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Old 25 November 2005, 11:48   #11
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Great info guys. Looks like everything is in the affirmative. Now I need to put on my negotiating hat and see if I can get a fair deal. Thanks for the feedback. We'll see in a few weeks time if something pans out. Even if not, I'm eventually going to get a 5.4.
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Old 25 November 2005, 12:11   #12
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Hi

If you look at this link you will see a SR 5.4 & SR 4 next to each other (the two orange boats).

http://www.powerboat-training-uk.co.uk/gallery.htm

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Old 25 November 2005, 12:12   #13
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. My 6.5m Scorpion with a 150hp Optimax uses the same amount of fuel as the 5.4m Searider did!



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Boatster you mentioned the excessive weight difference between a SR6 and a 5.4 AS far as I know there are two types of 6's one is a stretched version of the 5.4 and the other is a 6.2 which is a shrunken version of the 8.4 and they are built stupidly tough!

I think so anyway
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Old 28 November 2005, 13:59   #14
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Hi RogueWave,

the boat is an SR6 with dual 90hp Tohatsu TLDIs. I was reading the specs and its twice the weight of a 5.4. I don't understand how 2 extra feet means double the weight. I begin to wonder if my Mitsubishi Montero (Shogun) V6 can manage towing this boat. I think the 5.4 would be perfect for my needs though. Dual 90s and all that weight seems more capable than the task i'll be asking of it.

The 5.4 I'm considering has a 70 Johnson 2 stroke but the tubes would need some tlc. I'm wondering if I should hold off and wait for a cleaner boat to pop up or just dive in.
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Old 28 November 2005, 14:59   #15
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go for it!

Toobs are possible to clean up.....to a point and will look acceptable in a day or so of effort.

The good thing about a Searider is that it will last for decades , so if the tubes hold air you can always retoob em in a few years if you so desire.

David Manning renovated my Sea rider ( and damn near made a silk purse out of a sows ear) He used Hypalon paint on the rubbing strakes which hid a few years of use!

I am presuming the hull is sound!

Re the excessive weight I guess the following might account for it:
the transom has to be substantially stronger to hold the extra engine weight and I presume that whatever that attaches to (the Hull) has also to be stronger to handle the extra forces generated by the engines
The boat is wider at the rear and the tubes are bigger
I would also imagine it would have inboard tanks

I have an Avon searider project to work on over the winter. It's a six metre and in a bit of a state, I'll keep you posted!
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Old 28 November 2005, 15:38   #16
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This sr6 has a 12 gallon portable tank under the console and two 6 gallons under the seat. Talk about sitting on a bomb!

I've been trying to look for something like hypalon paint. I'm afraid however it would just make things look worse when it eventually peels or bubbles off etc. And then if you need to patch or reglue something things will start to look tattered etc.

I do need to check the hull. I haven't been able to see the boat in person as they are over 800 miles away. Just photos and e-mail right now.
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Old 29 November 2005, 02:57   #17
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If you look at this link you will see a SR 5.4 & SR 4 next to each other (the two orange boats).

http://www.powerboat-training-uk.co.uk/gallery.htm

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Wow, just looked at the photos. The sr4 looks like a dingy compared to the 5.4. Thanks for the pics pmorgan.
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Old 29 November 2005, 03:41   #18
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Wow, just looked at the photos. The sr4 looks like a dingy compared to the 5.4. Thanks for the pics pmorgan.
It should do, I think the larger Avon is in fact the 5.6m Adventurer.

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Old 29 November 2005, 05:32   #19
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The 5.4 I'm considering has a 70 Johnson 2 stroke but the tubes would need some tlc. I'm wondering if I should hold off and wait for a cleaner boat to pop up or just dive in. [/QUOTE]

I agree with Rogue - if the hull is sound and the price is right sounds ok! I guess you would want to be sure the trailer was ok before an 800mile tow... what are prices like stateside?
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Old 30 November 2005, 14:32   #20
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Pete7,

You're right its a 5.6 Searider. I was browsing around more on the website.

George,

It really depends on the condition but I've seen them selling anywhere from $3000-$7000. Some want over $10000 but I'm sure they don't sell. Most all the seariders here are ex USCG boats purchased as surplus.
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