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Old 04 January 2006, 02:36   #21
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Well I took delivery today of the 5.4. The trailers got to go as its too large and heavy. It should be no problem as it is in top condition with new tires. Fortunately we have a good market for used trailers here in Los Angeles.

Anyways its got a 1996 Johnson 70 with power tilt. The tubes need some tlc here and there but otherwise hold air fine. The hull is sound. I can't believe how much thicker this hull is from my sr4! Hitting the hull with my fist sounds like hitting a brick wall! The original center console isn't the best layout but it should work fine. I'm excited to see how she goes in the ocean. She isn't the best looking but everything looks in good working condition. A little tlc here and there and I think I'll have a solid rib. I will post photos tomorrow.
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Old 04 January 2006, 04:34   #22
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look forward to seeing the pics
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Old 04 January 2006, 10:47   #23
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Well I took delivery today of the 5.4. The trailers got to go as its too large and heavy. It should be no problem as it is in top condition with new tires. Fortunately we have a good market for used trailers here in Los Angeles.
Congrats and welcome to the 5.4 club Sounds like the same trailer story when I got mine. Good luck and enjoy the new RIB!
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Old 04 January 2006, 13:15   #24
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Dctucker,

Mine isn't as nice as yours. This is the boat you posted a few months ago from Ebay. I purchased the boat outside of Ebay with the previous owner and paid a good price. Considering that alot of other sr5.4s were way too far away for me to even consider, this one fit the bill nicely. Mine is all ready for use but I do need to do some clean up and regluing to get her to where I want.

The sr5.4 is a big step up from the sr4 in length, girth as well as heft I think.
I'm hoping great things for the sea trial.

I will try to get photos up today or within the next few. I want to make a slidestory of this .
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Old 04 January 2006, 21:27   #25
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Yes, I remember it. The trailer is a bit of a beast. Glad that RIB found a good home with someone who will clean it up and put it to good use. How's the OB on it? Appeared from the photos that it was likely the original USCG. I suspect that boat will actually clean up reasonably well. Not perfect, but good enough. It's actually sort of neat to see it in what appears to be something very close its original USCG layout. That "splash shelf" on the transom was removed from my boat, along with the original fuel tank, before I got it. There have been times when I wished I had that! It does look like it takes up an aweful lot of room though.

Looking forward to seeing more photos.
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Old 05 January 2006, 03:22   #26
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The outboard is very clean. Its a 1996 so the boat was definitely repowered. The motor probably had 1-2 years use before it went civilian. The boat itself had some good use so the hull and console have faded a little. I washed the tubes down this evening and they look significantly better. I found only 2 pin holes. The strake on the bow needs replacing and some seams could use regluing. I'm going to get a new trailer and check out the wiring. I'll probably run through the oil system and impeller next.

I have high expectations for how it'll handle the ocean. My sr4 has set the bar high I think.

It looks like photos will have to come in a few days.
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Old 06 January 2006, 15:53   #27
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Maiden voyage on new years day! the 5.4 feels a much bigger boat on the water than the 4m - very smooth by comparison and still easy to launch/ recover - sadly I didn't get a long voyage as the carbs proved to need cleaning out - lots of boat for the money
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Old 06 January 2006, 21:54   #28
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I did manage to sneak the 5.4 out lastnight in the dark. The Johnson 70 is
amazingly quiet and smooth. It literally started on the first crank and never died. I couldn't believe how quiet a 2 stroke this motor is. The extra 5.4 length was an all together different ride than the sr4. I'm not sure what the pitch on the prop is but I gps'd a top speed of 34 mph. I didn't get to properly trim the motor as the trim gauge isn't working. A few little things need attention here and there. So far 2 thumbs up!!
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Old 07 January 2006, 01:04   #29
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I'm jealous! I want to get out on the water!! Unfortunately it's only been in the low 30's F here, with wind chill there wouldn't be much left of me! Haven't had an invite to go sailing yet this winter. I suspect that must be due to sympathy for having a new baby in the house, but it would do me good. Must remedy that soon.

Looking forward to a regatta in St. Pete, FL next month. I've got to sort out a way to build a rack of sorts bolted to the trailer to carry a 16' sailboat above the RIB. I've seen it done with smaller boats, should be able to work it out. Sun, shorts & tee-shirt... that'll be more like it!

What are your upgrade plans once you get the boat cleaned up, or is it too soon to have figured that out yet? How do you find the bow rise/hull draining/hole shot without the SmarTabs? Plan on installing them on the 5.4 too? What else? Inquiring minds want to know!

Must at least go spin the steering wheel on my boat to keep the cable loose, charge up the battery and such. Maybe Sunday, it's supposed to be warmer then!
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Old 07 January 2006, 03:29   #30
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Dctucker,

I'm going to rewire the console, put 2 patches on, replace some bow strake, repair the bent steering rod on the outboard (it snags), and replace the trailer among many other little things. I intend to have a windshield fabricated out of SS eventually. With regards to the Nauticus tabs I haven't really got a good feel of the boat just yet. It doesn't shoot skyward on hole shot so maybe not. Time will tell once I get things squared away. I must say I'm really falling in love with Seariders though. I might one day put a smallish A frame on too.

I'm very happy so far!
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