Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 23 July 2008, 14:34   #1
Member
 
Country: Austria
Town: vienna
Boat name: --
Make: avon
Length: 4,7
Engine: Mercury 500
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 37
Send a message via Yahoo to dodl
different searider hulls?

Hello,

3 years ago, i had a Avon Searider 4,70. The boat was rock stable and i was really satisfied with it.
Thought of buying one again, since there are no 470 on the market i'd go for a 5,4m.

Now my boat had a very stable deck, about 1cm thick, with plywood core. Below there were some kind of sealed "compartments". The deck was reinforced at the stern (because of a righting bag?). Everything very rugged and stiff. It was not any kind of a special model, the normal 4.7 in the de luxe version. Built around 1988.

In a german forum i read about a SR 5.4 where all those things are not included. Just a simple 5mm GRP Deck, nothing else. Big trouble with the transom which is weak by design (and rotten).

Did Avon change at some time the construction of their hulls?
I dont want to go from Austria to UK by car, just to find such a junk boat.
What i want is again the same bulletproof design i had on my last SR.

Are there any infos, charts or something else, where i could find out if a boat i'm looking at, is the solid version? Just in case there had really been a redesign sometimes in the past?

many thanks
martin
__________________

__________________
dodl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 July 2008, 17:32   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: West Wales
Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,298
I've never seen a moulded GRP deck on a 5.4 Searider - maybe it was an Adventure? Some of the newer ones have a GRP deck

Come to think of it, maybe the Deluxe models with bucket seats, windscreen and 'bonnet' have moulded decks
__________________

__________________
Downhilldai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 July 2008, 18:12   #3
Member
 
Country: Austria
Town: vienna
Boat name: --
Make: avon
Length: 4,7
Engine: Mercury 500
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 37
Send a message via Yahoo to dodl
My old one was a deluxe with windscreen and had the plywood core. And some kind of weird design below the deck. The "compartments" i mentioned. They seemed to really act as additional compartments and fulfilled the purpose, stringers do on more conventional hull designs.

So this can not be the reason, not on those old models. The deluxe had a stable deck.

I always thought those SR's all have this design. But then i don't have a reason to doubt, if a guy who has his transom cut away from the hull, writes that his deck is only 3-5mm simple GRP.

thanks
martin
__________________
dodl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 August 2008, 04:59   #4
Member
 
Country: France
Town: Cannes
Boat name: midkat 550
Make: apoge
Length: 5m +
Engine: 2x50 Tohatsu
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 126
I think Avon is owned by Zodiac now - possibly the reason for weakening a good old product !
There are plenty of very good deep V hulls, I know one made in France by a local shipyard close to Nice, which can make the deck fitting as you want, with nice console, lockers, hypalon 1670dtx pontoon, etc ... and good price, direct from manufacturer to customer.

And he has a very nice catamaran line too - I have one !
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Tcat520.gif
Views:	120
Size:	168.4 KB
ID:	36971  
__________________
yorfuoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 August 2008, 05:01   #5
Member
 
Country: France
Town: Cannes
Boat name: midkat 550
Make: apoge
Length: 5m +
Engine: 2x50 Tohatsu
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 126
this shipyard name is Apoge Polyester, email is : apogepolyester@yahoo.fr
__________________
yorfuoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:58.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.