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Old 07 December 2006, 09:52   #1
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Three quick questions -

What size outboard do/did you run on your 5.4mR Searider?

Are/were you happy with that amount of power?

What do you think is the optimal HP?
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Old 07 December 2006, 13:02   #2
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Opti power

I had a couple of these and i think optimum is either 90 or 75, my first one ran a 75 mariner with an 18" stainless prop, it was great, the latest one has the 65 suzi 2 stroke on it and is extremely well balanced, these hulls do tend to chinewalk at higher speeds as my first one did but was easily cured by putting some weight forward.
I hope this helps.
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Old 07 December 2006, 15:20   #3
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putting a yam 85 two stroke on mine, let you know what it goes like next week!! just finished restoring it !!
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Old 07 December 2006, 15:51   #4
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yam 90 on mine, and I'm glad to have the power.
36kn WOT 2 up and not much fuel, but does start to chine walk as ribraff said.

would not want less though. Friend had a 60 and found iit underpowered. So changed to a 90 and well chuffed.
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What size outboard do/did you run on your 5.4mR Searider?
115hp Yamaha V4.

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Are/were you happy with that amount of power?
I'd rather have had the Yamaha 130hp V4

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What do you think is the optimal HP?
115 Yamaha V4.

40+knots and no chine walking possibly because the fuel tank was mid mounted, plenty of anchor/chain up front, no heavy A frame on the back and the engine is a good match for the rib.

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90hp Mariner 2 stroke.

Was very happy with it. Made a shade under 40kts. Chine walked a bit above about 35knots.

Was probably a bit more power that I "needed" but think that 90hp was about right.
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115hp Yamaha V4.

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Awesome. That rig should be on Top Gear....................
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Old 07 December 2006, 19:12   #8
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So, 90 is the popular choice from this small sample. I'm finally going to order a new E-TEC next week, still trying (unsuccessfully!) to convince myself that I should save $1400 USD and buy the 75 instead of the 90. Must do a bit more shopping around tomorrow!

David, 130 is a bit over the top, even for me! Ordering the 90 over the 75 is going to annoy my wife enough! If I can narrow the price gap a bit more...
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DC I've used the 75 HP Mariner 2 stroke on a 5.4 and I was satisfied. Speed wise was the same as my 4m SR with a 50 on the back, but the boat was more sea worthy.

Don't write off the 75 its a good engine on that boat. Not the fastest but allows you to do everything you want with a 5.4.
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Certainly I would have no qualms about putting a brand new 75 on the back of a 5.4 searider.
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