A lovely drive down to Hampshire today and picked up the boat (Avon Searider SR4 bought from ebay) - very pleased with it... (some detail photos can be seen at Snipe Photos
- click on the guest button and look for searider detail album)...
The trailer is an Indespension in very good condition - boat / tubes / etc. look good to the casual look...
but of course it has raised some questions - no doubt 100s still to come, but for now - I wonder whether wiser heads than mine will know some answers??!!
the fuel tank is stored within the jockey console - the tank just fits in through the gap - but it is a 12 litre tank which doesn't seem very big...
- what is fuel consumption likely to be (pootling on the Thames / playing on the Solent) - 40hp Mariner 2 stroke from 1989 on the back.
- if that is the largest container which will get through the gap into the space under the seat - presumably a second could be added (space there) - is it simple though to change fuel out at sea / etc.?
- would you put another fuel tank somewhere else?
the kill switch sits on the controls box - but is very fiddly to pull out to put a kill cord over... (it then clicks back in until you fall overboard!)
- how do folks pull these out?
- what ending for a kill cord is needed for this?
the a-frame attachments don't look all that good
the frame seems quite firm - but not sure I would rely on it for towing etc.
- is this something to fix?
- or leave to support aerial / lights only?!
there are holes in the floor - some empty / some with bolts in them
- is this a cause for concern (water into floor etc.?)
- console is screwed to floor and not flush fitting - likely issues?
seems to be a 1989 engine (by serial number), and boat is either 1986 or 1989 (there is an overlapping 6 and 9 as the last figure on the transom)
- any known issues or nothing to worry about generally? (boat was in use last week...)
Thank you for your patience in reading this - any thoughts welcomed - very exciting to now have the boat - now just need to find time to put her on the water!