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Old 05 January 2004, 06:58   #11
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If I remember correctly I think I got about 37/39 knots on the GPS on my 4m Searider, two up, two cans of fuel with a 50hp Yamaha 2 stroke.
This was with my big prop. With the smaller prop that came with the boat the top speed was not as good and the engine sounded awful (over-revving). However, with the big prop it didn't really want to plane with more than 3 in the boat. No problem with the smaller prop though.

If you do try the engine from your Shetland watch the revs as the propeller may be a finer (smaller) pitch than ideal.

Seariders - top boats and I think that the 4m is a real hooligan.

By the way - saw a couple of chaps yesterday going to Cowes - one in a 4m searider with a 40hp 4s and the other in a 3.45 with a 30hp 2s anyone on here?

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Old 07 January 2004, 12:20   #12
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Searider is sooooooooooooo good

I have the pleasure of owning a 4 metre Searider with a 50 two stroke and its superb , loves the lumpy stuff and gives loads of confidence. Out of the few ribs I have owned up to 6 metres this is my favorite.

If you want to block off the flooding hull , best to fit a dinghy type circular removable hatch , which then gives you the option to simply remove it when you want it back as a flooding hull.

You would also have to block off front breather holes to completely seal it, howver blocking off the flooding hull you will miss out on that sinking noice every time you come to a halt.

Cant say I notice it , as mine pulls away superbly, if you wanted more grunt for waterskiing then it would probably make sense to keep hull from flooding.

Please remember this flooded hull at trolling speeds in very bad conditions will give the boat more stability
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Old 07 January 2004, 16:42   #13
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I have a Honda 40 4 stroke on mine and it whacks along at an average 30 kts withoug even trying!! reckon yours must be mid 80's if it is No 300. I bought three last year ending up with the one I have now. What steering set up does yours have, console or speed boat style?
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Old 07 January 2004, 16:49   #14
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Hi Searider
Bit of a co-incidence I have a Searider with a Honda 40 and went to IOW with my mate Nick who has a boat fitting the other's description. However that was way back in October.
I normally launch at Lee on Solent and camp at Gosport but have just found another camp site at Warsash and believe I can launch into the "Itchen there"? As a local is that right?
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Old 07 January 2004, 19:07   #15
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Hi Searider
Bit of a co-incidence I have a Searider with a Honda 40 and went to IOW with my mate Nick who has a boat fitting the other's description. However that was way back in October.
I normally launch at Lee on Solent and camp at Gosport but have just found another camp site at Warsash and believe I can launch into the "Itchen there"? As a local is that right?
Noddy,

If you're camping in Warsash there is a free slipway into the River Hamble (not Itchen) at Warsash. I've not used the slip as i am on the other side of the river but see lots of people using it so i guess it must be OK.

The 4m I saw at the weekend had a Yam 40 not a Honda.

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Old 07 January 2004, 19:26   #16
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The warsash slip is a good one but close to high tide it has a small gradiant so the trailer need to be pushed down the slip 20/30 yrds at times.

On a spring in really moves fast as its shallow from 3/4 to full tide - can catch you out. It has me


can you camp or is it just caravans
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Old 08 January 2004, 10:29   #17
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Hello mojo
I'm the guy with the searider on boats & outboards. guess having read the last few posts you may not think it's so much Pie in the sky anymore, although 35 knots was on a gps and one up on a flat calm. Goes to show that a modern fourstroke can produce as much punch if not more than an old twostroke of the same size.
bin your old elephants trunk and get hold of an auto bailer with a ping pong ball type setup(cant remember the correct terminology.)
When in the water the ball blocks the hole and prevents the hull flooding(as long as the forward holes are blocked also) When pulling away the ball falls away allowing any water entering via the external drain hole to drain as per design. Have to reiterate everyone elses comments, the 4.0 searider is one hell of a rib.

PS anyone interested she's still for sale any REASONABLE offer acepted
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Old 13 January 2004, 02:09   #18
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humble pie

bob

if you check the last post on the previous page you will see i admitted i was most likely wrong about my pie in the sky claim.
i had no previous experience with a rib and based it on similar sized fibreglass boats. I got 28kn GPS with a 30 with a tiny prop and no trim adjustment (the pin was siezed)

where would i aquire one of these "ping pong ball" bailers as ive never seen one before and and most of the chandlers in my area are mainly for yotties.

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