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Old 28 March 2006, 05:10   #1
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Old searider reconfiguring. Why not?

So I was just looking at my 5.4 and wondering how much better it would be
with a console and jockey pods like the Ribcrafts. To be honest if I had access to a bunch of Seariders I'd consider refurbing and rekitting them as a Ribcraft. Afterall the searider hull is a brick sh!t proven hull and the Ribcrafts layout look polished. If I were in the UK I'd seriously consider going into the biz of reconfiging old seariders and have molds made for a matching console and pods to outfit like a Ribcraft. Doesn't most of the work go into the hulls anyways? From what I gather tubes and consoles are the easier bit (just what I've observed through conversation). I think the Avon center pod is a poor design but I personally have too much going on and limited finances to take on a re-config. At most I'm going to have a tall windshield fabbed from SS. Just a random though I had tonight.
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Old 28 March 2006, 09:37   #2
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I think you will find most people who buy a old searider do change the deck layout as we sell lots of jockey consoles. we have converted quite a few as well..
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Old 28 March 2006, 13:07   #3
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Hmm. I don't think I've seen a photo of a searider with a different layout. It was a random thought I had. Actually I do recall a photo of one 5.4 that was converted now that I think about it..... Oh jeez what was I thinking there are a bunch of sr4s that were converted as well!!!

When I think about it I have seen a variety of sr4s that were reconsoled but alot of them don't look too proper including mine I might add. It would be cool if someone really designed a nice console/pod layout that made the seariders look really spiffy.

Anyways it was really late lastnight when I made the initial post. Thats what happens when I work too late....
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Old 28 March 2006, 21:30   #4
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Have you got your boat back together since your last pictures? put some up if you have them, would like to see how it came out.
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Old 28 March 2006, 22:59   #5
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Its coming together. I've reduced some of my ambitions a little. Time and such, I'm beginning to think I need to get her together so I can go for some runs before other responsibilites take all my time. I will take some pics and post in the gallery forum.
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