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Old 16 October 2004, 22:54   #1
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Opinions on this possible searider purchase please??

Hi,

I need some advice about what to look for in a searider 4m. I took alook at it today and all seems well. There is only one patch and the owner says that it hardly leaks any air over time. It has a 2000 Tohatsu 2 stroke that he has under 100 hours use. It also has a custom bench seat made of stainless steel and a stand up console. Is there anything I should pay special attention to the next time I take a look at it? Would floor rot be a concern with this boat? Its a 1990 ex Coastguard model. Most likely it will involve a sea trial. Here is a photo of the boat:
http://www.porfor.com/searider.jpg

Thanks again everyone.

Boatster,
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Old 17 October 2004, 01:10   #2
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I forgot to mention it has a year 2000 Tohatsu 50 hp 2 strk
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Old 17 October 2004, 04:55   #3
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What seating options would I have too?

Sorry for the million questions but would a bolster seat, a regular captains seat or a jockey seat be best for this console? Its a bit high up. The owner said he sits on the tubes when he's under way.

Any ideas? Thanks again

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Old 17 October 2004, 05:18   #4
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Thats going to be a rather quick little boat with 50 horses on the back end. Suggest a jockey seat that you can grip with your legs. Avons do have a very high reputation for quality so you shouldn't find anything nasty.

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Old 17 October 2004, 07:57   #5
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Boat looks very nice in picture.

Go for a jockey seat (single or double) and see if you can put in some toe straps.
I have a double jockey seat and I seem to spend all my time sliding backwards on it. I'd like two singles. there seems to be enough space for it.

These boats are brilliant and hard as nails. Mine is nearly 20 years old, looks terrible, its had a hard life with the Royal navy, but I think its a great boat.

It flys with a 50 HP 2 stroke on the back as well.

I used to have a 2003 40 HP 2 Stroke Tohatsu. Only problem with it was the noise.

Best of luck.

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