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Old 22 January 2004, 13:31   #1
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Please Help Identify This RIB

Good afternoon,
I am new to the RIBnet and I need your collective expertise. I have found a RIB to resurect from the dead. Attached is a photo of the treasure! The only information I have is that it's 17ft (5M+/-). My questions are: 1) Can anyone identify the boat from the photo? 2) What should I look for with regard to an inspection I'll give the craft next week? 3) Are new "tubes" very expensive if the tube proves to be trashed? 4) What should I pay for this boat? (impossible question, but I had to ask)

The boat is located in the US. It's currently frozen solid and therefore I think I can buy it on the cheap. Oh, one last question, can I put a Mercury 150HP outboard on a 5M Rib? If so, I'll bet I have a thrill machine on my hands.

Thanks in advance for all of the advice.

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Old 22 January 2004, 13:35   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

That's a vey small picture. Is it possible for you to post a larger one? May help people in identifying it.


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Here's another shot of the Rib

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Old 22 January 2004, 13:40   #4
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There's details on picture sizes to use on this forum here .

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Old 22 January 2004, 13:58   #5
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Its a 5.4m Avon Searider. Max recommended engine is 90hp i think so the 150's a no go!

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Old 22 January 2004, 17:24   #6
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It is a Sea Rider and they are arguably the best small ribs made, they are very sturdy and have been in production for a long time and are very expensive new. This one is a long way from that however!.

The hulls are fairly bulletproof and it looks like you have all the seat mouldings. I have just bought one in a similar state to renovate so maybe we can exchange notes .

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2) What should I look for with regard to an inspection I'll give the craft next week?

Delamination. check as best you can that the gell coat is still firmly attached to the rest of the fibreglass.

Check that the fixing points are still good for the consoles etc and also check that the transom is still firmly attached to the hull/Tubes.
If all that is OK then everything else is easily renewable. I'd also check there was no frozen water inside the hull.

3) Are new "tubes" very expensive if the tube proves to be trashed? About 1500 to 2 k over here

4) What should I pay for this boat? (impossible question, but I had to ask) In that state and providing that answers to question 2 are favourable then maybe 500 to 1000 bucks anything less than 500 bucks and it becomes a real good buy

150 hp is a no no But looking at you location and considering it's got the ability to get f f f f airly cold out there I'd consider sticking two 50's or 60 twins. The weight balance might be tricky however

The transom is rated to 90 HP but you could emulate David Mannng who really beefed up his transom and stuck a 115 on th eback......waaheyy
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Old 22 January 2004, 17:25   #7
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Hi

Def a 5.4 sea rider - this will cost you arong 2000 ish to retube.

I have just had one refurbished, 2000 for the retube 1500 to sort the hull and console out.

I'm looking for 4500 to 5000 k so you know what kind of prices you are looking at.

The 150hp is out, i have put a new 75hp on one and it goes well (40knots) anymore than 40 knots at it chines like hell !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 22 January 2004, 17:35   #8
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Jono,

Do you really get 40 knots with the 75 hp on a 5.4 hull.

I can't get that ont of our 5 mtr with the same engine - about 35ish knots.


what prop do you have on it
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Old 22 January 2004, 17:38   #9
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Tubes

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Re the tubes i have just got a 5.3m RIB that needs new tubs. Over here there are couple of people i have had cost this and the UK prices go from 1700-2400. The good thing doing this is you get the personal colour you want (and a new looking RIB). If you search RIBnet there are some pictures of a RIB that has just been done up with new tubes. With my RIB cost of tubs was reflected in the cost. Good luck.

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Old 22 January 2004, 17:38   #10
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http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...=avon+searider

This is a link to David (top Guy) Mannings thread. You can get past the chining on a sea rider it takes a while but you can do it.

Jono the Disco's chine a bit as well don't they

I'll go an get you alink to Jono'sthread. Personally I prefer David's because the Sea rider looks like it should and it's macho. However Jono's finished product looks excellent


http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3517
This would be Jono's boat
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