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Old 18 January 2005, 04:39   #21
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The traditional way to counter prop torque is to offset the engine by 1- 1 inches. Anyway the ammount of torque from a 90 (its max rated) is not huge!

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I find the torque pretty significant on mine (5.4m with 90hp 2 stroke) even with 1.5 inches offset. Maybe I'm driving too fast with no hull in the water
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Old 18 January 2005, 04:49   #22
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Console uncomfortable?

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Good strong boats that can take the punishment. They are rated for a 38kn with a 90hp, though mine does a little under that.
The little tube on the front of the console is for a light mast, and there should be a small one on the transom, starboard side.

The console is uncomfortable on a long run, but great for thrashing around. If you can change it then do, otherwise its very functional. They were built with an offset for some reason or another, but probably to lay a body down on the deck!

As an aid, hide any records of expenditure. You will be horified how a few quid here and a there turn into a few grand!!

Good luck, & keep us informed.
Regarding the console Alan priddy has the standard console in his Searider and he beat us all to Weymouth (60 mile run) on the BIBOA cruise in September - maybe he's made of sterner stuff than the rest of us!

A previous Owner has fitted an Outhill 2 man console the same as Avon fit to their D560s. Fits nicely but was very expensive.

For speed - I can get a tad under 40 knots with 90hp - but have a Lazer II prop that helps. My builders plate states 115hp as the maximum - but my boat is probably from a time when horses were smaller!

I would agree whole heartedly that you must not keep any collated records of what the boat is actually costing you. It will make you cry.

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Old 18 January 2005, 04:56   #23
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Ahh well there you go. I will bow to your esteemed wisdom and accept it.

As regards the cutting edge design, couldnt agree more. They are still excellent performers. Would like to have seen a slightly higher bow, as they can and do stuff.
When I visited SIBS year before last I was amazed at the number of new designs that float so high that the tubes are out of the water. This caused them to rock and slap even with 2 people onboard. I think it was ribeye, that I first noticed it. What other makes have you come accross that slap at rest.
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Old 18 January 2005, 05:01   #24
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Yo searider,
Met Alan last year, very very nice guy but has done a bit more of the extreme and probably kick starts his engines and spits 6" nails.

There is no builders plate on my boat, but I checked on Avons website for the data sheet. Maybe they did change the rating. Though a 90 engine was normally an untuned 115.
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Old 18 January 2005, 05:21   #25
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........ Would like to have seen a slightly higher bow..........
...............What other makes have you come accross that slap at rest.
The thing is with a Searider is that Avon spent a fortune developing and testing this boat and ended up with a design that has stood the test of time

These days, unless you have a government contract, you could not afford to spend a fraction of the money spent by Avon and so most boat designers stick to a know designs which results in everyone thinking that they are copying each other

Searider was designed to be a very stable at rest hence the flooding hull and the tubes on the water design, a lot of ribs these days are design for speed so are less fussed about 'at rest' stability.

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Old 19 January 2005, 12:10   #26
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Seems that my offset console means 2 things, firstly that it counters prop torque, second that it allows me to lay a casualty down next to it.

Doesn't look like anybody can be sure which is the reason, and which is the happy by product, but either way it looks beneficial for both!

Smack bang in the middle of exams right now, but I hope to pick the Rib up friday 28th Jan, and get moving on it!

I shall after careful consideration burn all receipts, although I will aim to do as much work as poss myself, and see what I can offer people in return for goods/services!
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Seems that my offset console means 2 things, firstly that it counters prop torque, second that it allows me to lay a casualty down next to it.
Give Avon a ring they will tell you that the original reasoning was to offset the torque

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Old 19 January 2005, 12:28   #28
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Sounds good to me!

Especially when I decide sod the insurance and fit a 200hp optimax to the back.... (aint gonna happen...)
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Old 24 February 2010, 18:22   #29
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We have exactly the same model Searider.

We are well pleased with ours. We plan to use a Honda 50hp 4 stroke on ours.

Thought you would like to know there is another Searider AVB72269J889 working out there.

Please does anyone know the spec for weight and people carrying loads for this type of rib?


We looked for a transom plate with the normal grown adults/child and suitcase picture and weight number, but we could'nt find one.

The spec details, if known would be great.

It was good to see some photos of it.

I hope you have happy ribbing.

Thanks.
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Bearing in mind the 5.4 has a max load of 10 people according to the military plates on mine, it's probably better to tell us what you're expecting to use yours for.

50hp is somewhat underpowered unless you want to use it for local safety cover.
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