Hi, first post, though long time trawler through your archives
5 years ago I lived on a wee uninhabited isle (bar us) with my then girlfriend. She had a 4.0 metre Avon searider. As things go, we split up and both left, though at the time it was me that kept on top of the rib repairs (basic stuff, cleaning carbs, changing filters, fuel pumps etc).
By chance, I met her recently and bought the rib off her, though she had left it in the open for the last 3 winters without using it.
Leg could not be dropped so couldn't start it up (moored on beach so no hose). Manual release - seized, hydrolic release valve - seized. Local engineer managed to get tilt and trim motor off, the magnets had detached (he put them back on upside down lol). So this now 'okay'.
Previously the autolube had been playing up, and memory tells me I thought the waxstat had gone/was going.
Rib now sits tilted (this is mainly why I signed up, as cannot find anything similar in archives). I know it is a self flooding hull, but on the beach it wants to lie to starboard all the time, and keeps the list once in the water and presumably flooded. And on beach, you can hear water slooshing around if you rock her.
Steering very very stiff for about half the turning circle, and I don't know how to check if it is the hydrolic cable or the engine part.
A few other faults that I'll get to like fibreglassing a bit of the console, resiting battery etc, but these are the main things I could do with a few pointers on.
Ta in advance, Robert.