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Old 12 June 2012, 07:06   #1
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Searider 4 rev counter

I have just fitted a rev counter to my Searider 4, the only suitable place I could find was below the steering wheel as the Mercury dial requires an 86mm diameter hole and the bezel protrudes to 97mm. In that space there was a metal plate that gave the safe inflation info for the tubes, this was held on with 4 screws, unfortunately the screws on the rectangular plate are all just outside the 97mm circle, the only option I could think of was to have a stainless bezel manufactured with the inner diameter of 86mm and an external diameter of 116mm, this would ensure a nice neat finish all around. The bezel is being manufactured for me as I type and will be finished in brushed grain, has anyone else had this issue and how did you get around it?

I must say I was really impressed with the quality of the consul, my circular cutter got through it fine, but the consul is a sturdy piece of kit with ply bonded in.

My other problem is re siting the plate, I don't want to go screwing more holes so any ideas where I could put this, thanks
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any ideas where I could put this, thanks

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But it is headed IMPORTANT, how would I remember to check the tubes are fully inflated to between 2 to 3 P.S.I. without it

















Just trying to keep it as original as possible
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But it is headed IMPORTANT, how would I remember to check the tubes are fully inflated to between 2 to 3 P.S.I. without it



Just trying to keep it as original as possible
Iím just jealous as I do not have one on mine!
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I must say I was really impressed with the quality of the consul, my circular cutter got through it fine, but the consul is a sturdy piece of kit with ply bonded in.

My other problem is re siting the plate, I don't want to go screwing more holes so any ideas where I could put this, thanks
Make sure you seal the cut edges of the console to keep water out of the wood.
Stick the plate on the transom with a dab of Sika.
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Old 12 June 2012, 09:03   #6
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I made a template to fit my rev counter, trim gauge and switch for nav lights and got a friend who's a shopfitter to make it then sprayed and sealed it ,was a tight fit tho .Here's some pic's
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Thanks Dave, I hadn't sealed the edges so will do this weekend when I fit the bezel. It's a tight fit between my cut and the rev counter so what should I seal the wood with, a smearing of Sikaflex?

Good idea on the plate, i may cut the heads off the screws and glue them to the plate so it looks like it's screwed in then Sikaflex as you said

I found it difficult getting into reverse, I think the cables may need replacing, the boat was garaged for 2 yrs before I bought it last weekend I have serviced the engine and replaced the steering cable, so may as well complete the job.

The boat and engine is 1999 but looks like brand new so I want to keep it that way

I have been looking at GPS systems, all silly money at £400 plus (Garmin include charts at that price), I have an old Garmin Quest with full UK charts so will probably use that although with age my eyes are not at their best for looking at small screens, I actually think my iphone with the Navionics charts on it is bigger.

I was looking at a depth sounder but the flooding hull discounts the in hull transducer, would a transom mount be a waste of time due to the position by the prop?

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I made a template to fit my rev counter, trim gauge and switch for nav lights and got a friend who's a shopfitter to make it then sprayed and sealed it ,was a tight fit tho .Here's some pic's
WOW! FANTASTIC Makes my bezel look a bit Heath Robinson I was looking at fitting a trim gauge but I don't think my 1999 Merc 50 2 stroke is compatible. The trim is a pain, I have to keep looking back, maybe after a while I will get used to it.
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This is my rev counter, I used some sticky anti slip tape as a temporary measure 4" square, the stainless bezel will look much better I think

http://www.rib.net/forum/attachment....1&d=1339507119


This is my new Mercury prop 19 1/8 x 15, seems to go well, but need better weather to fully test it

http://www.rib.net/forum/attachment....1&d=1339507119


And this is an anchor bag I fitted, keeps everything neat, I can just attach it to the bow when required, I also fitted a spare 25ltr fuel tank, but need a cover for it to protect it from the sun (If it ever appears), I may go for white or silver to reflect the heat.

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Your engine will be compatible to fit a trim gauge but you will need to fit a trim sender unit to your engine

This sits just inside the engine bracket but they were not supplied when new so check beforehand someone may have fitted one on yours.

When i did mine i got also the wiring harness that plugs in the control box to wire the rev counter and trim gauge

Got my sender unit from the States being so much cheaper than over here

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