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Old 04 March 2015, 03:04   #1
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Searider 5.4 console variants

I'm in the BVI's and am about to rescue 2 of the 3 seariders shown here in the graveyard picture.
I am familiar with the slightly off centre squarish console with space for the tank underneath up front and a double jockey seat with SS backrest hoop.

Both the older hulls shown here have squat wide, long seats with a very low console and what looks like an odd steering helm position.

The 3rd boat has a round console front that looks quite good!

Anyone have an idea how many original console options there were?
Who offers aftermarket jockey seat/console packages?
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Old 11 March 2015, 14:40   #2
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Good Afternoon!
I spend quite a bit of time in the BVI. I have a home on STT.
To answer you question, the short jockey consoles are the standard for the Searider 5.4 - good luck on your project, it is gonna be tough sourcing everything you will need in the BVI but it will be totally worth it! It would cost a mint to ship a good Searider there, I know cause I did it!
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Old 12 March 2015, 08:37   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
Aye shipping can be pricey but there are plenty of old hulls here.

So, the 2 boats that have the long low consoles, were they military spec?
Anyone out there running these?
The seating and steering position look low and uncomfortable.
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We have supplied two large ribs to the BVI and I am sure you have seen them. One is with the Marine Police and the other is an all blue one supplied last December to the BVI Yacht Charter company. I agree shipping to the BVI can be expensive and in your case the best would be to fill up a 20 foot container . You will need new tubes and consoles perhaps even engines so this would be a nice load. I agree with you that the original Searider consoles are low so best to source high ones from another rib manufacturer.
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Good advice, thanks!
I know both the RIBs you mention, nice boats!
We will probably make up a mold from the rounded 5,4 console seen above. Engines and new tubes are in hand, just fresh paint, fresh glue and a bit of this and that!
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Good advice, thanks!
I know both the RIBs you mention, nice boats!
We will probably make up a mold from the rounded 5,4 console seen above. Engines and new tubes are in hand, just fresh paint, fresh glue and a bit of this and that!
Good stuff. Please keep us posted of the development as there are many Searider supporters on the forum
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