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Old 27 June 2001, 23:15   #1
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Town: Encinitas,Ca. USA
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Searider 5.7m

I'm considering purchasing the Avon searider 5.7m with 100hp Yamaha. I would appreciate feedback. I intend to use the boat in calm seas along the California Coast and Channel Islands. The Coronado Islands and Closest Channel Islands are a destination I would like to be able to reach in good seas. They are within 25 miles. Am I asking too much of this boat?

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Old 28 June 2001, 03:48   #2
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I don't know what the sea conditions are like where your are (apart from warmer than here in the UK!) but unless they are very severe you should be fine.

I used to run a 5.7 metre RIB with a 115 hp outboard, and it coped fine with crossings from the UK to France and the Channel Islands (not your Channel Islands though!) -- 60 to 70 miles of open water.

California sounds like a great place for RIB cruising!


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Old 28 June 2001, 08:40   #3
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I will agree with John.

I run a 5m RIB in the Aegean Sea (Greece). I am not an experienced ribster, however I often do crossings in the range of 15 to 30 miles.

I often see more experienced users cruising all around the Aegean Sea , from one island to the other (hope to do it one day).

Judging from the capabilities of my rib ,I think if you respect sea conditions you will be fine.

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Old 28 June 2001, 15:33   #4
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The Searider is an excellent boat, good seaworthiness, hard as nails and forgiving of the odd--but not too many please-mistakes.
Treated right, she will see you well.
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