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Old 02 February 2011, 06:02   #1
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Searider Hull differences?

This might seem a silly question but i have searched the forums and the internet and can't seem to figure it out?

I have just had a look at two SR4's next to each other with the view to purchase one of them

The only thing i can't seem to figure out is which one?

One hull is mid 90's i think with orange tubes and red/orange hull and the other is older, i couldn't see the serial number so i couldn't say how much. But it has grey tubes and an orange hull.

Anyway my question is at any time did Avon alter the construction of SR4's as the the hulls feel different?

This isn't very scientific the the newer one feels and sounds much thicker so i was wondering whether it might be? I had originally thought the older one might have started out life as a deluxe version, but it has the aluminium struts to the transom too?

So i am very confused now! Any ideas?
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Old 02 February 2011, 06:13   #2
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limited knowledge here, but i am sure some one will be along shortly to correct me / add to this.

believe the very first ones were made of ply covered in f/glass, whereas the later ones are just f/glass. as for the struts, they are to help with stopping the transom to flex if the bigger sized engines are used, so for a 20hp leave as is, but if fitting the max 50hp then defo have the struts fitted.
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Old 02 February 2011, 06:57   #3
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I had originally thought the older one might have started out life as a deluxe version, but it has the aluminium struts to the transom too?
All the early SR4s (centre console & side by side seating) had plywood decks and stainless transom struts.
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Be sure to check the deck to make sure it isn't soft before you buy either. I've seen plenty of the earlier boats that had a ply cored deck which are real soft.

good luck with it !
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Have you got any pics?
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I seem to remember that they did two different specs of boat, 20 odd years ago i worked for a sailing school where we had a number of 4m Seariders, one of which was a cheaper lighter spec. The others i think were a heavier commercial spec, to be fair it was a long time ago but thats my recollection.

Edit - Surely given the number of Sr experts on here someone must have the exact answer!
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