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Old 20 December 2003, 10:42   #1
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Searider hull, worthwhile?

Considering buying the searider hull advertised in the boats for sale section. Is £850 a reasonable price? And is it worthwhile me going for it as a project to do up and kit out as I want?

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Old 20 December 2003, 10:46   #2
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Considering buying the searider hull advertised in the boats for sale section. Is £850 a reasonable price? And is it worthwhile me going for it as a project to do up and kit out as I want?

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Old 20 December 2003, 10:51   #3
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4 metre, ready for a console and jockey seat installation.
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Old 20 December 2003, 13:10   #4
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Having looked at the thread I'd say if the boat is in Good nick then it seems to be agood deal. If you do buy it bring it to us for a couple of days and we will help you fit it out.
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Old 21 December 2003, 18:15   #5
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Hmmm

Nice pipedream but bear in mind you can pick these up from £1500 squid upwards on a trailer with something strapped to the back , I would have thought an expensive option....

You'll need a Trim / Tilt 50 of some sort and they seem to go for silly money secondhand at around £1100 upwards so straight away you've spent more without having a trailer , fitting out , etc , etc.....

Allways cheaper to buy a complete package which can then be worked on...

Surprisingly a very capable simply brilliant boat for only 4 Metres , very impressed with mine

Havnt posted for a while what happened to your SIB you were getting ?
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Old 22 December 2003, 10:12   #6
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The searider does come with a trailer, but having thought about it it probably would end up costing me more to sort it all out.

As for the SIB, the fact that for the same price as a new SIB and outboard I could get a Searider or similar has got me thinking about taking the RIB path instead. Depends what I can find really.
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Old 22 December 2003, 14:13   #7
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hello there just to let you know that i to have recently upgraded from a sib(4m humber with 20hp merc on the back to a 4m avon searider. the sea rider came from a girls college in the lake district and was used as a saftey boat, they upgraded and so took the bits of to use on there new boat and i bought the bare boat and trailer for £400, since then i have bought a 40hp mariner and paid a prof company to fit it and set it up. all in all it has cost about £1500, thats every thing inc lighting board spare wheel new whinch, it's amazing just how much the little extras cost and soon add up, but all in all i am very pleased with my new rib, whitch is infinitly more comftable/seaworthy than my sib.
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Old 22 December 2003, 14:18   #8
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and here is apicture of my sib sorry the picture wont upload as it is a tif file, will change it to a jpeg and try again
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Old 22 December 2003, 18:33   #9
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Interesting thread

Hi guys.... Matiboy has got a really good point and i may be able to add to what he's said having done exacly what he described.
I bought an £1,800 boat trailer and engine combo back in March and have spent the rest of this year fixing it up, making it more sea worthy and fitting it out electronically.
I've also had to contend with a complete engine rebuild and an insurance claim which has not helped much.
If i'd opted for a retube and re gell of the hull i'd have spent another few grand and as it stands now i've probably spent about 6k on what was to be a bit of fun, but at the end of it i have a very sea worthy kitted out boat i can easily move around, fits in my garage and dosen't cost the earth to run.
I suppose the "boat development syndrome" has already started where by you bye a wreck and fix it into something worth having and sell it for a bit more to fund the next project.

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Old 23 December 2003, 03:44   #10
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What Bilge Rat is saying is very true. I bought a 4m Searider in fairly good condition but wanted to personalise it and make it look new again.

I completely under estimated how long it was going to take and how much it was going to cost. So far it has taken me about 3 months and to be honest ( because of Chrsitmas being in the way ), I reckon it will take me another 2 before it is completely finished. With new engine, tubes, console, steel work and fibreglass materials, so far it have cost me about £4k plus the £2k I paid for the boat. For me, I have enjoyed doing it and I will eventually have a RIB that is exactly what I want in all aspects of colour, power and electronics etc.
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