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Old 22 January 2012, 16:43   #1
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Searider Repairs and Improvements

Hi all

Will be finishing my Searider project in the next few weeks. Bit late for a thread but after a recent discovery a might as well do it now...

What I have done so far

-New bilge pump wire
-new battery connectors, cable and isolator
-Installed and wired a Tri Navigation light
-used wire from the old gps to connect the compass red light
-Moved backrest forward, reduces weight increasing speed and improving fuel consumption ...Basically only one person can sit on the seat...also acts a great leaning post
-Installed Garmin 551 chartplotter
-30 litre fuel tank with a top of the range bungee and zip tie securing system

All electrics are wired to a 6 switch panel (horn, vhf still to be wired)

Still to do

The tubes (not sure what material they are?) need to be re painted. it really shows how key prep is, repainted under two years ago. The old paint is flaking already in some places.

Tubes will also need new valves, A patch and the Rubbing strake re glued. agian clearly wasn't prepped properly when put on!

The hull damage was caused by a badly judged car recovery. The gash at the front was repair exposed by the grounding. I have started sanding hence all the missing paint and removed cracked gel coat, I also ripped all the old repair work off. My plan is use two part epoxy filler to fill all the chips and dings and the inside of the gash. I will then fiberglass it over restoring the original shape and use plenty of epoxy resin to finish off before re painting.

Oh and another 30l upfront still needs to be installed...

I have Zero experience really with anything like this. I learnt everything about wiring from internet guides so advice on how to repair is very helpful

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Old 22 January 2012, 17:11   #2
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Ouch!

Tubes are Hypalon.
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Ouch!

Tubes are Hypalon.
Thanks!
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No prob.

You need to go round the whole boat looking for rusty bolts and replacing them with A4 or 316 grade stainless looking at that pic of the A-frame where it's bolted into the transom. Do it as a priority too-rust will flake and allow water into the transom core.
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Not sure that I have the right perspective on that hull damage, where abouts is it?
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Ah, see it now. Me thinks you need to think carefully about that repair.
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Luckily I some bolts that I think will fit providing I cut them down a bit. Not sure how long the A-frame has been there but i'd say around 2005. I guess I am very lucky to still have a solid transom!
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Nathan, is it my eyes? or is that crack all along the keel? Please put up some more Pics of the hull matey, then we can all hopefully give you the write advice
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Nathan, is it my eyes? or is that crack all along the keel? Please put up some more Pics of the hull matey, then we can all hopefully give you the write advice
That is the way I see it. We all know what that means for a good long term repair
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yes it's along the keel. what does that mean
I'll take some more pics tomorrow
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