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Old 19 February 2007, 05:08   #1
Country: Ireland
Town: dublin
Boat name: pirate
Make: avon sea rider
Length: 5m +
Engine: ETEC 90
Join Date: Feb 2007
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recently bought searider 5.4 75mariner 4st, roller trailer,vgc.not much experience of ribs,but over 20 years with angling boats,how capable is this little boat.why flooding hull and can bungs be bought to seal it and if so where.

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Old 19 February 2007, 06:55   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Dartmouth
Boat name: Puffling
Make: Avon Searider 5.4m
Length: 5m +
Engine: 90hp Yamaha
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Good boat..

The 5.4 is a very capable little boat, we use them on the MOD ships the Mariner 75 suits them well as with a 90 the can be flipped easily due to the flighty handling. You can generally make good progress in any conditions and the only downside of a searider is they are quite a wet boat due to the un-raised bow.
The holes in the hull make it more stable at rest but they can be blocked up there are various threads on here about it. Makes them slighty faster onto the plane..
With the 75 you should get 30+knots.

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Old 19 February 2007, 11:16   #3
Country: UK - England
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have a look at my thread with reference to blocking the hull up, Good boat, you will have a lot of fun with it,
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Old 19 February 2007, 11:35   #4
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Good little boat in my opinion, does have it's limitations though, it can be very flighty as already mentioned but it's a good all rounder, i've just bought a 5.4 Sea-rider hull and will be setting it up for wakeboarding this summer, the flooding hull will be an advantage for this because i will be able to block the water in for extra drag and hopefully a big big wake!!

I'll put some pic's up of the progress.
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