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Old 10 May 2013, 05:27   #21
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out of interest does anyone know the differences between a 1985 avon dive rescue / dive boat and a sea rider?

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That boat is a 5.4 Searider.
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Old 10 May 2013, 06:48   #22
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Hi Tim ,

Thanks, the guy who owns it says its 5.6m although he could be measuring it wrong. Do you have any knowledge of this boat?

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Old 10 May 2013, 06:50   #23
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Hi Tim ,

Thanks, the guy who owns it says its 5.6m although he could be measuring it wrong. Do you have any knowledge of this boat?

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It's quite common for an SR to be measured with and elastic tape measure.
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Old 10 May 2013, 06:52   #24
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He's measuring it wrong, or it's got slightly overlength tubes on.

I've got one.
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Old 10 May 2013, 06:52   #25
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For round the coastline and bays then I'd be happy with a 5m ish boat. However, if you want to do France and the other islands then I'd be looking at a 6m as a minimum unless you are only going to go when the conditions are absolutely perfect. I used to do Alderney regularly on a 5.8 which became hard work if there was a bit of wind against tide.
Hi Erin,

Thanks for the advice, with this being my first boat i don't think i will be going to far unless conditions are very good. I agree that i should be looking at the larger boats though.

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It's quite common for an SR to be measured with and elastic tape measure.
Very true. 4.7's descibed as 4m and 5.4's described as 6m isn't uncommon.

It should have a HIN plate that'll say what it is. Ask him for the details off that.
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Maybe go and have a look at it this weekend, saves ferry trip to the UK if its half decent.

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As said before, ignore the engine. I just spotted it's got a Force 120hp on it.Awful motors and 120hp is WAY overpowered for it, it'll be dangerous.

Possible adverse effects on the transom as well if it's been used at high throttle openings with a heavy load and too much HP.
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2005 VALIANT DR490 RIB WITH YAMAHA 90HP AUTOLUBE OUTBOARD BOAT MOTOR ENGINE L@@K | eBay

what are peoples views on this? is there any brands i should stick to or avoid>

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Overpowered. More than the rated HP. IIRC, they're rated for 70hp so you may have issues with insurance.

Avoid....most Chinese boats. Un-branded boats. Anything with bladders in the tubes. Anything overpowered.
Anything with painted tubes. HAve a look down in the 'features' section-I wrote a guide to buying a project a few years ago. A lot of it will be relevant.
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