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Old 21 August 2012, 15:42   #1
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Thoughts on Changing to an SR4

Im considering chopping in my Zodiac Pro 420 and getting an Avon SR4. ive found quite a nice one for sale. Its a fairly new boat fitted with a newish Yam 40hp 4 stroke.

Anybody got any thoughts on changing over, is it for the better?

Got some thinking to do before i really decide but thought id get some experts opinions to help.
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He has a 4m Searider and recently went out on a 420 which he found awful in comparison! We had a 420 for three years and really liked it but I've never tried an SR although from the cult following they have I reckon they must be quite a lot better. The 7 man is a very harsh ride it has to be said
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Think his is a 4.7 ? ( One of Whsipers many SRs)

I am tempted to get one ...first RIB I ever drove and loved it - that was 23 years ago.
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I have seen whisper is selling a 4.7 at the moment. Trouble for me is space getting it in the garage and increase in fuel costs with an engine almost double my current one. bugger.
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I have seen whisper is selling a 4.7 at the moment. Trouble for me is space getting it in the garage and increase in fuel costs with an engine almost double my current one. bugger.
4.7 is the rare one ( i think ) and maybe the best . I think you may find an SR4 a little cramped, but they are great hull, much heavier than similar boats and deeper V so a far better/smother ride than a 420 I'd imagine ( never driven a 420)

For small RIB not much at comes close to handling in waves I think .
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4.7 is the rare one ( i think ) and maybe the best . I think you may find an SR4 a little cramped, but they are great hull, much heavier than similar boats and deeper V so a far better/smother ride than a 420 I'd imagine ( never driven a 420)

For small RIB not much at comes close to handling in waves I think .

I was wondering about the size on the sr4 so i've emailed whisper for some details on width / height of his 4.7 for sale to see if it will squeeze in the garage. Its the whole smoother ride thing that i'm looking for and the main reason im considering changing. Its fine when i'm on my own as i tend to stand up in rougher waters but the wife isnt so keen on that.
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Difference between a 40hp and a 70hp on the fuel burn front is almost unnoticeable

Although I see you have a Honda on the 420..offt. We had a four stroke Suzuki on ours and that was heavy enough! Seariders only work with two strokes though....
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I was wondering about the size on the sr4 so i've emailed whisper for some details on width / height of his 4.7 for sale to see if it will squeeze in the garage. Its the whole smoother ride thing that i'm looking for and the main reason im considering changing. Its fine when i'm on my own as i tend to stand up in rougher waters but the wife isnt so keen on that.
Seen a few of his set ups and they are all really really well done..... tempted myself....
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Difference between a 40hp and a 70hp on the fuel burn front is almost unnoticeable

Although I see you have a Honda on the 420..offt. We had a four stroke Suzuki on ours and that was heavy enough! Seariders only work with two strokes though....
Thats good to hear. Counts in whispers one a bit more then. The 4m one ive seen has a 40hp 4 stroke, so maybe not such a great combo then.

Hopefully whisper will be online soon to see his post, failing that i'll give him a call at some point as he's listed his tel on the sale thread.

Got to consider what id get for my zodiac now. its all in perfect condition (2005) with about 150 hours on the engine with service history and all original receipts. Luckily i can store it elsewhere so dont need to get rid of it first before getting another. Just dont tell the wife........
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