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Old 01 January 2017, 06:55   #31
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twin jockey seat/console complete with 90l fuel tank, anchor locker in the bow, Honda 50 with ptt, and a fat old bloke, works fine for me, even with my much better half aboard we can still explore the Nth Wales coastline and trips round Anglesey sip around 35l
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That's just silly.

If it was me, I'd glass a rail into the deck and rig a pulley system to run a block of lead fore and aft. You could use a sailing winch. Not sure where I'd store the handle when not in use. It's a can of worms.


I can think of a suitable place to store the handle!!
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Yep will do!

I only hope the Powertrim will be working and oil-tight. I already bought a new pump motor to go with it, now hoping i don't have to replace the seals and the pistons too.

@Chris My searider is still very much driveable even set up the way it currently is, but I'm not 100% happy about it. How does yours perform in head seas?(genuine interest here) and where do you store the fuel?
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Old 01 January 2017, 12:54   #34
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@Chris My searider is still very much driveable even set up the way it currently is, but I'm not 100% happy about it. How does yours perform in head seas?(genuine interest here) and where do you store the fuel?
hi Luke, the fuel tank is fitted inside the console/front seat and holds around 90l. I'm more than happy with the setup, I think the weight seems to be balanced just about right and the Honda pushes it along nicely upto around 35knots, so far the rib has been fine in all conditions I've been out in, head seas don't seem to bother it, I think I'll be giving up long before the Searider does
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Well the 90l Fuel tank should compensate the weighty engines and the Hondas are quite light for 4 Strokes.

Perhaps I'm driving too fast. Mine goes at 38kts, but the boat gets very light and starts to chinewalk quite badly.
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Hope that works!!.
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Well the 90l Fuel tank should compensate the weighty engines and the Hondas are quite light for 4 Strokes.

Perhaps I'm driving too fast. Mine goes at 38kts, but the boat gets very light and starts to chinewalk quite badly.
when I was looking for an engine, the Honda was the lightest 4 stroke available

I think it might go a bit faster if I changed the prop, but to be honest I'm happy with it as it is, it takes a bit of coaxing to get up on the plane with two on board, but once the flooding hull empties out it goes well enough
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I think it might go a bit faster if I changed the prop, but to be honest I'm happy with it as it is, it takes a bit of coaxing to get up on the plane with two on board, but once the flooding hull empties out it goes well enough
You know, the not-getting-on-the-plane-fast-enought COULD be remedied with a set of ... wait for it.... Trim Tabs.
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They will make. O difference for the initial take up. Good balance is everything on a small craft as said dude. Heavy engines and a large non equilibrium positioned fuel tank will kill its performance.
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I wasnt serious.

But in theory they should improve the takeoff. Trim tabs (and engine trim, trim tabs are just more effective trimming down) work very well to reduce the time needed to get on the plane as well as reduce the speed needed to keep the boat there
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