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Old 17 July 2010, 18:09   #11
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If i'm honest i prefer the wave jumping and having fun, well unitl the wife comes out and its more sedate.Therefore i reckon you will say the searider is the best option, however i have a SS engine, so would think i need to get a LS engine too?
I'm not sure if SR4s are available with SS transoms, or can sensibly be cut down - but the "wave jumping and having fun" SR owners would suggest 40-50HP is the best...
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I'm not sure if SR4s are available with SS transoms, or can sensibly be cut down
Not really a good idea to cut one down as they are quite close to the waterline at rest with the flooding hull open.They aren't available with a short shaft transom.
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but the "wave jumping and having fun" SR owners would suggest 40-50HP is the best...
I'd suggest a 50hp carbed 2 stroke with power trim is the 'best' if you're going to be an adrenaline junky with it. You'll soon find yourself playing in seas where the extra 10hp+power trim is a definite advantage.

Some footage of Gibbo's SR4 here (the one with the white console).
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Not really a good idea to cut one down as they are quite close to the waterline at rest with the flooding hull open.They aren't available with a short shaft transom.
yeah I "cross posted" with you - I knew that you or rainman dai would have a definitive answer.
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I'd suggest a 50hp carbed 2 stroke with power trim is the 'best' if you're going to be an adrenaline junky with it. You'll soon find yourself playing in seas where the extra 10hp+power trim is a definite advantage.
Aye, so his 30HP he has kicking about, is going to be the wrong engine if thats the type of use he's imagining.

You're link certainly highlights the potential alternaitve (and he'd be able to make the difference by ebaying the 30HP 2/, trailer and console he already has). Its certainly an option. It will depend how much of the time he thinks Mrs A will let him use it for the "adrenelin" use he thinks he is buying it for versus the "leisurely cruising" use she prefers! I had a similar dilema 4 yrs ago and opted for the brand new boat and engine choice, because I'd previously owned an older wooden boat and got fed up spending more time fixing, repairing and painting it than using it. It was also much easier to convince Mrs P that a "RIB" was the way to go on the basis that a new one would be more reliable and require less tlc time.
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Thanks for the link. Its about a 6 hour jouney each way to go down there so i will keep my eyes peeled for what else comes up.

I think an SR4 is the way to go for having more fun on the water.

Now to sell my engine. Any ideas what a 2003 Mecrury SS 30 HP with remotes is worth?

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Thanks for the link. Its about a 6 hour jouney each way to go down there so i will keep my eyes peeled for what else comes up.

I think an SR4 is the way to go for having more fun on the water.

Now to sell my engine. Any ideas what a 2003 Mecrury SS 30 HP with remotes is worth?

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A 6 hour drive for a good boat is well worth it compared with weeks searching for one close by. Good 4m seariders are hard to come by without travelling.

However, I'd be asking if someone on here was local to it and could have a quick look 1st
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You're link certainly highlights the potential alternaitve (and he'd be able to make the difference by ebaying the 30HP 2/, trailer and console he already has). Its certainly an option. It will depend how much of the time he thinks Mrs A will let him use it for the "adrenelin" use he thinks he is buying it for versus the "leisurely cruising" use she prefers! I had a similar dilema 4 yrs ago and opted for the brand new boat and engine choice, because I'd previously owned an older wooden boat and got fed up spending more time fixing, repairing and painting it than using it. It was also much easier to convince Mrs P that a "RIB" was the way to go on the basis that a new one would be more reliable and require less tlc time.


Thing is, a PTT 50hp will do leisurely cruising as well, at lower RPM, plus being a better thing to have on the back IF you misjudge the weather and have to go home in rough seas.
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Thing is, a PTT 50hp will do leisurely cruising as well, at lower RPM, plus being a better thing to have on the back IF you misjudge the weather and have to go home in rough seas.
Agreed. A 50 at half throttle may even burn less fuel and be quieter than a 30 near WOT.
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Trust me on this.

A 6 hour drive for a good boat is well worth it compared with weeks searching for one close by. Good 4m seariders are hard to come by without travelling.

However, I'd be asking if someone on here was local to it and could have a quick look 1st
Having spoken to the wife we were thinking along these lines that a 6 hours drive would be worth it to find a good one. Who is best to approach to come and have a look with me, or look before hand if they are local to Devon?.

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