Well having decided that I am not going to be able to afford or find a sr4.7 or ribcraft 4.8 at the moment (and still loving my sr4) I bought another one
The boat suits me well and is solid but I have always hankered after one that looks a bit smarter. Mine has painted tubes and there isn't a lot I can do about that so I have been looking for a hull to start afresh on and now got one!
It's going to be a slow build but this is what I am starting with:
So these are my plans and questions, tips and advice sought as usual.
Starting with the hull, it's is in pretty good shape for age (serial 697) but it is covered in paint underneath and flowcoat and paint on the deck. What is the best way to remove it, nitromors, or flip it and abrasion? I am very seriously considering changing the hull and deck colour to grey to make it look like a mini mod one so once the paint is gone I thought about 2 layers of grey gel and one of flowcoat and and a lot of wet & dry plus lots of polishing. Is it possible?
Then the deck, as above but it has two ridges running laterally across it, can they be grinded off?
The console is an ali one and not sure if I like it or not. I would like to move it to starboard a bit though whether I keep it or not. Does anyone the positioning for the offset console on a sr4? If I do replace it, I'll be looking for a two man avon console if there is one available and this one will be for sale.
Lastly the tubes, again good shape apart from one valve leaking. But does anyone know if the tube pattern changed at anytime. This one looks like it has a seam running around the top of the tubes, but my current one doesn't?
I would like to get the tubes freshened up a bit and thinking about new seam tapes and rubbing strake. Don't suppose anyone has already done this and has any pictures for inspiration?
Well that is it for now...I'll post photos as I go...