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Old 06 October 2012, 12:10   #1
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Yet again another small RIB purchase- an SR4!

An update following my agreement to buy Chrisfs150s SR4 in the week. Top guy and agreed to hold the boat, with no deposit based on my word I'd turn up today with some money . Thats how I wish all business could be done !

I'd been speaking with trusty crew ( Simon who some met last week) about a half share of an SR...nearly got Whispers 4.7...so its not all mine and is planned to be cheap simple no frills fun blasting about.

So after a later night than planned last night ( during which I was always looking at my watch thinking 'I've got to be up at 6.30 !' ) . I jumped in the car with tools etc etc for the run to Bodmin. It was a nice easy cruise all the way ! Been a while since I did it ( about 16 years) , but was simple with a great sunrise in my mirrors most of the way .

Any how, made good time which surprised Chris, and I arrived to find him and the boat being wheeled out. A quick once over - again taking him at his word - that 'stuff' works and deal done. Strapped down and hitched up.

Stopped after about five miles for a quick check & bearings cool , but one trye bloody hot , I tried to get air in it , but couldn't get my snazzy pump on the valve - stuff I think ..lets press on. I was aiming for what puddles were left to try and cool it - F1 style, but less weaving .

All home and she really is a nice boat . Seems to be original engine to boat rig ( not so sure about the console) but all dates to 1990. Its not been drilled to death on the transom and never even had a trunk fitted .

So pics show a decent jockey extension and bow seat - which must be fun.

So ideas thoughts so far;

Do I fit a trunk ?

Do I swap the single( extended )seat for a white double I have my eye on for a couple of hundred quid ?

A frame ? or not bother - no electrics on the boat so why bother ? A nice Garmin 276 ( like the other I have will work for all that 'stuff')

Is my hull drain the normal size ? - Seems a little small.

Any thoughts on - keep the bow cover ?, or take it off ? Handy to stash stuff in dry bags when I sort a new petrol tank under the seat.

What are loops for under the bow cover ( I think to hold the dash in from orginal spec?)

Why is one tyre running hot ( maybe pressure - but looks OK and not soft - maybe scrubbing abit ?) Oh and anyone have one odd mudgaurd knocking about ?

Prop pitch - its a SS 15 inch pitch which Chris thought was a little 'revvy' ..what have poeple run/ are running with a a 40 ?

Yes I got the hose stuck up the hull when I was giving it all a hose down ...i'll work out getting it out tomorrow..


Anything else ... ?

RIB revive etc will be ordered shortly ...

Anyone know what colour the leg /skeg was from Yam - may try and blow in the worst of the scratches.

Engine starts and stops easily , purrs away and revs freely but needs a new oil tank cap ( if anyone knows of one )

All in all I am a very happy chap who with some minor fiddiling will have a nice little SR4 for 'wave jumping n shit'

Big thanks to Chris
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Old 06 October 2012, 12:14   #2
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pics

Oh there is a neat Handheld radioor gps bracket already so the radios can be passed down once I get my spanky new DSC handheld

Another question ..what are the little plastic screws in the transom supports and bow for ? YOu can just see them in the pics ?

Thanks to Chewy for the grey 'aged' hypalon ( will PM you later) - there is one small area where the trailer has rubbed the bow - not leaking or even close to but worth a patch .

I'm sure there is SR stuff I haven't read about I have to know ?

PS no gaffer tape in sight ( yet) , but the trailer may get some
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Old 06 October 2012, 12:35   #3
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Of course if anyone has white original porn bases sitting about with a screen and dash ....

and in true SR tradition I felt a fitted cover would be needed..or a spare tarp I had in the garage and for good measure I have actually used an old shoe lace to hold in on at the front....
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Old 06 October 2012, 13:29   #4
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Another gem is unearthed! Looks great it really does. My advice is "get the beast tomorrow" !!
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Old 06 October 2012, 13:33   #5
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Heat in the tyres is usually a sign of old age!
The old wires in the wall of the tyre letting the tyre flex to much as it rotates causing heat.
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Old 06 October 2012, 13:36   #6
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Another gem is unearthed! Looks great it really does. My advice is "get the beast tomorrow" !!
As you know Matt I'm recovering ... . Will see how I feel/ what the weather is up to tomorrow - may nip to Baiter...

Interesting about the tyre ...maybe I'll see about a couple of replacements....or course if anyone had another SR4 trailer Matty ?
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As you know Matt I'm recovering ... . Will see how I feel/ what the weather is up to tomorrow - may nip to Baiter...

Bingo!!

what the weather doing tomorrow?
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As you know Matt I'm recovering ... . Will see how I feel/ what the weather is up to tomorrow - may nip to Baiter...

Bingo!!

what the weather doing tomorrow?
Looked - its great ! With the speed limits removed inside the harbour too ...

Rude not to go play ... will report in due course !
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Looks great. The hull, tubes and power head look in mint condition.

I would keep it simple, replace consol and respray the leg.

Keep the front cover, part of the character.

Look forward to a trip out.

Agree with Andy, it will probably a time expired tyre. Unlikely that only one of the wheels on a solid axle would be out of true

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Little plastic screws cover stainless threaded inserts
Good for Aframe supports and securing an anchor box in the bow
You may find the console is screwed down the same way
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