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Old 20 April 2016, 16:05   #1
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Wanted: 4 metre Searider or similar

I'm looking for a 4 metre searider or similar, for under 1,500.

What could I get for that sort of money?
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Old 20 April 2016, 16:26   #2
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Do u want an engine and trailer with it?
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Old 20 April 2016, 16:28   #3
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Ideally.

Genuinely no idea if the budget is even slightly realistic. The prices on eBay seem so random I don't know what to think!
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Avon sea riders are quite sought after, I think you'll struggle finding "decent" one with trailer and outboard for under 2.5k
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Any alternatives to look out for?
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I have a really nice one. Ready to go. If you want a searider mine is hard to beat. Need to spend more than 1500 but if you want one that's good to go...
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If you find the boat. Engine and trailer for that money you either need to buy a lottery ticket or you will discover:
- engine is old and sh@gged, or at very least old 2 stroke and under powered.
- hull is tired and when the advert says 'tubes hold air' they meant they didn't go flat before I took the photo.
- trailer is probably not road legal / safe

2.5k should get you a legal but well used trailer, hull with tubes that can go in the water and be used but may need replaced in the next 2-4 years. 40hp engine but may be manual start, almost certainly manual tilt. Probably 2stroke.

Alternatives. Less desirable brands a wee bit cheaper but I doubt you will find a 4m+ rib for less than 2k on a trailer with engine ready to use. In need of work (and that could be just a clean, engine service and trailer bearing change)
- yes...

But to suggest alternatives people need to know your intended use case
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Old 21 April 2016, 14:20   #8
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Custom ribs was selling a cracking one on hear 3400.00 refurbed in 2015 40 yam and trailer.

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Old 21 April 2016, 16:15   #9
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But to suggest alternatives people need to know your intended use case
We're after something to coach racing dinghies and windsurfers from. Doesn't need to be especially fast, but needs to be competent in the chop/swell of Hayling Bay/Solent.

I'm used to coaching from bigger ribs and know a 4 metre won't be as comfortable, but the budget won't stretch to a VSR!

Mechanical works on engines and trailers is not a huge deal - my sons need to learn! I'm happy working in fibre glass, but know nothing about tubes.
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The SR range are ideal coach boats because the flooding hull makes them very stable when stationary.

I'm never quite sure about the 'I need a ninety meter rib to coach sailing in the sea' argument. What length is the dinghy that's being coached? Someone told me recently the Oppi Assoc say you need 5m+ to coach oppies at sea. An Oppi is <3m ... If it's not suitable conditions for an SR4 to look after an Oppi I'm not sure it's suitable for the Oppi to be out! But maybe I'm missing something!

You would need to think about how many boats you are coaching and if a tow for multiple boats is required... That and short bits of moving out the way of one hurtling towards you mean you do need a few horses on the back... So minimum 40 on SR4, 70 on SR5.4.

But what you need is that it (engine) doesn't break at a critical moment.
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