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Old 29 September 2020, 10:43   #1
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Avon SR 5.4 project

Bought my first Searider 5.4 and decided to restore it completely. It was built in the 80s and is still running the original Yamaha 70hp 2 stroke perfectly.

Day 1 down and the engine is off, deck is stripped and ready for sanding

Plan is to coat the deck and hull black and fabricate a custom console + seats
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Old 30 September 2020, 06:35   #2
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Nice project
I don't think that's the original motor, that looks like an ex mil-spec boat (Grey dust and straps on tubes gives it away) that would have had a Merc 75 on it at a guess. Looks to have been refurbed before.
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Cheers ! Ah right interesting, just presumed it was as it's a 1988 motor and no sign of the serial plate on the transom. Yeah it's an ex police boat you can still make out the lettering on the tubes which have seen better days !
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Cheers ! Ah right interesting, just presumed it was as it's a 1988 motor and no sign of the serial plate on the transom. Yeah it's an ex police boat you can still make out the lettering on the tubes which have seen better days !
I think the rubbing strake has been changed too I'm sure it should be flat on a searider
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Yeah the strake is new, tubes are painted grey and look terrible so probably end up getting new tubes for it at the end
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Day 2 : I got the majority of the deck sanded and fuel tank surrounds removed as one was starting to rot. Will be fitting a bench in it's place to store tanks inside. Another half day of sanding left and it will be ready to flip over and get cracking on the hull !
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Update :

Currently waiting on a few seals and bearings to reassemble the lower assembly along with the new water pump kit and housing.

Work carried out on engine so far :

Compression test
Fabricated engine stand
Cleaned carbs + gasket replaced
Thermostat + gasket replaced
Fuel filter cleaned
Spark plugs replaced
Tab trim fitted (missing)
Anode plate replaced
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