Hi all, been lurking here for a while. I thought I'd post a few photos of my project in hopes that you'd like them enough to answer some questions for me.
I'm in California, los angeles. Mostly I scuba dive within a few miles of my harbor, redondo beach, but once in a while I trailer my boat down to San Diego and go out 20-30 miles trying to get tuna.
I bought the boat in May 2016 without really knowing what a Searider was. I wanted a RIB, the price was right on this one due to its age, I liked the layout of the jockey seat, I liked the little stainless arch (looks like a custom made part, haven't seen any others like this). I quickly fell in love with the way the hull rides, incredibly smooth at high speed, even in big swells, I'm a big fan of what I got.
It has a 1992 Nissan 90hp outboard on it. It's easy to work on, but I continually have fuel issues with it. Some days it'll do 5000 rpm and 35 knots, some days only a few thousand and 10 knots. The unpredictability of the engine has been the worst part of the project. I'm looking forward to putting a new outboard on it. Really hope evinrude makes a generation 2 e-tec in 90hp soon, the smallest they make in gen 2 is 150 right now.
I get about 3 to 3.5 miles per gallon, hoping to do better. Better range will help me find tuna. On my best days, I've put 90 miles on the boat in a single day. On my worst days, I don't get out of the harbor, I'm sure we all know how that goes.
Most launches here are ramps, but I joined a club that has an overhead crane. I'm using 3 straps: two 8' straps and one 10' strap, the boat hangs well with just those straps. They are 1" yellow lifting straps, 1000 pound rating each, they were about $10 each.
In the photo gallery below, you can see a few modifications I've made that I'm happy with. Here's more about some of the projects:
-I got a 28 gallon tank for it, it fits well in the boat, and a 150 quart cooler fits well on that.
-When I don't have the big cooler on it, I put a milk crate on the cooler, that helps keep my guest crew organized. You know how it is when people don't know how to keep organized on a small boat, you end up with gear everywhere and next thing you know you've put a scuba tank on top of someone's mask. I put a motorcycle cargo net over the milk crate, that keeps everything in place even when we're going fast and bouncing around.
-I put a short piece of shock cord with a clip on the seat grab bar. I clip this to the man ropes, that keeps the seat open when I'm working on it. I hate when that seat slams shut on my hand.
-I also replaced the ropes on the elephant trunks with short shock cord and clips. Much easier to stow and deploy without a long line getting in the way.
- I also added 2 scuba tank racks to the boat that hold 4 scuba tanks each, vertically. I have one ahead of the seat and one behind. No photos of that in this collection yet.
-I bought new synthetic paddles for it, the wooden ones were rotten.
-I made an anchor well for it out of a rubber mat. It was big enough to hold may anchor (200' of 3/8" line, 30 feet of chain) and a whole lot more, all my life preservers and a cooler of water. Unfortunately, the rubber rotted and tore pretty quickly, I'm going to have a piece of canvas cut to fit to replace it. Right now I'm using a canvas bucket that does not hold nearly as much. I'm trying to keep the line off the deck and as far forward as possible, so that I have more deck space and the anchor line drys out between trips.
-I made a tool belt for the back of the seat. I wanted to keep a knife, pliers, and wire cutters handy for fishing and diving. So I cut a piece of 2" nylon web belt, and put that belt under the grab bar on the back of the seat, with belt sheaths on the web belt, to hold a knife and pliers.
-Sanding the hull. I've been working on it slowly, this job may wait until I change the outboard, I'd love to have the hull upside down. Anyway, I have not seen Micro-Mesh sandpaper mentioned here, and I wanted to mention it. It's got a different surface construction, it removes a lot of material, it works really well as wet sandpaper:
Anyway, here's my photo gallery:
Avon SeaRider RIB - Roger Carlson
Now, my question:
-What color is the gelcoat? I've read the archives and I've read that it's RAL-2002 Vermillion Orange, but I've also read some other colors. The previous owner put a few deep scratches in and repaired it with red gelcoat. I want to do it right. I've looked at the color kits that let you mix your own color... for the price, I'm just going to buy a full gallon of the right color and store it in a bunch of half pint cans. I'll post if I do that, it'll be more than I need, happy to re-sell some of it.