Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself.
Lots of rib experience in the past as used to dive all around the UK inc West
Coast of Scotland, north wales, Scillies (ribbed from Penzance for a week dive trip), Shetland, orkneys, Firth of Forth and south and west Ireland.... we covered a fair bit of ground...
Now want to get kids into exploring so just picked up an old (1978) Avon Searider 4m with a Mercury 40hp, similar age I think.
The tubes and hull look in amazing condition considering its age, the transom is a bit flexible and I think needs rebuilding or strengthening. I actually took the engine off before towing it the 3 hours back up to Manchester as I didn't want to do more damage.
The engine needs a service. I've never seen it run so don't know what to expect and if it's a bag of bolts I can sell it for parts.
And the electrics and wiring needs stripping back and renewing but I can build on these slowly.
(obviously other gremlins will no doubt appear) but it was a bargain price.
I love the classic look with the front bonnet and screen and the seats are in excellent condition just need a bit of tlc and some stainless staples to secure the covers back down to the bases.
I'll keep you updated with my progress.
Some pics attached