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Old 07 November 2011, 10:04   #1
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: swanseabeast
Make: avon searider
Length: 4m +
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the joys of owning ribs

we took my mates new 5m sea rider out the weekend but it didnt go as smoothly as we`d hoped, first of all we took her to see how fast she was but we got to 18-19 knots at half throttle any higher and she`d back off and start missing, shes an old engine mariner 90 1989 so we think possibly a coil problem as had new spark plugs?
next problem came as we tried to see what the matter was, as soon as we came to stop i was getting soaked in the back as we had nice water fountains in the back lol as my mate had taken out a second jocky seat but had not filled the holes lol thank goodness for bilge pumps
so all in all a frustrating day was had still nice to be out though as it was dead calm in bay would have been nice to really open her out to see what she can do

any help lads on the engine front would be great though


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Old 07 November 2011, 12:32   #2
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Make sure the the tank vent is ok , check the primer bulb is still hard when the fault occurs.

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Old 07 November 2011, 13:08   #3
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Yeh, could be a fuel problem. As Jizm has said, check the primer is hard, the fuel is good, tank vent open and filter or fuel taps are fully open/clean. You might try squeezing the primer when it starts to cough and splutter next time and see if that stops it whilst you're queezing more fuel in.

Other than that the electrics are the thing to look at.

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Old 08 November 2011, 11:08   #4
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Flooding hull, I'd guess?

Seems to me that otherwise under the deck should be dry(ish).

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