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Arima Life / Re: Circumnavigation of Whidbey, 2017
« Last post by Yachter Yat on Today at 03:50:08 PM »
   Love that photo, Mark.  You guys put a smile on my own face. 

Yat

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Arima Life / Re: Circumnavigation of Whidbey, 2017
« Last post by Markshoreline on Today at 03:36:36 PM »
Hey Jimmy I guess we were too busy enjoying our trip to do selfies but here's a pic from a previous summer:


By the way, 100 miles is easy- we get 200 mile days when we run round trip from here to the San Juans chasing shrimp.  The saddle tanks are the key in addition to the 48 gallon main.   However, my 19 had saddles and a 115 Yamaha and it got 5 mpg so was good for well over 300 miles on a fill up.

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Arima Life / Re: Bait Tank Setup for 17' Sea Chaser
« Last post by Croaker Stroker on Today at 02:58:05 PM »
Does the thru hull Setup work better than the transom mount?

No. They both pump good.

I like the Rule transom mount better because you don’t have to drill a big hole in the hull. It is also removable, which is good when you want to remove your bait tank for family outings. It is more expensive. Downside is locating it along with your trim tabs and transducer.

My boat already had the thru-hull installed. Otherwise, I would have gone with the Rule #265 bracket. It is angled just so that the water is forced into the pump while underway.

There is no room on my boat for a ball valve on the thru-hull. (And, no access because of the location under the gas tank) ...I don’t like that either. If a hose breaks or comes loose, there is no valve to prevent water from flooding in... No worries with the transom mount.

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Arima Life / Re: Circumnavigation of Whidbey, 2017
« Last post by beancounter on Today at 02:51:13 PM »
Nice report there Mark. Didn't see any pictures of your blushing bride though. Better fix that before she reads this.
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Arima Life / Re: Bait Tank Setup for 17' Sea Chaser
« Last post by Arimadrifter on Today at 02:14:27 PM »
Does the thru hull Setup work better than the transom mount?
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Open Forum / Re: Thunder Jet photoshopping?
« Last post by Hydroman on Today at 12:06:07 PM »
I believe that the TJ pilot has aluminum floor, not shore what the beam is.

My TJ 27' Off Shore has aluminum floor and self bailing and is the only one built with a 8' beam all others are 8'6" beam.

I agree the TJ welding in pretty.

Jim
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Open Forum / Re: WDFD Seizes Charter Boat near Everett
« Last post by Croaker Stroker on Today at 11:47:05 AM »
   Croaker,  WHAT?  You said the CDFW wardens check every "crack and cranny"?    If I were you, I wouldn't bend down in front of these guys.  :facepalm:

Yat   :jester:

Well, they SAID they were wardens ?? 
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Tips & Tricks / Re: Heat
« Last post by darci on Today at 11:33:52 AM »
12V heated seat cushions.
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Arima Life / Re: Bait Tank Setup for 17' Sea Chaser
« Last post by Croaker Stroker on Today at 11:21:24 AM »

My last Arima had a rule pump mounted on the transom and hose over the motorwell.

On this one, I have a through hull pickup and bait pump mounted in the port battery compartment.

I have used the same $10 garage sale tank on both boats. I have grown quite attached to it.  :jester:

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Open Forum / Re: Thunder Jet photoshopping?
« Last post by Threeweight on Today at 11:11:39 AM »
Cross shop against Duckworth/Weldcraft, North River, and the Hewes Explorer line.  All have full hull extension motor brackets and wider hulls than the TJ offshore.  TJ's weld quality is beautiful, though.  I wish they would skip that carpet on the fishing deck.  Carpet + saltwater + aluminum = no bueno.

Brunswick buying them will probably improve things in some areas (same company owns Boston Whaler and Trophy).  Too bad about the Merc, motors though.  Verado's are awesome if you want power, not so much if you want longevity.  I watched a prominent Merc-sponsored 6 pack Tuna! charter in Ilwaco adding oil to one of his engines last month, the thing was smoking like a 2 stroke.  Coast Guard tried running them instead of Honda 225's on their rib fast boats out here, and ended up going back to Honda due to reliability issues.
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