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Online Omega3

Build quality?
« on: May 23, 2017, 12:52:01 PM »
With the recent posts about CDX plywood and non marine wire being used in Arima boats I wonder what else is not marine grade in my boat.The silicone bead under my rub rail must be maintained,otherwise water can get between the inner and outer hull?Really?Is that not permanently sealed?Is it meant to come apart for service?My hull is a 2004 model year do I have marine grade wire?My bow and stern eyes are showing signs of rust.316 stainless?I can drill holes in my fish box to fix separating stringers from the deck?Should I have taken the boat apart when it was brand new to make sure things were done right at the factory?
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Offline BayWolf

Re: Build quality?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017, 01:53:11 PM »
I think we all understand cost of manufacturing vs price point, but I think Omega asks a fair question. If he points out things that are, how should I word it, under designed, then an honest answer should be forthcoming. One would expect that having the highest quality fit and finish would be reflected in the price. On the other hand, profit margins should not be enhanced by cost cutting materials that are implied higher quality.

Arimas are well made boats. The fact that so many older boats are still in use is a testament to that. But many are also very well cared for by thier owners, perhapes because of the initial cost. In any case, I think for the most part (with the exception of the artificial inflation Arimas hold) we get what we pay for.

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Online Danno

Re: Build quality?
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017, 02:34:45 PM »
Okay, let's keep the comments civil.

It is important to note that the plywood used in Arimas until recently was in the transom and under the floor liner. Both are in areas that are intended to be kept dry through owner care and maintenance. Arima can't be held responsible if you drill a hole in the wood and don't maintain the seal through the use of sealants.

Marine wire is the better way to go but many Arimas have been on the water for 20+ years without wiring issues.

The sealant under the rub rails also holds up well but with the constant UV exposure and the flexing of the hull will take its toll on silicone.

Considering that most boats pre-1995 are not even seaworthy, I think the Arima is a darn good deal.
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Online Omega3

Re: Build quality?
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017, 04:11:37 PM »
My questions are for the Arima factory,thats why I posted here.

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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Build quality?
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017, 10:20:31 PM »
My questions are for the Arima factory, thats why I posted here.

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Offline Markshoreline

Re: Build quality?
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2017, 10:35:53 PM »
Good point, Croaker.  Omega 3 it is probably best to direct your question to Arima/Defiance.
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