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can pre 84 stringer be checked?
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:36:23 AM »
I have a friend and new member to the forum (welcome Woolybully) seriously looking at the 83 explorer on the Vancouver craigslist and we wonder if there is an easy way to check if the stringers are solid? or is it an issue as I have not heard of problems even with the pre 84 boats?
tight lines Tom
1988 Sea Hunter 60 Suzuki 5hp Mariner
1958 9 ft moulded birch 1958 3 hp Johnston and a 30 pound electric

Offline HemiGTX

Re: can pre 84 stringer be checked?
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 11:48:28 AM »
I'm not aware of a way to directly check the stringers without resorting to destructive testing.  If a sea trial in lumpy water didn't indicate anything and an inspection of the hull revealed no soft spots I would buy without concern.  Structural rot issues on Arimas are very, very rare.   And many of those cases are probably the result of poor repairs of extensive damage. 

In my opinion the two most over-rated concerns of prospective Arima owners are:

1.  Stringer/transom rot
2.  Small chines

If the boat is clean, exceeds your friend's use requirements and is a good value, recommend that he buy it.  Just my two cents.

AKA: "The guy who fishes with Nicole"

Offline wollybully

Re: can pre 84 stringer be checked?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2017, 05:44:08 PM »
Thanks, that is great advise. I hope to become an "Arima Owner" soon. :fishing:

Offline HemiGTX

Re: can pre 84 stringer be checked?
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2017, 08:36:01 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Wollybully.  Good luck with your purchase, and keep us posted.  Doing an internet search will answer nearly any question you can think of, but don't hesitate to ask a question on the forum. 

We aren't too keen on the 'quick and dirty' solution to a problem and you may think you are getting the 'gold-plated' answer.  Most of us use our boats a lot and realized that it's cheaper to do it right the first time.  We assume you feel the same way or you wouldn't be buying an Arima!
AKA: "The guy who fishes with Nicole"