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Offline wengayoo

Arima Ranger 19' Deck Construction
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:08:35 AM »
Hi All,
I'm looking at a 1999 Arima 19' Ranger for sale that has a ~1' x 2' squishy soft spot on the deck in front of the starboard battery compartment and adjacent to the fish hold.  It seems perhaps something very heavy may have been dropped on the deck, but the other possibility is dry rot on the inside, or is it?  The owner has not bothered with repair, just fished with it.  I was wondering how the deck is constructed underneath.  Is there wood, or foam core and fiberglass? Is there anything that could decompose?  After talking with a fiberglass boat repair guy, he said there could be a big difference in repair price if there a moisture-related dry rot type of situation.  There is no sign of any moisture when stepping on the spot.  I would appreciate any input.  Thanks very much.

Offline Diablo

Re: Arima Ranger 19' Deck Construction
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 10:40:08 AM »
Foward of battery compartment? I’d guess a battery got dropped which probably damaged the fiberglass and crushed the foam creating a void. There should not be any wood in that part of the boat.
I would drill a hole inject suitable foam then reseal the hole. If that doesn’t work I would think you could cut it out add new layers of glass and resin on underside. Then glass the piece back in place.  :twocents:

Check these photos of Arima hull and liner assembly.

http://www.arimaboats.com/construction/
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Re: Arima Ranger 19' Deck Construction
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2017, 11:04:50 AM »
I recommend you get this question to Chief of the Boat so he can discuss with Don...  Then the speculation will be minimized.

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FYI, Don has been in on Arima construction for more than 30 years, and the Chief (having access to Don) helps with this sort of stuff
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Re: Arima Ranger 19' Deck Construction
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2018, 05:28:30 PM »
Since there was no reply from the factory on this question I will ask it again.How much plywood is in the deck of pre composite Arima's?
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Offline Diablo

Re: Arima Ranger 19' Deck Construction
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 09:13:47 AM »
Going to the boat show today, I’ll ask the Arima people there.
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Offline GregE

Re: Arima Ranger 19' Deck Construction
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2018, 12:17:25 PM »
Plywood sealed in fiberglass used under the seat mounts, in the fish box lids in the gunnels and transom-  prior to 2012 when Defiance changed it to composite.  Probably some other spots

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Offline Diablo

Re: Arima Ranger 19' Deck Construction
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2018, 04:45:25 PM »
OK, I talked to Don and a guy named Craig at the Arima booth. Don is the expert on all things Arima. Craig seemed to be an expert on fiberglass. Here is what I got from them. First of all if the boat is other wise good, buy it. The soft spot is not a big deal.
There should not be any wood in that part of the boat. It could be delaminated fiberglass or a void in the foam. They suggested drilling a hole to see if it is a void or delamination. Then inject fiberglass to fill the area. You may want to drill and fill in several places if the soft spot is 1’ x 2’.
You could cut out the soft spot and repair the underlaying problem then replace the cutout.  :twocents:

Here is something else I learned. The backing for the helm seat is 18” x 18” made from four blocks of 9” x 9” plywood. One large piece was hard to get to lay down flat hence 4 blocks.
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'88 17SR  '90 Johnson 90, Honda 8, SOLD