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podangus posted 06-20-2001 02:45 AM ET (US)   Profile for podangus   Send Email to podangus  
Hi. I made my first post here yesterday asking about a 1993 Outrage 17. My brother (half interest in the new boat) told me about a 17 foot Arima Sea Chaser for sale. Any opinions? It is a 1984 boat with 1992 90-HP Yamaha and 5hp kicker--way cheaper than the Outrage. What do you all think of an Arima Sea Chaser?
Tsuriki BW posted 06-20-2001 04:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Arima boats are produced in Kent, WA, I believe. They are a good quality, well designed boat. They are not a Whaler, but if my budget/needs were such I would deifnately look at them. Lots of happy owners in the Puget Sound area.


Dick posted 06-20-2001 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick    
Tsuriki is correct. The Arima is not a Whaler but is a very high quality boat. A real fishing machine, and like a Whaler doesn't require a lot of power. It should fly with that 90.
JM325iX posted 06-28-2001 06:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for JM325iX  Send Email to JM325iX     
I used to have a 17' Sea Chaser...Excellent smooth or small water boat. It was NO fun in rough water, lots of roll and slapping. I only had a 60 on it, but that wouldn't have changed its rough water manners. I don't think I'd ever own another one.
wpr posted 06-28-2001 07:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for wpr    
Has anyone had experience on both a 17'sea chaser and 17' montauk? which is better when it get choppy?
Dick posted 06-28-2001 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick    
I have never run an Arima, but with their bottom design I can't believe that it would be a better ride than my Montauk.
Gkel posted 02-20-2003 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gkel  Send Email to Gkel     
I was planning on buying a 17' Arima Sea Ranger and selling my 17' Montauk. Mistake?

I need more room for my wife and kids and the Arima offers a small cuddy. I understand the Arima's pound alot on ruff sea's but how much more than my Montauk,I don't know.
Anyway I'm looking for more info on the Arima. Not too mant dealers here in New England. Help if you can.

Rockford posted 02-20-2003 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rockford  Send Email to Rockford     
A neighbor had an Arima and the first thing I noticed was how much seemingly larger it was for its size.
I was never on it, but I would venture to say that the apparently larger size and roominess is an allusion that comes to reality when you start to really use the boat.
If you need a larger boat, then GET a larger boat. Don't compromise! I'm in the same "boat". Our 17' Newport won't be cutting it in a couple of years when my kids get bigger. I'm not even considering anything smaller than a 24 footer.

Good luck!

seasicknes posted 02-21-2003 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
I rode in an arima last weekend. She rode ok. As long as you don't go to fast in head sea then the slamming won't be bad. I just don't like sitting down while driving.
JimCha posted 02-22-2003 02:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimCha  Send Email to JimCha     
I've owned both the Montauk and the 17' Arima Sea Chaser and now have an Outrage 18. The Arima did have a nice layout and definitely better for the wife who needs the porta potty. But it is a fair weather only boat. The Montauk definitely rode the chop better in Puget Sound and was much faster. I also think the Whalers just fish better. I'm in an 18 Outrage now which is a great boat but I still miss my Montauk (1980 style) which is surely one of the all time great boats for its size.


ervig212 posted 05-08-2008 01:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for ervig212  Send Email to ervig212     
[This SEVEN YEAR OLD discussion was recently revived to add the following:]

My Dad and I both have 1987 Arima Sea chasers. He bought his new and I purchased mine used in 1995. As others have mentioned, this boat will pound harder than some in rough water. However, for the money, I personally think it's tough to find any thing that beats their functionality, stability, safety in storms, and overall performance. They are under powered with a 90 and really do need a 115. Also, you must be propped correctly and add a good foil unit to the cavitation plate!!! This allows the boat to keep the nose up when coming down one wave to not pound into the next. Another great feature is the pods or after planes that are extensions of the bottom of the boat that stick out behind the transom. These make the boat plane faster and maintain a plane at low speeds (12 to 15 mph). They make the boat more stable and able to go straight instead of making zig-zag movements, as well as the ability to launch in very shallow water. In addition, I can pull up 3 skiers at once with my 115 HP no problem.

17 bodega posted 05-09-2008 01:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Two reasons would keep me away from the arima and into the Boston Whaler. The "roll" effect that is mentioned above and is typical of boats with less stability (but often a sharper, steeper, deeper vee design), and the lack of performance in a following sea like the Whaler. I get pounded pretty hard in my classic 16 in choppy weather, but I feel safe and the boat is very stable. I'll take that trade any day. My boat rides a following sea like a surfboard. It has incredible manuverability.

I do love the design of the Arima sea chasers, and C Dory's and have looked at them due to their protected cockpit versus the Whaler open skiff design. In the end, I'm happy to stay with the Whaler.

kwik_wurk posted 05-09-2008 03:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
Ditto on the pounding and rough water handling. And they have a short roll period when abeam the waves when going slow.

The cabin layout is well laid out for family style boating and cold weather fishing. And the stern/transom layout is clever.

For the $$$ they are great all around boat if you are not heading into vastly exposed waters. They are very popular in the PNW where they are made. And my neighbor loves his (or at least the bargain he got on it).

I would try and up to a 19' Arima if you are looking for Outrage sea stability and peformance.

Either way, definately different ride than an Outrage...

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