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Old 25 August 2003, 03:42   #1
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Arimar RIB


I am thinking of purchasing an Arimar inflateable RIB
The model is the F36
Does anyone have any comments on the boat, is there a problem with it being made of PVC not hypalon if i keep it covered when not in use?
Is this a good boat to fit 40HP to?
How seaworthy and comfortable are these Arimar boats?


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Old 25 August 2003, 06:37   #2
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Hmm, boat looks really nice! Very interesting design! As about pcv - most zodiacs and bombards is made of pcv. If welding is good quality, than there is no problem with pcv. The only problem may be with reparation - I don't know if you can glue patches on pcv tubes and how long the glue will last.

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Old 25 August 2003, 12:37   #3
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patching PVC

Re: the above comment "don't know about patching PVC"... I put a patch on my Zodiac Fastroller several years ago, using the repair kit that came with the boat. Nothing fancy, and not a bubble from it since. Cheers. john
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Old 25 August 2003, 14:04   #4
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In most cases it is easier for people to repair the PVC than Hypalon and does not require as good facilities like needed when repairing Hypalon. More and more manufacturers are using PVC in their collars. The ARIMAR boat looks fancy and are familiar look to AVON jet ribs.
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Old 25 August 2003, 15:06   #5
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I tried to put a stripe back in place on my Bat (no leaks just design), though I followed all the instuctions given by the sales man, the striped went off 1 season later. Last spring a friend who owns a PVC made RIB tried to put 2 bases for his tent on the tubes, and even though he had no expertise, the patches are still in place and they seam like a pro job.
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Old 27 August 2003, 03:12   #6
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a 40 HP on that should fly , however as to seaworthyness you must rember that the Arimar is designed for the European Med Market , and the boat you are looking at in my opinion is a pretty looking boat which would look great as a tender on a superyaght in a harbour.

I had a 5 mtr Arimar and it used to slam quite hard in the Solent in the bouncy stuff

Compare that to a 4 mtr Avon Searider I took across the Solent the other day and despite its shorter length it handled the chop much better as it has a deeper vee

So in summary if you are looking for something which you can have fun with and ski behind then great , if you want it to go through the bouncy stuff then I wouldnt think this is the boat for you

Also a note about med style boats is that they generally have bench seating at the rear of the boat which puts the weight distribution all wrong
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Old 26 May 2010, 09:28   #7
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I bought a completely new Arimar RIB 580 and the glue between tube and polyester was not OK so the whole bottom came loose after 10 days while I was in Greece. I just managed to put the boat on a rocky beach before it sank completely. Could have killed my wife and 3 children if it happened a day earlier.


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