Category Archives: Arima

Multnomah Channel


We spent the day before Thanksgiving cruising the Multnomah Channel. It was an amazingly beautiful day, cold but sunny and clear. We put in at Scappoose Bay marina, spent an hour fooling with Jon’s dead battery, then cruised the 20 or so miles north through the channel to the Willamette. This is a beautiful trip, can’t believe we waited so long to do it. John suited up and rode his Waverunner the whole way, he got some strange looks for being out this time of year.





Photos Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Multnomah Channel, OR

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Tank area after polishing. There were some stops on the forward side made of 3/4″ plywood, I decided to replace them with ‘seaboard’ (from Tap Plastics) instead. I also replaced the nylon tank strap buckles with new stainless buckles that Don at Arima was kind enough to send me.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Beaverton, OR

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Tank re-installed. There was an “L” shaped shim made of plywood on the starboard side used to keep the tank from sliding sideways. It was broken, so I built a new one out of seaboard, and severely over-engineered it.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Beaverton, OR

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After getting the boat put back together (tank installed, new fuel hoses, etc.), Ryan and I took it out Sunday afternoon for a shakedown. As is typical for Portland in the Spring, it poured on us for a minute, and then a few minutes later we were squinting in the bright sunshine. That’s the Fremont bridge, did I mention that when I was a kid we watched them lift the center section of the Fremont bridge into place? Pretty memorable.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Portland, OR

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Ready to load up at Willamette Park. We cruised a lot farther than originally intended. We started at Willamette Park and went to the Columbia, and made a loop around Tomahawk Island. I had only put about a half a tank of gas in before we left, but I thought it would be no problem since there are gas docks at Tomahawk Island. For the record, the gas docks close at 5 (or earlier) on Sunday, also Fred’s Marina on Multnomah Channel closes at 5. We made it back, but I was pretty nervous not knowing how much gas the boat burns… Next time I will fill the tank.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Willamette Park, Portland, OR

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Cleaning up the boat


Did I need a project? There was a couple of years of leaves and dirt built up around the fuel tank, so I decided to pull the tank out and clean it up. I also was very curious to see how everything is put together near the transom, so this was another reason to do this. Finally, the straps that hold the fuel tank down were pulled loose, so they need to be replaced. That bucket is full of the crud that I scooped out.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Beaverton, OR

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After cleanup. I’m going to use Meguiars to scrub and wax the area under the fuel tank, so that the crud that washes into this area will hopefully keep moving around the tank to the big hole that drops into the bilge, and out the drain plug.

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Beaverton, OR

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Our Arima SeaChaser 17


I’m going to try this as a way to share some photos. I’ll start with a couple of photos of the new fishing boat. I did a lot of research, and wanted a very versatile boat that was smallish and easy to handle, was immune to salt water and abuse, was easy to maintain, and was both seaworthy and suitable for a river or lake. I did a lot of research and found out about Arima boats. They met my criteria, and are very popular with Pacific NW fishermen. I found one in Seattle for a fair price, and my good friend John E and Ryan and I traveled north early last Saturday morning to check it out.

After I bought it we took it out in the Puget Sound for a spin. There was a pretty good wind at first, and a healthy chop. After a bit of cruising it settled down and was downright sunny and warm (warm for April anyway). Can’t wait to go fishing!

Photo Copyright © 2005, Jon McDermott
Location: Seattle, WA

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