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by Skipper Dan
Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Dan's trip down the Mississippi
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Dan's trip down the Mississippi

Well I am sitting in Summerland Key in FL for Christmas. I have been down here for a week now. My boat is still in Portage Des Sioux. I am staying with Mike at his house. I am learning more about what it is like to live down here. I am thinking it is going to be great. Just anchor out where you feel...
by Skipper Dan
Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Dan's trip down the Mississippi
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Dan's trip down the Mississippi

I am back on the boat. I found a couple of small solar panels to keep my battery up. Most likely going down the Mississippi.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Dan's trip down the Mississippi
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Dan's trip down the Mississippi

200 miles that seems like a long way. I was told that it was better to take this route than the Mississippi because fuel was short on the Mississippi and fuel was plentiful on the biggbee waterway. Good to have some first hand experience for a change. I have 11 gallons of fuel and can go 15 miles to...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Dan's trip down the Mississippi
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Dan's trip down the Mississippi

Sitting in Portage Des Sioux Missouri. I will be able to stay here for the month for $200.00 electricity and internet at the slip. I have to fly back to WI for an operation so a little break in the action. I am hoping to raise the mast when I get back. I am told most people raise the mast here on th...
by Skipper Dan
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Dan's trip down the Mississippi
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Dan's trip down the Mississippi

Well I made it to Burlington Iowa. I use next to nothing in gas. The 9.9 just chugs along at an easy pace. I threw the knot stick in the water this morning just to see my speed relative to just water rather than gps. 3.5 kts, I can go 6 kts full throttle or maybe a little better. I hooked up the aut...
by Skipper Dan
Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

I am on the Mississippi, so far LaCrosse WI to Dubuque IA. av 6 kts 8 gallons of gas.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

A lot has been happening. I had to get the boat in the water before it freezes so I am headed to the Mississippi in a day or two I have my new rudder installed and bottom paint on. Will just have to do the rest on the way. Not much for internet connection at the moment. I will try and keep in touch....
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

You do get light also forward I think the angle was 100 deg. You could also get a motorcycle bulb that is sideways points forward.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

Because the LED shine out the end more than out to the side you will get more than enough out of the sidelights. That's why I had to go with the tower bulb for the Stern because out the end just went up not out. You only need a clear cover or colored the same color as the bulb.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

www.superbrightleds.com it took a bit to figure out what ones to get. They don't come right out and tell you which ones. The Stern light was 3 times the money and I think I could have went with a cheaper one but I was not sure so for $10.00 more I just got the tower. Here's what I got. 1) BA15 24-LE...
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:00 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

All my LED lights came in today. $100.00 for all the lights on the boat inside and out. Never have to change a bulb again. Less watts than one 15 watt incandescent. Well I'm not sure about that but I think it is close. I still should not have any trouble running the battery down because I want a lit...
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:44 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Seacock Screw size
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Seacock Screw size

Most hardware stores have specialty bolts. I get my SS bolts there and I think they have bronze. You may also check at an auto supply house. Most of those places have a very large selection of specialty bolts.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Silicone Removal?
Replies: 7
Views: 1658

Re: Silicone Removal?

Do not use wire wheels on aluminum. You can get fiber wheels that work as well. Never use a wire brush or anything steel on aluminum. Small parts will get caught in the aluminum as start a corrosion.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: converting from compression post to strongback mast support
Replies: 13
Views: 2792

Re: converting from compression post to strongback mast support

You are not going to get any strength from a piece of Aluminum laying down. Put the piece across two sawhorses and push on it. Strength comes from depth. Like on an I beam The top and bottom do very little. The deeper the beam though the more strength you get regardless if you change the thickness o...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

In case anyone is wondering how well you can cut aluminum with a table saw. I cut this chunk today. It used to be round. The last owner cut off the mast 2" and had it made up to raise the mast back up. The mast base fits into it the same as it would the lower base. I cut two flat sides so I cou...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

The reason I put the carbon fiber on the beam was because I plan on using a little padding and leather to cover it. So the Oak would not show anyway. It is a nice new laminated oak beam. I left the uprights exposed to show the beauty of the wood. I plan on sailing this boat over oceans so I was look...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

This is my first "First hand" experience with it. It gets used a lot in the experimental airplane arena. The reason I started with it on this project is everyone with a Triton was putting either SS or aluminum along side their mast beam. Although this may work it is not optimum as the atta...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

I am almost done with the false keel. Three layers of Carbon fiber, and two more regular fiberglass. I only have the fairing layer to go. It should be as strong as the rest of the keel now.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: converting from compression post to strongback mast support
Replies: 13
Views: 2792

Re: converting from compression post to strongback mast support

I used a carbon fiber beam over oak. With oak posts.

Just upload the file to post a picture. Use a photo resizer to make the photo smaller. I use one from microsoft that is free.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

Well I took some leading edge tape from my airplane stock 3" wide. I formed it around the bottom of the keel about like you would on the leading edge of a wing. Drilled two holes in the side and poured thickened epoxy until it was level with the holes or there about. This morning I went back ou...
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

I went instead with just 316 SS shaft. The fabricator that does all the dairy stuff here says that he has 316 in a salt brine and it does fine. Brought the price down to $85.00 to my door. Now I might as well have them weld on a couple of tabs to secure it rather than the holes and pins. I'll have t...
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:42 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bedding Procedure
Replies: 20
Views: 3864

Re: Bedding Procedure

I am wondering if that is the same stuff that we used to install windshields with? We used the black, came in a windshield kit long roll and very sticky like you said. I never looked at the product information only windshield kit. Now of course we (They) use Urethane.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

After cleaning up the rudder shaft and removing the pins (They were 3/8") I decided to just go with a new shaft. Nitronic 50 SS is $140.00 and 630 aluminum bronze is $130.00. I found a machinist who will cut the key way in the SS for $50.00. I would have to drill the holes and have someone else...
by Skipper Dan
Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

For some reason it looks even worse on camera! Oh well, it should be better than new by tomorrow.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

I'll take a camera tomorrow. I get so dusty that I can just barely see getting home. I hate fiberglass, I don't know why I bought a boat! :-)

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: How much paint?
Replies: 36
Views: 7687

Re: How much paint?

Dry line is when you go around the boat and back to where you start and cannot get a good blend. (You keep getting a "dry line". The best thing to do is try and paint so you do not go back to the place you started. When we paint a truck we take off the tailgate. Now you start on one quarte...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

I was out to the airport this evening finishing up on the back of the port keel. What I found was not good. Some of the fiberglass that was put on by some repair was peeling off. I peeled off what I could and kept grinding away. Yep another layer pealed off that was under the first one. This one had...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: How much paint?
Replies: 36
Views: 7687

Re: How much paint?

What temp are you spraying at? The other thing you can do is go to a faster reducer for the first coats and go back to the medium for the last coat. The difference in temps is for dry line. So if you are not having any difficulty in getting around with out a dry line go up to a faster reducer. I do ...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

Almost done with the rudder. I had to order a 1" round bit for the shaft bedding. It sure screams for some kind of tongue oil. I am debating on cutting a 3" wide dado by the hinges to the aft edge and laying in some fiberglass. I have to drill the shaft pin holes and two screws yet.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

That's it, http://www.briggsmarine.com.au/Briggs_Marine_deck_fittings.html I used to be so good on googling things I'm getting old. I have to start a booklet on nautical terms, just write everything down. I have several books on sailing that I just bought and the one I like the best Steve Sleight &q...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

also... If you're doing the big bitt on the bow, why also do little cleats? Tritons originally came with those two little cleats on the stern deck, AND a large cleat at the forward edge of the stern deck. That large cleat was for the mainsheet, before a PO replaced it with the traveler. Traveler or...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Technical Data and Boat Nerdery
Topic: How to trailer a boat
Replies: 4
Views: 2522

Re: How to trailer a boat

Two kids and one on the way, You already need a bigger boat :-) I just came back from RI to WI with a Triton. It was a lot of fun. I only had a 1/2 ton Dodge but a regular sailboat trailer. I was only a foot and a half off the ground. If you go again I would think about something under the bow to st...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

No that is just my mistake I have not seen the word "gudgeon" enough so I just keep forgetting it I just want to call them hinges but I know that is not right either. I will write it down so I have something to refer to next time. The wood is from the former owner. It goes under the Jib tr...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: How much paint?
Replies: 36
Views: 7687

Re: How much paint?

I do not know the paint you are painting. But I did body work for 11 years. More thinner lets you put on less paint. If you are getting a sag in the first coat use more thinner and lighter coats. If you get a sag in the second coat you did not wait long enough between coats. You can reduce the thinn...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:30 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

Well I think I located all the original placements for the deck hardware. I ordered a 8" bronze cleat for the bow because I only had two. I think the Triton came with one on the bow and one on the stern in the middle. I am not sure if the track was always right in front of the cleat or not but ...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:05 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Hollow Cleats
Replies: 7
Views: 1151

Re: Hollow Cleats

I just ordered and extra 8" bronze cleat for the bow. The two I have are solid so I am hoping that the one that comes will be solid also. The smaller ones 7", 6" and 4" are all hollow. It was only $46.00 which I thought was a good deal. SS ones on ebay are half that price.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Congratulations Tim!
Replies: 8
Views: 1815

Re: Congratulations Tim!

Tim your rebuild projects always read like a book to me. I enjoy reading. (An adult picture book):-)

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Cracks in spreaders
Replies: 7
Views: 1305

Re: Cracks in spreaders

Just take it to a welder and have it welded up. he may even put a doubler on it. Not really a big deal. If there is a pontoon builder in your area take it to them. Have it all cleaned up and acid washed. As far as pictures go you can download a tool called "Image resize power tools" from t...
by Skipper Dan
Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Navigation lights
Replies: 14
Views: 1852

Re: Navigation lights

Nice post Tim, thanks for the information I will get that book. The post reminds me of the many arguments :-) I had on the airplane boards about almost the same thing. The FAA isn't any better about explaining things in their FAR/AIM book. In some cases they go out of their way to be evasive. On som...
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Navigation lights
Replies: 14
Views: 1852

Re: Navigation lights

Found this.... http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/reviewpages/boatusf/project/info2c.htm That's the one I was at in my first post. You explained it better in your post. The white over colors made the most sense. The thing I cannot figure out is why my "The New Complete Sailing Manual" cou...
by Skipper Dan
Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Navigation lights
Replies: 14
Views: 1852

Navigation lights

I am going through the regulations for navigation lights, this is what I found so far. 28' sailboat sailing: sidelights red and green plus a white stern light power: side lights red and green plus a white stern light and a white steaming light on the mast somewhere. I found a site here http://www.bo...
by Skipper Dan
Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

I got the insulation up and the headliner installed. I also cut some insulation for the sides, then the bugs got the better of me. Even bug spray did no good. I am just over $1,000.00 so far on materials which is more than I thought it would be. For some reason I thought it was going to be cheaper t...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

I cannot see how it would work any different from a low profile vent. If I have two vents turned forward on the stern and one vent turned aft on the bow. If the wind is blowing one way one or the other I will have an inlet or outlet. If there is no wind at all heat rises so air would still come out ...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Bilge Tank for West Coast Tritons
Replies: 28
Views: 2048

Re: Bilge Tank for West Coast Tritons

Ray have you thought about one of these. http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|51|87367|916246&id=120943 I am thinking of putting two in the cockpit lockers one on each side. That way if I am not using them I still have space for other things. Plastimo Flexible Water Tank from defender in ...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Repair Plan Advice Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1073

Re: Repair Plan Advice Needed

It would be nice to know what broke it in the first place. I would do one of two things if it was my repair. Less work; sand everything down in an area about the same size as you plate. epoxy everything back together, jack back in place. use fiberglass or my choice carbon fiber (depends on why it ha...
by Skipper Dan
Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

You can get just as much suction from a vent turned backwards as you can from one that is ram fed. All you need is a low pressure area aft of the vent. This will suck the air out of the boat. On an airplane when the engine runs too hot we do not make the ram air bigger we put a lip on the bottom out...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

There is no cowl vent the whole thing is the vent and dorade in one. The air comes up from the PVC tube (Welded to the deck) Actually to the ring you see in the pictures above. Then goes out the rear of the box. The only way water could get in to the cabin is if it flooded the whole box up to the PV...
by Skipper Dan
Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:08 pm
Forum: Technical Data and Boat Nerdery
Topic: Center of gravity
Replies: 7
Views: 3003

Re: Center of gravity

I think you float the whole boat rather than slide it in as you would a regular boat. The extended tongue lets the trailer just fall away from the boat. Quite a few Tritons are launched this way.

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

You have to click on the picture to see it correct

Dan
by Skipper Dan
Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion
Replies: 80
Views: 16324

Re: Dan's rebuild with electric propulsion

As I look at them again they may be the factory retro fit froward shroud attachments. These were sent out to the Tritons that did not have forward shrouds. Makes sense anyway. This is the dorade box I am going to build. It should work just fine. It is only an exit air so it should work well. I think...