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by todd brinkerhoff
Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: New member with 1st wooden boat
Replies: 19
Views: 3725

Re: New member with 1st wooden boat

For caulking, I use the 3m products, 4000 UV, 4200, and 5200. For your keel, I would go with 5200. Just understand that it is considered permanent. The product has to be used on sturdy, clean wood. Again, if I was going to do it, I would ensure I has solid, clean, sanded seams. I would prime it with...
by todd brinkerhoff
Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: New member with 1st wooden boat
Replies: 19
Views: 3725

Re: New member with 1st wooden boat

I'm a big fan of the Smith's epoxy products, especially their clear penetrating epoxy (CPES) on my wooden boat. Their epoxy resins are wood based, and remain flexible. I prepped my bottom with enouph coats of CPES on a bare wood hull until the wood wouldn't absorb any more epoxy. Then, while the epo...
by todd brinkerhoff
Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: Buying a Trojan 12 meter Express
Replies: 15
Views: 4089

Re: Buying a Trojan 12 meter Express

I'm not sure how many were built. They were more expensive and less popular than the 10 and 10.8 convertible. They are a great boat. They came from the factory with Detroit's as an option. The 6v92 with 485 HP engines was suppose to be one of the fastest Internationals produced. I think the 1990 was...
by todd brinkerhoff
Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: New Member with questions after sea trial
Replies: 35
Views: 7778

Re: New Member with questions after sea trial

Troy-Sodus Point wrote: I did not use trim tabs as one of them had a leaking hydraulic line.
I think your trim tabs being inoperable will be a big impact on your ability to get on plane.
by todd brinkerhoff
Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: New Member with questions after sea trial
Replies: 35
Views: 7778

Re: New Member with questions after sea trial

Here are the serial numbers for the tranny's: Port-98530 Starboard-10021, sorry I do not have any pics of these. The survey also has these props at 14x10 the owner states they are 14x12. When running at 3000 rpm the we were having issues with the onboard GPS (antennea issue, was resolved afterwords...
by todd brinkerhoff
Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: New Member with questions after sea trial
Replies: 35
Views: 7778

Re: New Member with questions after sea trial

I will humbly disagree. You guys have already determined that there is a prop issue without going to WOT, so that theory is bunk. And thanks for reading thoroughly because you all took it wrong. I mentioned all the other issues OTHER than his prop/tranny issue were average complaints for a 40 year ...
by todd brinkerhoff
Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: 11Meter bilges
Replies: 9
Views: 2104

Re: 11Meter bilges

Thanks, Todd. That was what I was assuming, but the manual doesn't have a true mechanical drawing of the hull, and, when I was flushing the bilge, I put enough water in that I thought the mid pump should have activated, but it never did. Hey, no problem. Your boat volume is quite large, significant...
by todd brinkerhoff
Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: 11Meter bilges
Replies: 9
Views: 2104

Re: 11Meter bilges

If its like mine, they are not isolated. The boat sits bow low while at rest, so the water tends to move forward when the boat sits. My middle bilge area rarely has water, but the water passes through the area when moving. If your middle pump activates you should be nervous, as you probably have lot...
by todd brinkerhoff
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: New Member with questions after sea trial
Replies: 35
Views: 7778

Re: New Member with questions after sea trial

You need to be able to get to the manufactures wot to ensure you are properly propped. If you can't reach it, it's a sign something is wrong. In this case, it may be more than improper prop. Everyone should know, and occasionally go to wot to see if everything is running right, or if your bottom nee...
by todd brinkerhoff
Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: Torn between 2 Decisions - HELP!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1669

Re: Torn between 2 Decisions - HELP!!!

Tough choice, but sentimental does not constitute logical. My opinion, pay for a good surveyor to see what needs to be done right away. Engine hours really mean little, as an engine that sits is worse than one that runs often. And, if you don't LOVE the boat, sell it.
by todd brinkerhoff
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: Optimum RPM range for big blocks
Replies: 14
Views: 4244

Re: Optimum RPM range for big blocks

Hey Rick, Would you be able to do me a big favor??? I am looking for some info on your particular vessel. Would you be able to take a look at your stringer system and maybe take some photo's. The Trojan 370 is derived from the 10.8 Express, but Carver changed the stinger system and modified the hull...
by todd brinkerhoff
Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: Optimum RPM range for big blocks
Replies: 14
Views: 4244

Re: Optimum RPM range for big blocks

Drop fins...that's the technical term...
by todd brinkerhoff
Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: Upper Rudder Support Replacement
Replies: 30
Views: 7994

Re: Upper Rudder Support Replacement

I second digging out all the rot, and then cpes the existing, and then fill with a scarfed piece or use some of Smith's building epoxy. You can certainly reinforce it with aluminum. And, FYI, you're doing a great job. I love to see Trojans brought back to life by capable people.
by todd brinkerhoff
Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: Optimum RPM range for big blocks
Replies: 14
Views: 4244

Re: Optimum RPM range for big blocks

Captain Maniac is right...Cruising at 8.9 (1800) is using a lot of unnecessary fuel. Your waterline length on that boat is about 35 feet, bringing you hull speed down to about 7. As I said, 1500 is the magical # for me. It makes a huge difference. Fuel flow meters are key as well as patience in trav...
by todd brinkerhoff
Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Trojan Boats Forum
Topic: Optimum RPM range for big blocks
Replies: 14
Views: 4244

Re: Optimum RPM range for big blocks

You have 502's vs 454's? I think the 502's wot is in the area of 4600. I have the 454's. If I keep it at 1500 or below, there is significant improvement in fuel efficiency. Anything over that and there isn't a ton of difference from slow to cruise. I can maintain a decent cruise of about 18-20 mph a...