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  1. Stomper

    Custom Greenough 17; New Build

    Great fishing and surfing! And great boats. Really nice. I does look really fun. Those boats are really clean and well put together. Impressive. Makes me want to trailer up there from Humboldt County here. I have mine rigged for surfing and fishing also. I'm wondering why Anderson pilothouses...
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    Top speed able to use sonar?

    Another important point is to get it as far away from the engine / prop as possible. I found this out by trial and error. I'm good to 20 kt or so (maybe more) up to about 900 feet deep with a Lowrance Mark 5x pro with the transom mount that came with it. Get it away from that engine.
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    Forward facing light bar or remote spot?

    Yes you are right about bow rail glare. I fish a lot on a Davis 25 Rock Harbor and the bow rail glare is totally destructive to human night vision adjustment. The back side of the bow rail needs to be painted flat black or some other method of eliminating the reflection from the rail needs to be...
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    Be careful out there!

    There is no higher calling than to make a positive difference in others lives. Who knows what could have happened if you didn't pick this junk up.
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    Boat Build, 31' x 10' Full Walkaround,Pic's added 2-5-15

    Struggling for words. Build projects are always deeply fascinating, but this goes a level of magnitude beyond. Anyone agree?
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    Mounting transducers close together

    Probably will interfere. Even though it might, you can mount it there anyway and just make a decision on which sonar is the alpha unit. Sooner or later you will gravitate to the best one anyway. I have two on my boat, xducers about 12 inches apart. One interferes with the other but the better...
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    4D battery in small vessels?

    4d's would be fine. Might even make the ride nicer if they are put in the right spot. It's a good idea to fully charge them with a charger prior to a trip and after. Don't let them sit for extended periods in any state of discharge.
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    Favorite Fishing Tune?

    FISH ON Primus Les Claypool Felt a pang late one afternoon I was fishin' off Muir beach With Larry LeLonde Grabbed a tuna salad sandwich And I started to chew Pretty soon Ler's yellin Fish on Fish on I was just a little pup And it was derby day Was dad and me and Darrell Out in San...
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    4 dead in Bodega Bay, 32 foot boat capsizes returning from crabbing

    A 66 year old survived, 1 woman and 3 men dead. No life jackets were worn. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3049768-181/4-dead-1-rescued-when
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    Arima Sea Chaser

    Wow, that's a nice Arima. Pretty cool to have a preview of your sea chaser!! Now I'm jealous and envious..
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    Arima Sea Chaser

    Great deal. I love those things. I don't know what the internal structure consists of. Do they have foam and wood that can rot? I haven't heard of that happening on Arimas. Just curious. I'd like to replace the windshield with a little forward leaning pilot house type of hard top, not unlike the...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    I am sick and twisted, you are right. Of course, none of this stuff is high end. It's all pretty cheapo low end except for the Kenwood radio which is pretty high end ham radio grade, but all of it together makes a fun day out of it, especially in a boat that was made to tow an inner tube on a...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Ramsey doppler direction finder in operation.. When I am out in the ocean listening to people I know and don't know, the thought always momentarily crosses my mind "where is that guy?". This thing answers the question to a large degree because direction is everything, and distance from me is...
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    San Diego - How far does your VHF Broadcast? Can you reach SD from the 371?

    VHF is subject to various conditions that can make it hop long distances but not all that often. Maybe the following will explain some of those long hops we have heard but have trouble explaining why or making others believe it happened. When no "ducting" conditions exist, it is pretty much...
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    where's your handheld vhf?

    The gps is has full marine charts. The PLB Epirb is part of the top cross strap. It is an AOR unit with internal gps. The hand held is to be replaced with one that has DSC distress call capability with internal gps. That way I can eliminate the gps, but I might keep it in the jacket anyway. A...
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    Volvo Penta D4 exhaust manifold; another one bites the dust

    I'm a Cummins Marine tech working for Cummins Pacific, and the other day I pulled an exhaust manifold out of a VP D4 due to coolant loss and coolant steam coming from the exhaust system. This is the second one failed in this particular engine. It fails them at 3 year intervals and is a known...
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    Offshore Wayyyyyy to many private boaters seriously.

    Respect still exists in California, at least near the Oregon border. But when they get in close like 10 miles out, even up here, the universal law of boating kicks in 120 percent, which says "If anything is capable of revealing a person's utter and complete lack of common sens, a boat is it"...
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    Anyone know how to disable the shadow drive?

    What is it, so maybe others can learn from your experience?
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    Distance on Single Engine?

    Two engines, twice the likelihood of issues. It's an old debate amongst airplane pilots. Generally it's a more efficient fuel burn for the same amount of power with a single engine.
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    17'6" glasspar seafair restore/pilot house build

    Looks like you are committed now! No turning back. You gonna keep the steel frame in there or remove it later? I used plywood ribs across and stringers longitudinally in mine, glassed in. Looks good. The cool thing about these pilot houses is that it totally opens up antenna and radar mounting...
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    17'6" glasspar seafair restore/pilot house build

    Will there be a pilothouse? When I dreamed my pilothouse up, I gutted the boat for a new deck, stringers and transom and then fished it that season but the pilothouse went on after that season. It was a 3 year project punctuated by 3 fishing seasons that I got to fish in the boat while the...
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    fishing partner showing up late

    Mine is 27 years old and still fishing together very frequently. Hope your's wants to fish till you are very gray!!
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    turbo charging deisels

    You are right. I don't know anything about diesels even though I live inside the god damn things including Volvos. Your statement "I own a 31A and a KAD 44. The turbo on both of them does not "light" until about 2500 rpm. The supercharger on the Volvo engines was used to get larger boats out of...
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    Eureka Pacific Halibut still chompin

    Nice report Marc! I'll be out there tomorrow in the mighty Chrysler outboard powered 15 foot tri hull! Son Cameron has Pacific Halibut fever lately. Life sure has been good hasn't it?
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    turbo charging deisels

    The VP D series engines also use super / turbo combination. Most of the Volvo Pentas that use that configuration use the supercharger for throttle transients to higher power so they can use a smaller turbocharger. With the little turbos, they need the supercharger muscle to get them through the...
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    Eureka Pacific Halibut - quick limits on the afternoon run

    Marc, I was working the engine on FV Barbara Marie that was out on the carriage at Zerlangs in Fairhaven when you guys went by. I got on my radio in my shop truck and you didn't hear me. Are the commercial boat's parts it's injectors? Anyway, the boat looked great going by. Glad you got em. I'm...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Well, it's well past May 1 and even though my boat has fished, projects continue. Last night I finished installing a new VHF radio, a 700 dollar Kenwood TM-G710GA dual bander with integral GPS and an integral digital terminal node controller. It's two transmitters are rated at 50 watts output...
  28. Stomper

    Saltwater Molly Ann update and a pic

    Is this the Molly Ann that was based in Humboldt Bay at Field's Landing?
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    How did you come up with your boat name?

    We (my dad and my sister and I) named our boat Stomper in 1963 after Dick Dale and his legendary surfer stomps at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa in 1962. I've used the name ever since on my boats. Dick Dale is still my hero. I saw him play live (he kicked ass) in Scotia, California here in...
  30. Stomper

    I hate tweekers

    Probably brew up some more meth in it.
  31. Stomper

    Polaris Regency VHF Radio

    Those are awesome. They show up on ebay but they always are missing the antenna. I just put a direction finder together on my boat from a ham radio df kit, same operating theory but the polaris is marine grade. If I hadn't put one together I would certainly want this one. I love being able to...
  32. Stomper

    PC Navigation on boat

    Polarview works great, I have it and have used it.
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    Need help with diesel power 26 Blackman.

    I saw a very clever fellow use a Dodge pickup Cummins 5.9 12 valve that he marinized with a heat exchanger and a few other things that worked very nicely but you can't beat the deal that delta 43 above came up with. That's a great price for what he did. The Dodge pickup engine is not...
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    Need help with diesel power 26 Blackman.

    I saw a very clever fellow use a Dodge pickup Cummins 5.9 12 valve that he marinized with a heat exchanger and a few other things that worked very nicely but you can't beat the deal that delta 43 above came up with. That's a great price for what he did. The Dodge pickup engine is not...
  35. Stomper

    "Never good enough" 23.5' Key Largo custom project

    Dunno if they are phone pics or what, but you need a photo editing program or something online to view the image, then rotate it 90 degrees and lastly to save it that way. After saving, it should be the way you want it. Wherever they are posted, maybe the hosting service has a rotation function...
  36. Stomper

    My Barn Find (Skipjack 25 Sport)

    Hope there's no rot under the deck.
  37. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    I added a remote controlled spotlight called a Golight. It remotely aims in elevation and azimuth. It has about a 400 degree rotation, a little more than a full turn. We'll see how long it lasts in a salt water environment. A Sitex EC5e chartplotter was also added. Nice having the boat ready to...
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    Anyone know if Yanmar 4-LHTE turbo diesels are any good?

    Yea, I also made a mistake, not Bosch but Denso fuel system I think. Very Bosch-like though.
  39. Stomper

    First Project Boat.

    Yea these things take time. Nice looking work though. Like I said, I think this boat will last at least 100 more years. Keep the momentum going so you can "close the deal" with a boat you can fish.
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    Anyone know if Yanmar 4-LHTE turbo diesels are any good?

    Fullthrottle Sportfishing in Eureka here has a Luhrs 29 with twin 4LHT 140's. Being a Cummins marine tech currently qualified on all Cummins diesels with all the complexities of the new aftertreatment automotive engines, I love these little Yanmars because they are so simple and basic. Two...
  41. Stomper

    My boat got robbed

    Just wondering if you posted that using something that wasn't made in China? I hate china crap as much as the next guy but some of the stuff is actually quite good, you just have to pick and choose. What I hate about it is that it is made over there and not here.
  42. Stomper

    gps and fish finder drain on batteries

    I can run all day, sometimes over 8 hours running a lowrance mark5x pro, a cuda 250, 2 vhf's and my run back in will charge the electronics battery fully. And that can be 8 hours with no engine running. If you fully charge the batteries before going out, I wouldn't even worry about it. If you...
  43. Stomper

    What am I looking at on my sounder?

    Yep. My first thought was that you are looking at your own rig down there. That's exactly what your rig will look like because it is tracking right with you full time so it (they) just leave lines as a trace.
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    PC Navigation on boat

    I've used Sea Clear II on a laptop and it works great. Even supports AIS and displays it brillitantly. The government charts are free online and the program is freeware and it performs well. So yea, I've used it on a small boat and I wouldn't hesitate to put two 22 inch monitors and use a pc or...
  45. Stomper

    Dragonfly gps & fish finder

    Similar deal here. With two batteries switched in none of my electronics die on start. The third battery (battery number 2) was added to the system later.
  46. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    There are a ton of things you could pick apart if you look closer than these pictures show. A true perfectionist craftsman would likely have done things very differently but I had to fish each summer in the middle of the project so I took some shortcuts. Functional and stout but not real pretty...
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    VW Bus:

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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Yea, the view could be better but it's plenty adequate. Little boat, so little windows. It's not a deal where I'm wishing there were bigger windows or anything. What sucks is the ride in 3 foot wind chop. It handles 10 foot seas easily. But the 2 and 3 foot wind chop coming down the bay sucks...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    You know, I never have fished from Shelter Cove but I've always wanted to and my 26 year old son wants to go out of there. Tuna can get in pretty close down there and the salmon season usually opens a month ahead of us here in the Eureka area.
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    Radon 15 Rebuild

    Yea, I carry two six gallon tanks in the bow and 1 in the stern of my 15 footer. I have room for 2 more if I need to do a long tuna trip or something. Four tanks gives me plenty of range for the most part but 3 is my usual compliment.
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Check out the tow rig! A westfalia vanagon on steroids, vw jetta efi powered. Makes a nice camping setup at some of the local lakes. Just enough cover to keep an old man out of the cold. You can see how the forward leaning windshield lends to a roomier feeling cabin instead of having a...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Sea trial results from Sunday Radar is excellent. It's an LCD unit, and as low to the water as it is, it works really well. Plenty of range, and I can't say that the low height off the water has negatively effected it's performance. Really pleased. My last trip last season was on October 31st...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Doppler direction finder testing I got most of the recent electronics installation finalized to be able to use the boat today. I have a chart plotter , 2 more vhf radios and an ais transponder to install later, but for now this will get me going. I'm actually a little more excited about the...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Again, more sanitizing to do but no wire loom and no headliner. Easy access. I hate protective loom on cables in boats. Most of my wiring is unprotected for good reason. Loom just traps salt water moisture instead of letting it breath and dry out. I learned that 35 years ago working on salt...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    More hole drilling, the plastic just flies around!! The mounting location just to the right and in my view while piloting the craft. This is a great search and rescue tool. How many times have we all been tempted to help a boater in distress whose lost in the fog? Radar and this little...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Oh boy, new holes to drill. Cable goes through the hole. The board is mounted back in the case. I scrounged an old switch from my junk box for an audio mute switch. The switch goes into the speaker wiring to kill the speaker noise.
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    The ugliness continues... the ugliest thing on the Pacific Ocean.. The circuit board of the doppler controller had some stupidly placed jacks in the back. The form factor of this box is hideous. I hate it, but I'm too lazy to make a new one. So, you can see the audio input jack and it's adapter...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Looks worse than it is. Lots of extra coax laying on the floor that was cut out. And it fits into the garage.. barely. Using 1/2 wave elements is not recommended for the 4 antenna array but testing shows it still works. The received wave front experiences some distortions due to resonant...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Continuing on with projects, should be able to be fish ready by next weekend. The electronics dabbling continues, albeit slowly. This weekend's boat work was delayed somewhat by surfing adventures but I got some stuff done anyway. The doppler unit was tested with the new antennas installed on...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Oh, and yet another one, this is the 1/4 wave "spike" I used last season for my scanning 2nd vhf with ais receive, but it's going to be retired and capped off but the mount will not be removed. I had to drill a 1 inch diameter hole to put the radar scanner cable through the canopy roof...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Doppler testing and gadgeteering.. When tuna and salmon fishing, even Pacific Halibut fishing, it's nice to catch the direction from which that guy that refused to give his location's radio signal came from. I've always felt a large vacuum of information existed when I didn't know where a radio...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    More of the canopy paint. This is plain old Rustoleum deck paint, cheap and durable. That's all I care about. It's a utility boat, not a show boat.
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    This is a 1/2 wave end fed Shakespear 5240r. I love these antennas. It's only 3db gain but it's cool because as a 1/2 wave, it doesn't need a counterpoise or ground, and it's small. The 6db 8 foot antennas many of us have are essentially two of these stacked end to end creating what they call...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    PLANNING FOR ANTENNAS AND OTHER ADVENTURES I used two vhf antennas last season when I got the boat useable. The 8 foot glass colinear like so many of us have, and the small 1/4 wave spike sticking out the top of the boat. The spike is actually a 1/2 wave vertical dipole because instead of a...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    I got a call the other day from my fishing buddy. He asked me what I was doing. I said I was still working on my radar mount. He asked me if "working on my boat" meant that I was walking around in my garage drinking coffee and looking at the boat. I said "yes, that's exactly what it means". So...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Continuing, Tomorrow is the day I will glass this whole thing up and finish it. After that, I'll lift the whole canopy off and finish painting the outside and interior.
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    This winter my projects will mostly be electronic. Maybe I'll add the Bennet trim tabs that Yoshi gave me. I want to finish up this radar install this weekend. Maybe if I post it, I'll actually get up off my dead tail end and do it. It's a little wood radar scanner mount. The base was...
  68. Stomper

    SKIPJACK DIESEL 1988

    When asking for diagnostic help on a diesel engine, it's IMPERATIVE that you include the make and model of the engine, sometimes even the engine serial number would help. It looks like a Volvo Penta to me but I could be wrong. I can appreciate your concern for cost. Ask around other diesel...
  69. Stomper

    Sitka halibut

    For Pacific Halibut I would think anywhere from 70 feet to 400 feet deep. Areas I have no idea up there but they populate indiscriminate areas in a lot of cases.
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    Smallest Boat for Tuna

    15 foot 1977 tri hull, a bit modified. Solo too. These three were 25 lbs each this last season. It's all about what you are comfortable with, and Humboldt County's ocean is similar to Washington. However, while more capable boats go out every season on a tuna trip here, I might do it in this...
  71. Stomper

    First Project Boat.

    Nice transom. When you get done with that, it will be stronger than.... .. heck. And it will probably last another 55 years or more. That's the thing about these restores like this. You take a boat that's lasted 30 or 40 years already with so so workmanship originally, then you rebuild it...
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    This Says it all......Just gotta love it....

    We had a teacher (I was born in 1952) at a school in 1965 who had a cool corporal punishment policy. If you were caught screwing up in class, he called you to the front of the class. You sat down in a chair at a table that had a book on it. You were told to place your nose on the book. He then...
  73. Stomper

    Custom 15' Hobie Power Skiff

    That deal that I put on that tri hull earlier in this post cost about 1400 which included a 790 dollar window job. Of course I did it myself except for the windows. It took 6 months and I could have done it much faster if I had hauled ass on it. Anyway, it wasn't difficult and I used no plans. I...
  74. Stomper

    Any concern about Fukushima out there?

    HAHAHA!!!! HAHA!!
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    Izors Halibut 1-18-14

    Do they have California Halibut in Alaska? It's true that the right side eyes are always on the Pacific Halibut but the Californias can be either way. Two completely different species. We are lucky to have both species in Humboldt County.
  76. Stomper

    Drone seen off of Venice and need help Identifying

    It's an LA County lifeguard drone. Still a hazard if they are playing hobby boy in navigable waters.
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    Drone seen off of Venice and need help Identifying

    Wait a minute. No threat? Progression of maritime safety? Okay, the first person that runs over that thing and sinks or damages his or her boat will disagree with that. I've seen smaller objects be defined as hazards to maritime safety. If this is part of some project by the county, then their...
  78. Stomper

    No results searching my posts

    Yea, I just went back and I think my posts still exist but the search function doesn't find them. That will probably be fixed soon I hope.
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    No results searching my posts

    Is this new site software a work in progress? I searched for a few of my past posts and no go. No results. Any information here? Should we wait or did the old stuff just vanish?
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    Custom Boats

    Do they sandwich floatation material in a double hull type construction?
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    Tribal Crab Bust!

    Yea, these poaching idiots cause a huge PR problem for anyone who fishes. The general public only sees the word "fisherman" and you can see what it does to all of us, not to mention what they've done to the resource. I hope they come down hard on these dopes.
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    25' Skipjack Flybridge - Diesel - 1988

    Hi, I work for Cummins Pacific here in Humboldt County. I'm the marine tech at this branch. Excessive "oil carryover" that some people call excessive blowby can be caused by a failed turbocharger that has failed an oil seal and is pumping boost air, normally intended to go to the intake...
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    29' Dyer diesel sportfisher

    Exactly right. Displacement hull speed power level, good on fuel but you'll be a while getting there. It would be about 8 kt cruise, and at 9.5 you would increase fuel burn considerably. Certainly no planing at all. A C8.3 Cummins at 400 hp or a 6bt at 370 hp would make it scoot a little better...
  84. Stomper

    What type of sinker does this mold make?

    Those were almost the same as the ones I used in the sixties surf fishing in Newport Beach.
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    17'6" glasspar seafair restore/pilot house build

    2 by 4's, drilled through the wide dimension, all thread. I think I used 3/8 all thread. After you are done, fill the holes with glass and resin. Very simple. You can use as many clamps as you want. There are a ton of rebuild threads at iboats.com and the other sites mentioned above.
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    16.5' 1973 Starcraft Super Sport Aluminum Hull

    That's a steal at that price. Very nice! With the new transom and all the other work done to it, I would easily pay between 4 and 5 thousand, no problem. After you've done a restore like this, you can appreciate the amount of money and time and effort that goes into a result like this.
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    So cal Offshore Boat Question on size needed for offshore fishing

    I would also say that length isn't the issue, nor the hull. It's the experience of the operator. An extremely experienced operator can take a very small boat a long way out for some nice results. Experience and seamanship help in making the right decisions in split second situations and more...
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    Custom 15' Hobie Power Skiff

    That boat is KILLER! Hobie Power Skiff, wow, never knew they existed. 15 feet is awesome, so easy to launch and tow and pay for. I have a 15 footer I recently did some pilot house work to, and I'm dreaming up where to put the boards. My pilot house roof edges hold a soft rack pretty well, but I...
  89. Stomper

    Sea Biscuit ran aground at Anacapa

    If you command a vessel solo, it's a huge responsibility to bring yourself home to family safely. If you take one other soul out, you must bring that person home safely and do everything possible to make that outcome happen. When you take a load of souls out, the responsibility multiplies times...
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    Humbolts

    Two, three and four years from now the salmon are going to bite the big one because we are so low on rain and water now. They are laying too near the ocean because they can't make it up the rivers due to the low flows, so when the rivers flood, the eggs will get washed out. We kind of want the...
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    A big picture type of question....about boats

    Everyone likes different things. I like small boats, mine is 15 feet, I use it about 99 percent of the time out of the evil waters outside of Humboldt Bay and have no intention of ever getting a bigger one. It has radar on the pilot house roof, fits under a normal garage door, short enough to...
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    11/17 Dana Point

    Nice work on the ocean and in the kitchen. I want to check out the winter california halibut situation just offshore here in Humboldt County. They have to be here, we catch them in Humboldt Bay here. We get Pacific halibut in as close as 80 or 90 feet deep in the summer. In the winter the...
  93. Stomper

    Let's try this again. 18' Dory rebuild......

    Aquatek is killer plywood. Hydrotek is great also. That stuff almost looks like hydrotek. Aquatek is lighter than hydrotek. Great stuff. Nice job you are doing. It's going to be a great fishing machine!
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    Transom replacement questions

    I was going to say the same things as JFK. I've never used seacast. After replacing my transom, I'm sure that I would have had major issues trying to remove my transom wood without messing up the inner or even outer skin. As it was, stripping the inner skin off and using an air chisel with a 3...
  95. Stomper

    Boat cooling system

    Yea, they always pump better when the LU is submerged rather than on muffs. Having said that, I had a pumping issue that was caused by the pump tube from the LU to the power head losing it's seal on the lower unit. That can be inspected when you change the impeller because usually both require...
  96. Stomper

    Great White Caught Off Beach in San Clemente

    I was wondering the same thing. The waves at Pendelton break way out from the shore. So there's no way the guy could cast out beyond the breaker line. He could maybe get it out 1/3 of the way to the line. So he must have had a line tow out from the beach, either by a surfer or a jet ski or like...
  97. Stomper

    Glass Tri-hull vs Alum. V-hull in Tuff Water

    I would think almost anything except a flat bottom would be better than a trihull in tuff water having had a trihull for the last 6 ocean seasons in Humboldt County. I would think you would be better off with a v hull aluminum.
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    New Build: Custom Greenough 21 by Anderson Boats

    Over the years I've come to my own conclusion that freeboard is overrated. Low freeboard, such as my silly trihull has at about 16 inches in the stern gunwales, works great in 10 foot swells. It's the 25 knot wind chop with whitecaps that's the problem, and even then I can count on two hands the...
  99. Stomper

    Vacum Sealers

    Another deal to watch out for is that they can stall or be unwilling to let the sealing sequence happen if they are used in too much of a rapid fire fashion. It's supposedly because they need to cool a little between baggings, or at least the sealing heater can get too hot at which point it will...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Yea anytime. I saw your build on that other forum. One of the guys you mentioned there I've also seen on the iBoats threads. Anyway, I work at Cummins Pacific in Arcata. You can find me there if I'm not out on the road involved in some disasterous diesel engine problem somewhere :)
  101. Stomper

    Basics on VHF radio

    If you are going out on any day, it's not a bad idea to listen up for awhile on the active fishing channel (if that's what you are doing) before you start asking obvious questions like where are the fish and is anyone catching. Usually a little listening time is all it takes to figure it all out.
  102. Stomper

    day 2

    Nice post, interesting read for one such as myself who's never fished in Louisiana. Congratulations on a great day!
  103. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Thanks man and roger dodger on the cold. It screws up my motivation too. I'm going to check that out right now, thanks for the heads up!
  104. Stomper

    "Holy Mackerel" 13 Whaler Rebuild

    Yep. It's a 2014 Boston Whaler for sure.
  105. Stomper

    .....match this

    Antique. Nice. Probably early 60's or late 50's? For information, write to.... I love it.
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Sea trial. I decided to test full out. We put 3 full sized adults on and fished salmon and halibut for 6 hours. I've never fished 3 people on this boat, but I found out it was doable. Non stop hookup action, I just ran the boat, my son taught his buddy how to salmon fish. So they got their...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Going in for windows tomorrow. Got enough paint on it for windows to be installed. Clear laminated glass. Gotta put a white light up there on top too. Windows. There are two left to install. After that, I'll work the wrinkles out of the rubber masks in the tight corners. They...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Looking like glass quotes this week. Oops, the forward nav light is hanging by it's wires.
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Sneak previews, I'm not inclined to post much stuff until noticeable progress has been made. It's getting closer to paint time, then window time. Center windshield panel hadn't been sanded in this one. Canopy tracks done, get those crappy seats out after it's launched. Still a bunch...
  110. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    GOOD NEWS! I picked the canopy up with the sides now attached and it only weighs 42 pounds. That's great news. This whole thing will probably top out at 70 by the time I'm done. Cool. I set it back down about 6 inches shy of full travel. Here it's at 17 inches opened. When I cover up the track...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Playing with this feature now. I glassed the starboard side on last night. Visibility over the top might be needed at times. I like having a totally unobstructed view sometimes when crossing the bar and the occasional crash through a wave peak which can happen. Should be good ventilation and...
  112. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Driveway views. The canopy roof rake angle is a bit extreme, but the boat is only 15.5 feet long and I needed a little top to bottom room at the entry point to get inside of the thing. It fits into the standard low door garage with about 6 inches to spare on this trailer. Sometimes I...
  113. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Other than that this weekend, I'll be piddling around on this thing. Tonight's problem to solve was the fairing that covers up the interface joints between the sliding canopy parts and the stationary boat mounted parts. The fairing will act as a captive overlap, keeping the canopy sides in place...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Fishing cave, digging a deeper hole for myself. As I've said before, I like drilling holes in boats. I've drilled dozens in this one in the last 6 years, and I've filled in a bunch of them with fiberglass and resin after I was done with their usefulness. So when I'm done with this deal, I...
  115. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    I've settled on a side window styling. The windows are fixed and don't open because the entire canopy slides aft for ventilation and visibility over the top of the windshield frame. The slanted line under the windows is the track, which I have glassed in place. This thing is only about 3 inches...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    o the cammed surface of the pattern boards above were changed in the final design to have about 6 locking positions. The basic function remained the same though. Everyone should experience this. Take an air powered die grinder with a 36 grit roloc disk, and start grinding on your gel coat...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Conceptualizing the track geometry and layout A sliding canopy must have a rigid sturdy base track to slide on. In this case, I do not want a slippery track. I want some friction there. In this case it will be a 1/2 inch thick piece of hydrotek mahogany ply screwed and glassed to the hull cap...
  118. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Time to laminate the windshield outer post to the deck base. I cut some pieces and shimmed them into this gap. The laminate pieces fitted. I had to open the deck to clamp the laminate together. Another view of the deal. Forward deck open. This is the first opening since the new...
  119. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    First top separation. I pulled it back 16 inches. Maximum opening will be 28 inches of travel which should allow me to pop my head out and have a look around, and give me some sunlight if I so desire. It will also allow me to open the front bow cover with windshield attached, for access to some...
  120. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    This windshield post has some strange angles. Things are falling into place. Still tacking things together owing to the tattered look of the panel joints. That will change. Glassed this into place. The roof has to slide off of this. It'll be ground to shape later. I laid a wood strip...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    For the rest of this post, I'm just going to copy my original post from the Humboldt Tuna forum as it was posted there last year. It was written while I was building, so it's mostly in present tense. ===== I was brainstorming just standing there, looking at this thing while the morning high...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    The canopy was developing more. After I got the top secured, I fabbed the sides and then cut it for the sliding canopy setup. I was wondering if it would stand the POUNDING of the tri hull scenario in the evil waters of the Pacific Ocean? Could I build it strong enough and light enough? That...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Continuing on.. Working on the canopy. While deciding on opening windows and hatches, I decided it was just too much hassle to order windows and hatches and having to return them if I didn't like them. So I pumped some more high powered coffee and decided to do it fighter canopy style. It...
  124. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    So we enter the third winter of fooling around in the garage with this 70's thing. That was last winter, 2012-2013. I started it so late like a complete dummy, that I didn't get done until a week before salmon season closed up here in early September. I think I was done about August 25th or...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Continuing lowering of the hull cap. It fit pretty well considering the hull didn't get jigged. So while we are at it, I've had this theory about manufacturing in the seventies. It doesn't take a scholar to imagine what the mind set of people were who manufactured things. I was there. I was a...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    I placed the deck on two pylons so that I could lower it easily. I did all of this project with no help. So after applying the adhesive to the stringers and hull, I just pulled out the two pylons and lowered the deck to it's resting place. I used countersunk SS screws through the deck into...
  127. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Yea, a Chrysler for god's sake. Hahaha. It's all just an experiment anyway. The engine mods are pretty simply standard mopar electronic ignition using an MSD Blaster II coil with some really hot plugs. If I wasn't able to make that mod (the old Chrysler CDI ignitions sucked I thought anyway), I...
  128. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    So I laminated two layers of 18mm ply together to form a 36mm thick transom. That's a little less than 1.5 inches thick. Some of the restore threads showed people using 3m 5200 to glue them together which is what I did. In hindsight, I think I might have resined them together with a single layer...
  129. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Deck is out, removed a ton of waterlogged foam, stringers and deck supports, probably 500 lbs of dead weight. I can lift one corner of the boat with one hand now. It's now time to rebuild. Yay, I got it gutted without putting a hole through the hull. Amazing how lightened up it was...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    All the foam is waterlogged, from years of the PO's leaving it out in the rain and letting it fill up. Yuk! Those stringers were rotten to the core, no structural strength at all. I hauled away about 300 pounds of waterlogged foam and about 200 pounds of waterlogged wood when it was all...
  131. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Fast forward 1 year, to the winter of 2011-2012 (two years ago) A little TLC, as they always say in Craigslist. Had a little water getting into the transom and some stringer rotting in the 35 year old girl. I'm fishing it for another season. Replacing the transom, deck, stringers, fittings...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Glassing and sanding. I used a layer of glass on top and bottom, don't remember but I think it was 6oz., and 2 coats of resin to get me through the summer without painting or putting something else over it. Like I said, I ain't a perfectionist, just wanted functionality and the wood looked...
  133. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Trim the front corners off to match the shape of the boat. Add a strip of the same wood, cut it to shape, mount it and install the slide off hinges. Cut the underside filler supports to fill the gap under the deck piece. Side filler supports installed. Upside down on the table for...
  134. Stomper

    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    This tri hull is a 1977 Orrion 15 footer powered by a modified 1975 Chrysler 85. The boat is used 99 percent of the time in the Pacific Ocean out of Humboldt Bay. The ocean up here is notorious for unforgiving conditions but in the summer, it can be very nice. Much of the time I have to tolerate...
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    Rebuilding a crummy 15 foot 70's tri hull for the NW Pacific

    Some people showed some interest in this pilothouse project I did on a 500 dollar bomb of a boat. This build thread ended with the boat looking like this. Since this was taken several months ago, I've added radar and some other small electronic additions. This was a generic cheap popout...
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    going to be building a pilot house on my 18ft glasspar could use some help

    Thanks. The fore deck is 3/4 inch, actually it's 18mm hydrotek marine ply, a type of mahogony. Doesn't matter, good quality external ply will do the job. I wanted to be able to stand on it. That deck section is fairly heavy but I wanted it that way. I still can open the front deck easily while...
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    Roplene

    A buddy of mine has a 21 foot triumph cc, when he bought it years ago there was an issue identified by triumph and my buddy had the issue. The hull cracked open and they replaced the whole boat for free. No problem since. He puts it through severe service up here in the Pac nw. And he's a...
  138. Stomper

    Hacked again?

    You could try clearing your cache, cookies and browsing history and see if it goes away. You'll have to log back into BD after that.
  139. Stomper

    honda 10 hp outboard

    Wow, a thread that lives and breathes. A new form of life.
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    going to be building a pilot house on my 18ft glasspar could use some help

    Any sane man would. Being insane however, brings different results. The idea is to stay small and cheap and fit what I have in the garage. Lots of reasons to stay small. I love small (and thank goodness so does my wife). Look at the engine. 75 bucks. Tow vehicle is cheap, everything's cheap...
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    going to be building a pilot house on my 18ft glasspar could use some help

    I built the pilothouse with the window openings, and then I took it to a glass shop and they cut and installed the windows. This was just before taking it to the glass shop. I think Anderson with the Greenough boats and Radon and others use this method but watch out for the tightness of the...
  142. Stomper

    Gargoyles Sunglasses Present - Beat this caption - Contest ending November 29th, 2010

    Jim, is that a little alligator down there that's about to munch your goodies ?
  143. Stomper

    Have a safe fishing trip on the Pacific

    If you are fishing solo like I do often, install a kill switch and always attach the lanyard to your life jacket. Someone down there in Oceanside I believe it was, disappeared and they found only his boat and his dog made it to shore. Kill switches save lives. That check list looks so much like...
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    going to be building a pilot house on my 18ft glasspar could use some help

    Working with wood and fiberglass isn't difficult. I'm a Cummins diesel tech, and a metal fab guy too. I find wood to be about 3 times easier to fab with than metal. Just bring your metal fab die grinders and other grinders and get a few wood working tools at harbor freight to start out with...
  145. Stomper

    MLPA Research Vessels Hits and Kills Blue Whale

    Looks like this article is spreading across the web like wild fire. Hmm, I wonder if a private consortium consisting of no government entity were to manage this process, would it be a little more coherent and practical in it's processes? As in any number of an almost infinite number of...
  146. Stomper

    Newport Beach with the kids

    Nice work...I used to live right there. Now in the Eureka area. Bob