Roberta's Torpedo

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by kens » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:17 pm

Roberta,
I bought my trailer brand new, all aluminum, 28', double axle + surge brakes + disc brakes + torsion axles, spare tire, adjustable bow bunks, custom main bunks, adjustable goal posts, strap type winch, stainless hardware, delivered to my back yard, for $3250.

If you're looking at a steel trailer, hard bunks & hard goal posts, for under $3k, then "under $3k" should be about $1200.

Just my $.02
Oak is over rated, everything about it takes extra time; then it warps, splits or checks !!! :roll:

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Bill Edmundson » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:29 pm

Roberta

This is just a guess! I think the engine will be close to the front axle for balance. My bunks project about 5'6" behind my single axle. That is 4' behind the rear of the trailer frame.

Just info.

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Trackhappy » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:23 pm

She is looking great Roberta!

I made spring loaded goal posts for my trailer. She is wider in the middle than at the stern, and has to be pretty closely centered on the trailer. Now, I just aim in between the posts and drive her home. As she goes through, they spring out around her ample girth and spring back in to center her as the water recedes. Only tried it once but seems to work well.

I bet you are itching to get her flipped now. :)
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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Roberta » Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:37 am

Thanks, guys! Ken, what trailer do you have, when, and when did you get it?

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by kens » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:06 pm

http://www.ace-trailers.com/
I bought it just before my initial launch, G1.
I am not sure, but, I believe my trailer was the bottom one of a stack of trailers being delivered. I think he piggybacked many others on top of mine and drove around the deliveries.
This guy is the trailer manufacturer, and custom builder. He mounted the axles forward for the inboard boat, and installed the high bunks for inboard also. No extra charge.
Oak is over rated, everything about it takes extra time; then it warps, splits or checks !!! :roll:

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Roberta » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:17 pm

Thanks Ken!! I will check them out.

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by kens » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:35 pm

In my searches for a trailer, I found 2 areas of competitive trailer marketing.
Tampa, Fl area.
South Fl atlantic coast.

Between these 2 markets, there is a kajillion trailer builders all willing to barter for your dollar.
This is where you could walk in with custom dimentions, and drive out with a custom trailer for a 'stock' price.
Oak is over rated, everything about it takes extra time; then it warps, splits or checks !!! :roll:

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Roberta » Fri Jun 27, 2014 4:38 am

We're heading for Florida next winter. Maybe I will set something up and pick up the trailer while there.

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Built Zip "Oliver IV", Super Spartan "Jimmy 70", and Torpedo "The Glen L".

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by lawrence_junk » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:30 pm

Roberta:

I have that Extreme trailer under my 24 foot wakeboard boat and have been very happy with it. The construction fit and finish are remarkable. It is really nicely built with all rounded corners and all welds ground and filled. It looks good (if that's important!). It would be a compliment to all the hard work going into your hand-made boat.

I did have one of the torsion axles fail after seven years (but mine is a heavy boat).

Regards,

Larry

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Bill Edmundson » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:50 pm

Larry

You should have drained the ballast tanks. :P

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Roberta » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:57 pm

Thanks, Larry!! I really do like this trailer and it look's like I can easily modify the bunks to get a real custom fit. I did that for the Zip and have a really nice riding trailer that cradles it. The fact that the trailer is pretty much what I'm looking for and 20 miles away is tempting. I would like to get the trailer before I flip the boat so I can make most of the bunk mods before the flip. This trailer is for a 18-20 foot boat and I think the GVW is 6K. I'm going to check this weekend and get some measurements.

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by lawrence_junk » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:44 pm

Bill Edmundson wrote:Larry

You should have drained the ballast tanks. :P

Bill
Good one Bill! But for the record, I'm a skier, not a wakeboarder. No ballast tanks.

Hoping Roberta puts a ski tow on that Torpedo so I can get a fast ride behind it at next year's gathering...

Larry

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by jenko » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:40 pm

This is the info I got from Mr hotrod re fin and I followed his advice
Unless the skid fin location is noted in your plans, the fin(s) are installed on the centerline of the hull, at approximately the center of the waterline length :

Designer's Notebook: Skeg Vs. fin


For reference purposes, here's a profile drawing of the Hot Rod :


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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Roberta » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:48 pm

Thanks, Jenko!! Glen L's motor book calls it at "just ahead of the mid point of the planing water line". Either way sounds like it will be in the correct spot.

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Re: Roberta's Torpedo

Post by Joris » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:44 am

Roberta,

i see you will be using Epifanes poly-urethane for your sides and bottom. I was browsing the epifanes website because i'm about to order paint for mine and noticed they specify the poly-urethane for above waterline. Did you order "bottom paint" for your bottom or is the normal "poly-urethane" good enough for a boat that isn't left in the water to long?

thanks!
Joris

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