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Old 08-20-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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Trillium Belly band

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Spent all morning scrubbing the trill. The belly band had layer over layer of disgusting black and greening silicone. Removed it, now I find that the belly band was held on by the silicone on one side. Rivits are toast. So how do I get the rubber out and back in so I can re-Rivet it. Also what do I re seal the band with?

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Ps my marine hull cleaner made the trailer clean enough to eat off of.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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I want to fix this right but were goin camping Friday! Any solution ideas to get me through?
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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The rubber insert is really easy to remove. You simply pull it out. When you want to put it back, you just squeeze it between your finger and insert it. I hope you can understand my French explanations loll
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:21 PM   #4
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In my OPINION, the belly band is the major design flaw of the trillium. It should be removed, then cut, or grind out the metal plates that hold it on. Then fibreglass, and bondo over it. Some then add a self adhesive belly band back on, but I prefer the look with no belly band.

Just search "belly band" and you will find several links on how to do this. I like this one:
Bye bye belly band!
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:29 PM   #5
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That's what I've done. Simply removed it

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #6
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I'm gonna follow suit. All the steel where the rivets are supposed to go is crumbling and bulging. But to get me through the weekend I've bought a tube of marine Goop, it's stuck on and hopefully I don't lose it in new York, new Hampshire or Vermont! Will caulk around the top just as a temporary measure.
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That looks great! Just out of curiosity, what year is your Trillium? The reason I ask is that you have a Bargman L400 door latch. Most Trillium 1300's have an L300. I have one of each. My 1977 has the L400 as well.

I am working on removing the belly band from my first 4500 now. I plan to remove it on all four of my Trilliums.
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1980. I'm waxing right now with 3M marine restorer and wax. Coming along nicely. 4 trilliums! You should consider separating them while in storage or looking at spaying or neutering !
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That looks great! Just out of curiosity, what year is your Trillium? The reason I ask is that you have a Bargman L400 door latch. Most Trillium 1300's have an L300. I have one of each. My 1977 has the L400 as well.

I am working on removing the belly band from my first 4500 now. I plan to remove it on all four of my Trilliums.
Haha you know a bit more about trillium than me.. Mine is a 1980 bought in 2007 for $1500. Really good condition.
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1980. I'm waxing right now with 3M marine restorer and wax.
What was the hull cleaner?

Looking forward to before and after pics.

Hope you have a great trip.
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Spray nine boat bottom cleaner
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Haha you know a bit more about trillium than me.. Mine is a 1980 bought in 2007 for $1500. Really good condition.
That is an awesome deal, (steal?). You even have the kitchen window. 1980 was near the end of the production.
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