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reelescape1 posted 04-13-2002 12:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for reelescape1   Send Email to reelescape1  
I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all that had input into this subject...especially David R. and Tabman! I installed the Bennett bat wing style on my '90 22' OR and could not have done it without their help. David R. even mailed me pics of his for a reference and Tom McGow (Tabman)at Bennett went way out of his way to see that I got everything needed. Thank You! They help like you wouldn't believe! Any listing is compensated for with the press of a button, and the pounding in a short chop is helped tremendously. I mounted the pump assy. under the starboard rear corner of the console, the rocker switch on the panel where your thumb would naturally fall if holding the controls, and the cylinders I chose are the ones that the tubing goes over the transom. I just couldn't drill a 3/4" hole in my transom and the tubing appears to be VERY strong! Thanks again and as soon as I can get some pics I'll post them. The complete job took me about 6 hrs.
tobes posted 04-14-2002 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for tobes  Send Email to tobes     
Reelescape- You say it only took you 6 hrs to complete the job. Did you have to reinforce the transom, around the leading edge of the tab ?

I talked to Chuck Bennett awhile back about his concerns about adding trim tabs to my 84 Guardian. His only worry was the leading edge pulling through the glass even with my CPD hull.

This project is also on my list for next year. So if anyone has had good luck without having to reinforce. Please post as this job is a biggie, just ask Kingfish.


Tabman posted 04-14-2002 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tabman  Send Email to Tabman     

Glad to hear the results and happy we could help. If you get some good pictures, and are interested I would like to use your boat at our website’s project page. It outlines what was involved in the installation and the results. If you are interested I would send you an Auto Tab Retractor in payment for you work.

Best Regards,
Tom McGow
Bennett Marine

David Ratusnik posted 04-14-2002 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Reel- Glad to hear the tabs worked out well. You will find that the boat is sooooo much more enjoyable having added them. Today we spend about 3 hours on the ICW and it is the LIST CORRECTION that impresses me the most. Yes, I wanted the boat to come out of the hole with bow getting shoved down. Tabs do this, but it is the list correction that impresses me. We had a 15 mph SE wind today so while running north or south we took it at about a 45 degree angle. Setting one or the other tab while running on plane leveled out the boat in a mild chop. Sooo slick.
Have fun, we did. 5 keeper sized trout. David
reelescape1 posted 04-15-2002 08:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
tobes-if I have trouble with that I'll post it here, I too am a little concerned about not being able to through bolt some items on my boat, time will tell.

tabman-thanks again and as soon as I can get a digital I'll send pics your way.

david-it makes a tremendous difference, even if someone walks to a different place in the boat, just compensate and the boat levels out!

David Ratusnik posted 04-15-2002 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
tobes- I've looked over an 80's vintage 22' Gaurdian with tabs. The boat began its' life in Jupiter FLA with FLA Marine Patrol and is now part of the SeaTow service out of Port Canaveral. The boat has 12' x 12's on it. They look either original or a long term after factory add on. They look rock solid with no apparent major reinforcement. Obviously, the boat has seen heavy, serious use and the tabs look to be on the boat to stay. One observation. David
Chap posted 04-15-2002 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Great news indeed. Well done. I used the tabs on our Shamrock all day long and miss them tremendously on the Outrage. They are definately on the to-do list. May I pick your brains at that time?
reelescape1 posted 04-21-2002 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I couldn't figure how to post pictures here so if anyone wants to see the tabs on the boat heres a link. The only one missing is of the rocker switch. I mounted it to the left of the binnacle, on the small angled surface (standard console).

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