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dboy posted 09-24-2002 06:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for dboy   Send Email to dboy  
I have been asking around about the need and effectiveness of trim tabs on a 21 foot outrage. One poster says they are the single most effective add on he has done and other sources says they are not needed and just look cool. Is there any real performance difference and what would be the cons of adding them.
Swellmonster posted 09-24-2002 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
My 20 OR came new without them. It was squirely and not too safe.
Added BENNETT tabs and it made ALL the difference.
I would not have a boat without them ever again.
Bennett, "the tabman" is above number one in customer service.
Gotta get'em!
Jay A posted 09-24-2002 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
Swellmonster sad it all! Obviously I don't have them on my 13' Whaler but I do on my 21' Seapro. They take a little getting used to but I would not want to be without them. For example: In a heavy chop I trim "bow down" so I can "cut" through the waves instead of pounding on top of them.Or you can balance an uneven load. This helps to keep "Aunt Bertha" from being embarassed by her heavy tonnage!
Lagged posted 09-24-2002 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lagged  Send Email to Lagged     
Well I am putting them on my 13 Dauntless :)

Well i also put a pate 27 in, am I overkill>

larimore posted 09-25-2002 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for larimore  Send Email to larimore     
Best mod I have made...

Good for cruising the shallows(keeps the engine high), good for quick plane(in shallows), good for those big passengers and cross winds, best of all for choppy days...

FISHNFF posted 09-25-2002 12:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
Have a set on my 17 Alert/Montauk with a Merc 90 4S. Planes at lower speed, helping offset the heavy motor and 17 gallon bait tank in stern. Love thw way I can tilt hull away from cross chop, keeping very dry. I went Lenco for ease of installation and space saving, but I really like the Bennett Sport Tabs.


reelescape1 posted 09-25-2002 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I put Bennetts on my '90 22' OR and love 'em!!!!!! You can't go wrong!!
Bigshot posted 09-25-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
In an open boat I would go Lenco for lack of parts compared to Bennet. I have Bennets on my Baja and they are the wooo. They do require maintenece and it is cheaper to buy a new set to cannibalize than buy individual parts.
David Ratusnik posted 09-25-2002 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Bennett sticks by their product. Great service and fast. Don't know about Lenco.

When you learn to use tabs they significantly alter the boating experience. They don't just "look cool" they do work.


dboy posted 10-02-2002 06:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for dboy  Send Email to dboy     
I just came back from a weekend of rough water in my 21 OR. I could trim the engine down and put the bow in the water and it would ride pretty good but the engine was laboring and I could just hear the fuel going through the lines. Would these trim tabs allow one to trim the boat nose down and keep the prop perpendicular to the transom to let the engine run without laboring? I am just getting used to this boat and I am overall pleased with its performance. I am just trying to make it a little more comfortable. The seas were 2-4 feet about 4 seconds apart and not real easy to deal with. Thanks
kingfish posted 10-02-2002 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
"Would these trim tabs allow one to trim the boat nose down and keep the prop perpendicular to the transom to let the engine run without laboring?"

Yes - outside of the added convenience of being able to differentially trim laterally to make up for prop torque, uneven loading or windage, that is the basic notion of trim tabs. Lift the stern, making the bow go down, while the motor can stay trimmed to an efficient angle.

And if you go this way, give Lenco electric tabs a good hard look. Their total euipment is less than hydraulics so they take up less space, they're easier to install and they are more responsive.


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