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davemor posted 05-19-2003 03:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for davemor   Send Email to davemor  
Does anyone out there have trim tabs on there 18' Outrage ?? Do you think that they are nessesary. The reason i am asking is that I want to put a kicker motor on the back. Thanks
lhg posted 05-19-2003 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Not necessary, and the boat will easily handle the weight of a kicker. I have 610# worth of engines on mine, set back 10". The 18 Outrage does not ride particularly high in the bow, hence a stern lifting device (trim tabs) is not necessary.

If anything, an 18 Outrage needs bow lifting propellers.

doobee posted 05-19-2003 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
Trim tabs are probably not necessary, however they would help you keep the boat on an even keel when people or gear are stowed on board. They will also improve your hole shot and fuel economy. Bennett makes some trim tabs (M80) specifically for small boats.
captainwh posted 05-20-2003 01:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for captainwh  Send Email to captainwh     
The yamaha 9.9 4 stroke kicker on my 18' outrage gave it a list. I have removed it for repair, and the boat rides better. I might sell it and get something lighter.

Trim tabs would solve the port and starboard problem caused by the kicker or other load issues, but I would guess it would bring the bow down a bit in the process. You can always compensate with the engine tilt.

acseatsri posted 05-20-2003 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Was your kicker on port or starboard side? I moved my 10 Honda to the starboard side and the list improved markedly, probably even better with the kicker on the starboard side vs none at all.
davemor posted 05-20-2003 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for davemor  Send Email to davemor     
Iwas going to put the kicker on the starboard side, I am worried about a list. also not sure if a 4 stroke will be too heavy
captainwh posted 05-21-2003 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for captainwh  Send Email to captainwh     
My kicker was on the port side.
acseatsri posted 05-21-2003 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Mount your kicker on the starboard side. This will help counteract prop torque. The other advantage here is that if it's left in the water, no water sits on the deck, it all goes into the sump. Mounting it on the port side just exacerbates the list. This is all from prior experience. If you have steering cables in the way, you can mount it on a bracket. I did it this way- now when I go clamming I can power into about a foot of water.
davemor posted 05-22-2003 02:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for davemor  Send Email to davemor     
how did you mount your kicker bracket ?? do you have any pictures ?
acseatsri posted 05-22-2003 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
davemor- I mounted it on one of these as far to the starboard side as I could. I was able to use a short shaft outboard with this setup as well. I used 4 3/8 bolts and sealed the holes well

hooter posted 05-22-2003 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Ah know a major hog rider with ever' damn piece o' chrome and lights he could stick on his ride, that decided again trim tabs on his 18' Whaler. Now Ah also know a Shriner dude, rides in ever damn parade down here wearin' his little hat and ridin' a major chromo moped, who's 18' sports trim tabs, electric winch, duo flag poles, lawn chairs, charcoal Hibachi, stereo hifi and a gen'rator t'run the color TV and lava lamp. He likes the trim tabs just fine.

Ah'm again 'em, but what do Ah know 'bout your taste in machinery?

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