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Lenco Trim Tabs [Was: Lenco Trollin Tabs]
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posted 09-29-2001 02:10 AM ET (US)
Has anyone seen or have first hand knowledge of Lenco's electric trollin tabs? I have a new Conquest 26' and I'm thinking of replacing the Bennett tabs with the Lenco electric tabs plus have the added advantage of stern propulsion. I want to know if Lenco makes a quality product. Would be grateful for any input. Thanks
posted 09-29-2001 11:10 AM ET (US)
I have no first-hand experience with Lenco trim tabs, but there was just a discussion of the merits of Lenco vs. Bennett trim tabs on "The Hull Truth" forum. A gentleman from Bennett wrote an in-depth (and admittedly somewhat biased) comparison of the 2 systems.
I hope this helps you with your research...
posted 10-01-2001 01:22 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the link, Tom. Even though he works for Bennett he had some pretty good arguments.
Does anyone know an alternate solution for trolling on a Conquest 26? I know there are standard trolling motors but I can't imagine trying to adapt one for this boat. I also figure that I need more than one prop to really move a boat this size around.
posted 10-01-2001 08:54 AM ET (US)
The article referenced by the pointer is certainly a tour-de-force endorsement.
What I find most interesting is that this is a case of a MANUFACTURER's representative participating directly in an on-line forum. And by doing so he has gained a significant advantage for his product.
Makes you wonder about that same kind of participation in the context of this forum...
posted 10-01-2001 01:07 PM ET (US)
Minn-Kota (a large trolling motor manufacturer) makes trolling motors that mount directly on outboard motor lower units. They aren't inexpensive (about $400 each), but might serve your purposes. You can find them online at Cabelas:
Hope that helps...
posted 10-01-2001 01:13 PM ET (US)
I agree with you completely! Interestingly, in an earlier thread on The Hull Truth, the president of Edgewater responded directly to some of the issues that were raised about their boats. That is a far cry from the lack of response that some of the folks here have received (Jurisproodenz's situation comes to mind). I wish Whaler and Mercury would pay more attention to the highly-focused content of this forum. They would probably pay many $$ to focus groups and market researchers to get the kind of info that is available here for free. Go figure!
posted 10-01-2001 08:54 PM ET (US)
[Fixed some of those long URIs]
posted 10-12-2001 03:27 PM ET (US)
Well let's see -- yesterday before venturing out I happened to open the transom bait station on the 27 WA, below which are the starter batteries plus other useful items. On this occasion was looking at the pump/motor/reservoir of the Bennett trim system. It was near empty! It wasn't a few days before, thought the tabs were being funky as usually they can be, since the response time on them is like sitting around and watching grass grow. Needless to say looked for internal leaks found none. No tell tell oil slicks either though I knew it just didn't evaporate.
We decided to refill and activate to determine where a pint or so of oil was disappearing.
My companion activated the controls -- and I reached down off the motor bracket to get a feel for them moving. The port side worked as usual slows as molasses in Jan. and then went to the starboard side -- ah hah -- what I found was the tab and 98% of the actuator flip flopping in the water unattached! Yep the actuator had broken itself clean off where it attaches to the transom ---
My guess is that the last time out when they were acting funky -- they really were funky -- the starboard didn't retract. So when I backed down with a few strong throttle burst (we have to when the tide is running in or out at about 3 to 5 knots) it must have snapped off = plastic on plastic what a way to build that attachment point!
I was lucky today found a local marine store who had a couple actuators. Believe it or not, they were cleaning house going to go up on eBay, I bought both at a nice discount --- however it's going to cost about $75 to haul out to do the replacement ---
Winter project switch to Lencos -- I have had trouble with the Bennetts on the 27 ccc too -- enough -- when I want trim I want trim -- and parts that are made strong --
Thought I'd relay this little story -- even though it is just one instance -- and Bennett has been around forever it seems, maybe just my lousy luck --- Tom
posted 10-12-2001 09:36 PM ET (US)
I look forward to welcoming you as a new member of the Lenco family - you'll be glad you made the switch. (Must be you've figured out how to manage the long extension cord ;-) )
posted 09-18-2002 05:02 PM ET (US)
We put the Lenco trolling motor package on our 22 FT Pathfinder. The motors are Motor Guide and attach directly to the trim tabs. We have been terribly disappointed in the results. They have never worked properly and we have taken the boat back to the dealer several times. One time, the left motor worked, but not the right. Another time, they worked on low but not on high. Now they do not work at all. I would think twice before investing the money.
posted 09-18-2002 05:36 PM ET (US)
If you swap out your tabs let me know... I'll help you get rid of the Bennett's!
My old 25'Outrage is just south of the Coral Street dock on Balboa Island, Main channel.
See you about.. eventually.
posted 09-20-2002 08:43 AM ET (US)
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