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frontier posted 10-28-2001 05:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for frontier   Send Email to frontier  
What is the best trim tab system for my Whaler 22 outboard Revenge? Anybody with long-term salt water experience with trim tabs? Do they need bottom paint? Is trailering a problem(stern tie downs)? Are they a hassle to install with the Whaler outboard motor well (through transom holes)? Thanks - I'm wandering if it's worth it!!
Airborne posted 10-28-2001 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Airborne  Send Email to Airborne     
I have the Bennett with rocker switch on a 22 foot outrage. I wouldnt go without them. Bottom paint is a good idea, just do not paint the piston rod. They take about 4 hours to install.
Tabman posted 10-29-2001 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tabman  Send Email to Tabman     
Actually you can paint the piston shaft on Bennett Trim Tabs. The seal for the hydraulics is made at the piston face up inside the cylinder. There is no seal where the piston shaft enters the cylinder body. So you can extend the shaft and paint it. It is ok if a barnacle grows on the shaft since there is no seal made on the shaft, but painting the shaft will not harm the actuator and will keep it clear of fouling.

I hope this helps.

Tom McGow
Bennett Marine

bigz posted 10-29-2001 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
frontier, so you can get a broader picture of trim tabs on Whalers and the various use with opinions open this forum topic to the show post through last year and you'll find at least a dozen or more post on trim tabs.

I have found using MDR's transducer anti-foulant waterbased paint on the "plastic" cylinders works fine = no growth plus it is easy to apply and black (hardly tell they have been coated).

Frankly have never had any significant growth on the ss shafts. You will want to coat the tabs with bottom anti-foul paint if the boat is kept in the water for long periods just make sure you don't coat the anodes which you will need to install on each one --

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