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alanfujii posted 09-05-2002 11:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for alanfujii   Send Email to alanfujii  
Does anyone have any experience with Bennett's auto tab controls? The person that did the electronics on my boat talked me out of them saying they had didn't work that well (maintanence problems etc.). The reason that I'm thinking of going against his recommendation is that I know that I'm probably not trimming the boat correctly or making the continual adjustments needed. I'm desperate to achieve a better ride or I'll probably sell the boat and get something else. Before I do that though, I want to try everything I can.
kingfish posted 09-06-2002 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

What whaler are you trying to improve the ride on? And what are the specific characteristics you want to improve or change?


kingfish posted 09-06-2002 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Never mind - I just read your previous post.

Auto tabs will not do anything that you can't do with real tabs except not do those things as well. Save your money.

Learn how to get maximum advantage from your existing trim tabs, and recognize that in some conditions you are not going to get a smooth ride in this boat or any other boat of similar size.


Chap posted 09-06-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Kingfish I totally agree with you that Auto Tabs are not the way to go here since he has Bennetts. I also beleieve that Autos hang down below the hull and drag in reverse.

But, I think alanfujii is asking about Bennett's own Auto Control(switch) which I think can be used both manually and automatically. I can't speak to the Auto switches reliability.

alanfujii, you may benefit from a more experienced captain taking a ride with you and helping with the trim to find the sweet spot under various conditions. I believe you would initially have to set the optimal trim anyway in the Auto Control Switch's memory so it can automatically maintain YOUR setting.

Go out and play, it will come naturally after some time fooling around.


kingfish posted 09-06-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Thanks for the clarification; I do think I misunderstood the question.

alafuji - what Chap said...


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