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OutrageMan posted 11-20-2002 01:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for OutrageMan   Send Email to OutrageMan  
Having owned a 22' Outrage with WD, I have always been under the impression that you can not put trim tabs on a Whaler Drive.

I have been looking at a 1988 27' Outrage Cuddy with WD. The listing said it had tabs. I was a bit skeptical, so I had the dealer email me a photo. It can be seen at:

I am not sure what brand they are, but they are definately there.

Have I been wrong this whole time? Is this just some jerry rigged setup?

Thoughts please?


kingfish posted 11-20-2002 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Not a very clear picture; it's hard to tell just what is happening where the actuator bracket is attached to the "transom" and impossible to tell what's happening under the WD. They are clearly hydraulic units, and I would wonder if the tab hinges aren't attached in an overhead fashion to the horizontal surface of the underside of the WD.

I've not been up close and personal with a WD, so I don't know if they effect a continuation of the hull bottom, or if they step up some like LHG's Armstrong bracket. If they step up, the tabs could probably operate under there with impunity; if they don't, it would seem like there would always be a little bit of tab-down attitude, whether you wanted it or not.


lhg posted 11-20-2002 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Brian and JCF - The Whaler Drive on all 27's came with factory installed Bennett trim tabs, where on the 20-25's this was not possible! The actuators are clearly visible and somewhat ackward in appearance on the rounded corners of the WD. The 27 uses a larger 36" setback WD, and it is notched on the stern quarter undersides to house the tabs when withdrawn. The WD on the 27 also rides in the water, so the tabs would work. Why BW decided the 27 WD needed tabs is unknown to me. Have never been out in one.

I had always thought that if I bought a 27 WD, I'd remove it and install a free planing Armstrong instead. Trim tabs can easily be installed with an Armstrong, although I have never felt the need for them on my 25.

Tabman posted 11-21-2002 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tabman  Send Email to Tabman     

It is not a jury rigged system. We have been supplying a kit like the one pictured to Whaler for years. I went and looked at the print file this morning and fond that kit, in fact we still sell the same bask kit to Whaler for some application.

Kingfish is correct in that the hinge is horizontal and fastens to the bottom further up under the hull.

All of the parts are still manufactured. If it was a slat water boat (it looks like it from the bottom paint, check the Tabs for electrolysis (if the zincs weren’t maintained). Other than that they should work fine. If you buy the boat and have any questions about the Tabs feel free to contact me directly.

Tom McGow
Bennett Marine

OutrageMan posted 11-21-2002 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Thanks for all of the replies. This one had me confused, but now it seems to be worked out.


lhg posted 11-21-2002 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
So Brian, can we expect you back in the Whaler owner's family with a 27?
OutrageMan posted 11-21-2002 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I am seriously thinking about it. I am glad I have a 60' slip. The Bertram and the Whaler will fit in there nicely. Can probably tuck the 13 Dauntless somewhere in there too.


PS Anyone in the Long Island area willing to take a look at the 27' for me? :)

bdb posted 11-27-2002 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
If you'd have asked yer ol' man, he would have shown you a whaler cataloge picture of the drive with tabs. But nooooo

Harpoon Harry askin' "When will they learn?"

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