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alanfujii posted 11-03-2001 03:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for alanfujii   Send Email to alanfujii  
I have a Boston Whaler Conquest 26 and I am thinking of installing Lenco Trollin tabs. My main goal is to be able to troll and maneuver the boat when looking for a good spot around the kelp patties. Iíve looked at the various trolling motor companies for possible solutions. I even wrote the Minn Kota engineers and the only thing they could offer was the engine mounted version but at 54lbs thrust each they admitted would be inadequate for a boat my size. A small kicker outboard would be hard to mount and steering would seem to be a problem with the outboard mounted so much to one side plus the reach. Plus I would imagine it would look down right ugly. So whatís the problem right? Well in order to install the Lenco Trollin tabs I have to remove my Bennett tabs since the Lenco motors are mounted on their own tabs. Everyone talks so highly of the Bennetts that Iím wondering if Iím adding a nice feature (trolling ability) but losing something that is an absolute necessity (Trim tabs). Actually Iím not totally losing trim tab function but I have read the various comments on mechanical vs hydraulic and the one comment that makes sense is that if the hydraulic fails the tabs just retract where the mechanical tabs may be stuck in a down position. Could be a major problem in following seas. So what Iím asking is in this situation (not Bennett vs Lenco) are the Lencoís at least a decent trim tab or am I opening up a can of worms here? Plus if anyone has a better solution Iím all ears.'ntabs.html

kingfish posted 11-03-2001 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

There are those, with all due respect to the Bennett rep who occasions this site, that believe Lencos are at least the technical equal of Bennetts, and from some perspectives, superior. I'm one of them renegades, and I have Lenco 12x12E's on both an Outrage 22 and a Parker 2520 MV. I prefer the ease of installation, the lack of a hydraulic system with which to contend, the lack of a hydraulic pump taking up valuable space, and the snappy response of the Lenco's. I suppose Lenco's have failed some where just as Bennetts have, but I've never heard of an instance.

If a concern about the mechanical equivelence of Lencos to Bennetts is the only thing in the way of solving your trolling problem, I'm here to tell you that you no longer have any thing in your way.


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