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Dauntless18 posted 04-01-2007 09:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dauntless18  
OK, I know, old topic, but now I am actually going to put them on. Going to have the marina install M-80 or M-120 Bennets. Strongly favoring the M-120, but concerned about swim-ladder placement. Anything else I should be thinking about?

Would be interested in opinions. David

sosmerc posted 04-02-2007 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
Larger is always better if you have the room. I put the M-80's on my 18 Ventura. They work fine, but I wish I had the room for the larger tabs. Also, if I had it to do over again, I would try the Lenco electric tabs. I had a hose blow off my hydraulic unit and made one heck of a mess in my boat before I realized what had happened. I selected the Bennett tabs because I had used them before in a number of applications and was familiar with them. But I wish I had given Lenco a chance this time. Lenco does make a conversion kit now, so if I do decide to make the switch, it should not be difficult.
Lars Simonsen posted 04-02-2007 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I put the m-80s on my Dauntless 18 as well. I'm very pleased with the Bennetts. However, if I had to do it over again, I would install the m-120s. The M-80s work fine, but they create more drag that the m-120s would with the same amount of lift. I don't think you'd have a problem installing the M-120s on the Dauntless, but I'm just guessing.
lakeman posted 04-03-2007 06:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I agree with Lars, the older models need the bigger tabs. Now, I looked at the tabs and if I had put the M120 on my boat they would have interfered with the way I put my transom tie down to the trailer. If I decide to try the M 120 Bennett might give me a deal on the larger size, tab, just the metal(for lack of a name), and if the holes match up it could be a go.
David1877 posted 04-03-2007 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David1877  Send Email to David1877     
If you get electric tabs, you might want to invest a little more for LED tab indicators. Might be another $100.
lurkynot posted 04-04-2007 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
2001 18 Dauntless Tabs and swim platform. Hope this helps

http://s16.photobucket.com/albums/b7/lurkynot/?action=view¤t=1175717359.pbw

Dauntless18 posted 04-05-2007 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless18    
Thanks for all the inputs. Sounds like the 120's are ideal, but the photo's imply that they could be a risky investment with the ladder. Will probably go with the 80's. Had been sold on the Lenco's, but Bennet's reputation for service (what I have seen on this site) and the fact that BW is making hydraulic the option with the boat make me go with them.

Thanks again everyone. Will let you know the results.

Cheers,
David

mfclapp posted 04-09-2007 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
You may want to consider the Lenco electric tabs.

That is what the new Whalers have as an option from the factory.

I've had both the Lenco and the Bennet and with all the problems I had with the Bennet's the new boat was ordered with the Lenco electrical option from Whaler.

So far they work like a charm and I don't have to worry about them not being environmentally friendly.

Newer thought I'd see the day that people worried about trim tabs being environmentally friendly!

Tight Lines
Milt

lakeman posted 04-12-2007 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
Just one more thought, the Lenco tabs may have a different or longer actuator and need more room(height) to mount the actuator on the transom, if I remember correctly, that is one of the reasons I used Bennett. I think Bennett's customer service is great but it would be a lot easier to install the lenco tabs.
bkloss posted 04-17-2007 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for bkloss  Send Email to bkloss     
It seems that Whaler is installing a combination of Lenco and Bennett tabs, depending upon the model. I just ordered a 21' Outrage and they come with Bennett tabs, other models come with Lenco. I clarified with Whaler on my order but I would like to know why they offer Bennett on a particular model and Lenco on another.

Brian

mfclapp posted 04-18-2007 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
One of the biggies is environmental liability.

In the new age of environmental responsibility there have already been incidences of hydraulic leakage along with fuel and other fluids that the boat owner has been held responsible for the environmental cleanup and it can be extremely expensive!

A friend at Lake Norman had a trim tab line rupture and put hydraulic fluid in the water at the dock area. You would have thought he had poured 50 gallons of gas in the lake. Anyway after putting out the absorbent floats and all the associated clean up they handed him a bill for $740.00.

Guess what type of trim tabs he now has!

Milt

bkloss posted 04-18-2007 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for bkloss  Send Email to bkloss     
Just my opinion but if Bennett had widespread or even less than widespread problems with busted or ruptured lines that caused failure of their trim tabs and and an environmental problem, I would think that their business would be in trouble and Boston Whaler wouldn't be putting them in their boats.

Since I am getting them installed from the factory I have checked with numerous parties regarding the above posts and don't find the same type of response about this problem. I hope that is isolated as I have heard a lot of good things about Bennett trim tabs.

Brian

Dauntless18 posted 04-23-2007 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless18    
As an update, I purchased the Bennett M80 trimtabs, which came with a limited-time upgrade for the LED indicators. My marina will be installing in a couple of weeks.

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