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Ed Stone posted 11-16-2000 09:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ed Stone   Send Email to Ed Stone  
This is the first time I've ever used trim
tabs and I do feel the effect they have on
the boat.There are no gauges for my trim tabs
and how would I know how far to adjust them?
How should I know when they are back to the
standard setting.
With the trim on the motors I can look at
motors or the gauges to see where the trim
is at.
Ed Stone
Backlash posted 11-17-2000 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

Unfortunately, most trim tabs do not come with gauges or indicators. Bennett offers separate indicator gauges for your tabs, but installation requires that you remove the actuators at the transom as well as the hydraulic lines. I ordered a pair a few years ago and promptly returned them after finding out what was involved in the installation.

I operate mine without any indicators. It just takes some getting used to. To return the tabs all the way up, just hold down both lower rockers for 5 seconds or so. The more you use them the more comfortable you'll begin to feel. When running into a chop, I'll lower the bow (actually it's raising the transom)to a count of 2 or 3 or until the boat stops pounding. Try leaving the tabs down slightly before taking off and notice how little the bow rises getting onto plane.
Just keep playing with them and in no time you'll wonder how you ever got along without them! Good luck.


Backlash posted 11-17-2000 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash
jimh posted 11-17-2000 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Steve (BACKLASH) knows what he's talking about. Here's a shot of him underway and the boat perfectly trimmed:


Ed Stone posted 11-18-2000 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Steve,
Thanks for the Info.It looks like gauges are
out of the question for you said a
little time behind the wheel would help.

The picture of your boat that Jimh sent
tells the story.Backlash is right up on top.
I noticed two antennas up on top.Is that
VHF and Stereo?If so,why not use a splitter?

Backlash posted 11-25-2000 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
Hi Ed,

Those are both VHF antennas. The starboard runs directly to my VHF radio and the port goes thru a splitter for the stereo and is a back up for the starboard antenna. I have broken so many antennas that I feel more comfortable with two on the boat, also I think two antennas look better on the arch.


Ed Stone posted 11-26-2000 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey Steve,
Good idea.I like the idea of balancing out
the look of the arch and a back-up antenna.
Did you break the antennas on bridges?
I am going to mount both of my antennas on
rachet mounts.I am also going to mount my
gps antenna on a rachet mount.There are a
lot of low trees in my neighborhood.I plan on
thru bolting all of them to the T-top versus
Ed Stone

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