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striper swiper posted 06-19-2004 09:00 AM ET (US)   Profile for striper swiper  
i have an 18 outrage.i would like to know how many owners of 18"s have equiped their boat with trim tabs?I saw nauticus trim tabs which are affordable ,easy to install,and act like shock absorbers.nauticus .com.Any comments,thanks,striper swiper.
Peter posted 06-19-2004 09:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Trim tabs are not necessary on the classic 18 Outrage.
acseatsri posted 06-21-2004 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri
JohnJ80 posted 06-21-2004 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Not possible to say that tabs are not required on his boat unless you know how it is loaded, how it is driven, what sea conditions it is usually in.

Trim tabs have been found to help all sorts of boats.

Striper Swiper - what is the problem that you are trying to solve?

See also:

There is a good discussion of what tabs and fins do and the problems that they address.

Now for opinions:

If it turns out you will need some help with a problem and the choice is down to the Nauticus smart tabs or trim tabs, I would go for the trim tabs. You can control them (you can't control smart tabs), they are not that much more expensive, you can control side to side list differences. They are just that much more useable. They also can be raised into a no drag configuration that the smart tabs cannot.


striper swiper posted 06-21-2004 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for striper swiper    
i only had the boat out once.Last year when i purchased it;but i have the stern seat,dual batts and a 6 gallon tempo in the stern which may be too much weight in the back especially if you add passengers.I saw a tv demo about the nauticus tabs on a tv show called" ship shape"its a boating maintenance show on the fox network.Shipshape tv .com.anyway the host installed nauticus tabs on a 82 mako walkaround 24 footer,and the boat rode straighter in the water.The tabs only cost about 175.00 at cabellas and requre only a few handtools to install...just a thought..striper.
JohnJ80 posted 06-22-2004 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I would suggest that you get some experience with the boat first. Then you might have some 'gripes' with certain aspects of its performance. You should certainly do that first before you think about adding either.

The smart tabs are expensive. The trim tabs and not that much more. Don't do either until you identify the problems you want to address first.


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