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Old 07-25-2013, 03:52 PM
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Default Trim Tabs on a Boston Whaler 13 footer?

Is this overkill or beneficial in certain situations?
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Having had a 13' Whaler for a long time (actually more than one), I don't see how it could possibly be beneficial Those things plane easily and run super flat.
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Power trim on the engine first.
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A 13 Whaler does not need trim tabs unless you are doing something wrong to start with.
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A 17 Montauk? Yeah. A 13? Nope...
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Thanks to all for you feedback!
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A bow hydrafoil maybe.
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Is this overkill or beneficial in certain situations?
I have had a couple of 13' whalers. Can't think of one time I would have needed or wanted tabs..
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Tabs are nice to have but not necessary for anything 21' or under. No real benefit to put them on anything under 18'.
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I had smart tabs on mine, they were great.
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Tabs are nice to have but not necessary for anything 21' or under. No real benefit to put them on anything under 18'.
Got to disagree with that. I had them on a 16ft boat (90hp) and they made a world of difference - like the man from Bennetts said when I bought them, "the smaller the boat the geater the benefit when you think about it" - in my 16ft boat I really noticed the list if I had two crew members on one side and me on the other - the tabs could dial out the list and also any list caused by a side wind, which again with a small boat was significant.

On a 21ft boat one extra person on one side is barely noticeable.

Not saying they're need or not on a 13ft Whaler though - I've never been on one, but they do look like they run pretty flat.
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Thanks again for all the input!

This boat is going to replace a 10 Dinghy I used for years. It obviously does hot need tables but I did put a doelfin (sp) on it for more lift. I actually used it as a second boat and rigged it with bass seats for fishing. It is OK for staying a mile or so out but it has its limits.

I must say I love the fuel economy of that 15 HP Merc. I have heard that the new 4 stroke 40s get similar fuel economy. It will be nice to get out into more of the lake for fishing and just cruising. The big boat is great for cruising but not so great with $5/gallon gas these days. Just getting the big boat up on plane and cruising for a few minutes is likely more gas that the BW will burn in a week of use. I does make a nice cottage though.

I want to plan on rigging the whaler correctly as we hade a lot of boats and they all had trim tabs....in the 21 to 32 ft range. They all needed tabs.
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All the time I hear everyone with two boats the use the smaller much more.
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All the time I hear everyone with two boats the use the smaller much more.
So true. Friend had a 35?-ish CABO and a 17' Whaler....always out on the Whaler.

FWIW, using the tilt/trim on my 13' Whaler makes a world of difference......save your &$$ for gas.
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A 13' Whaler with 15 hp O/B can certainly benefit from use of tabs . In forward at least. ( backing they would not be beneficial unless they had aft edge angled up so they don't shovel. But I'd expect angled aft edge could also induce drag in forward from reduced water pressure there.)
But they don't need to be adjustable, not even "smart" types which self-adjust to some degree in the wrong direction under positive or negative water pressure.

You could make your own fixed tabs (on even plane or just slightly less with hull running surface?) to greatly help planing off in that otherwise underpowered boat.

Over the years, I've spent a lot of time in 13' whalers powered by 15hp O/B with one or 2 POB or bushels of oysters or scallops, thinking a set of static tabs could really help a lot. Without them, as much weight as possible must be moved forward or added towards the bow for best results.
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Bennett sizing chart begins at 15' hull:
http://www.bennetttrimtabs.com/trimtabkits.php?cID=1
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For normal use i cant think of one 13ft boat that would need or really benefit from tabs. Would be a total waste of money. And, a 16 ft with a 90 cannot be compared to a 13 ft with a 15. Way too much diference in horsepower and performance to be remotely comparable.
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Second on the smart tabs. I bought a 15 foot Sabalo skiff that ran way to bow high. Was way sketchy w/o someone on the bow. Put the Smart tabs on it and it drives like a dream. I could not believe the difference.
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I would recommend Bennett SLT6 6" x 8" Self Leveling Trim Tabs http://www.bennetttrimtabs.com/catalog.php?vID=274

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For normal use i cant think of one 13ft boat that would need or really benefit from tabs. Would be a total waste of money. And, a 16 ft with a 90 cannot be compared to a 13 ft with a 15. Way too much diference in horsepower and performance to be remotely comparable.
My response about the 16ft boat was not comparing it to the 13ft boat in question but (quite clearly by the 'quote' in my post) in response to the notion that tabs are not worth fitting on any boat smaller than 21ft.

I did also quite clearly state that I was not saying whether they were or were not a good idea on the 13ft boat as I have no experience of them apart from watching them run nice and flat.



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I would recommend Bennett SLT6 6" x 8" Self Leveling Trim Tabs http://www.bennetttrimtabs.com/catalog.php?vID=274

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