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Old 01-19-2009, 06:49 PM
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Default tabs for a panga

I have a 22 panga for which I would like to get trim tabs. Primarily, I am looking to improve control when people mover around the boat as well as lower initial planing speed. I think the boat is quite light for its size but I do not know the actual weight. It has a yamaha 115 on the back. I know the sizing guide says 18x9 would work well for my boat. My question is: because my boat is light, would I be able to get away with a 12x9 tab? If you don't recommend the 12x9, what other tabs would work?

I can make the 18x9 work, but I will have to move the transducer closer to the centerline than I want.

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Old 01-20-2009, 05:41 AM
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Default Re: tabs for a panga

Have you considered the M120? The batwing design will give you more lift in a smaller tab.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:31 PM
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Default Re: tabs for a panga

Louis,

Thank you for contacting us with your questions.

Well, the wider Span (side-to-side) tabs would be your best choice, but as you have stated you would have to relocate your transducer closer to the centerline of the vessel than you really want to. For this reason, captsuperfly's suggestion of installing the M120 Sport Tabs (http://www.bennetttrimtabs.com/catal...ID=78&techID=1) might be your next choice! They have a 10" Span vs. the 18" Span, so this should allow you to leave the transducer where you want it and still be able to install trim tabs on your vessel! Please check out the above link we have provided to our web page on the M80 & M120 Sport Tabs, so you can see what we are talking about.

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Old 02-03-2009, 04:15 PM
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I decided to buy the m120 kit. On the instructions for the eic, it says "If installing an m80 or m120 kit your actuator will have three molded rings, cut the metal rod to 6-11/16 as indicated by the score mark."

My question: I see the molded rings on the actuator. i assume that I need to disassemble the actuator and cut the metal rod that would be inside the plastic housing. I also assume that a hacksaw would be appropriate. I assume that the actuator is full of hydraulic fluid and will need to be drained? Is this correct? Is there anything I am missing? Are there any precautions etc that I should take? Obviously, I don't want to take anything apart if I don't know what to expect...

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Old 02-04-2009, 08:34 AM
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I4rosales,

Please take a look in the EIC kit box and you should find a small plastic bag that some screws, thumb nuts, a ring terminal & small white PVC clip). You will need the white PVC clip to snap onto the piston of the M120 actuator between the bottom of the 2" cylinder body and the Lower Hinge. The white PVC clip keeps the spring on the backside of the piston compressed, so that you will be able to remove the standard Upper Hinge (triangle base of actuator that mounts to transom) from the actuator and install the new EIC Upper Hinge Sensor Coil & Sensor Rod that is included in the EIC kit. Please find the Sensor Rods in the EIC kit and take a look down about 2" from the squared off ends, which you should see a small grove cut into them. This is the correct length you will need to cut your Sensor Rods down to, so you will be able to complete the installation of the EIC system on your M120 Sport Tabs. After you have cut the Sensor Rods down you will need to install them into the actuators (pointed end down, squared off end up) and screw on the new EIC Upper Hinge Sensor Coils too. With these modification completed you should be able to follow the rest of the installation instructions for the system without any issues. Please give this a try and let us know if you need anything else.

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Old 02-07-2009, 01:31 PM
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Hi Tabman,
I have taken a look in the kit. I do not see a bag with the parts that you describe. There are three different bags in the box that have wood screws, but none that have a thumb nut (same as a wing nut?), pvc clip, or ring terminal.
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:57 AM
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I4rosales,

Please contact us at the email address below and include your mailing address, so we can see about mailing the missing EIC Hardware Bag to you!

We look forward to your email.

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Old 02-26-2009, 09:39 PM
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Default hydraulic power unit

Hi MJ
I am now getting ready to install the unit. I am trying to decide where to put the hydraulic power unit. My choices are the bilge or under the center console. the advantage of the console, of course, is it will stay drier but is much further from the actuators. Is this feasible? Are there any limitations on the distance? I know I would need to buy longer tubing. Are there any specs that I would need to be aware of? the total run from the console to the actuator would probably be about 25ft.

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Old 03-10-2009, 02:25 PM
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I4rosales,

The driest location on your vessel will be the BEST choice for installing the Hydraulic Power Unit, so if the console is the driest location we need to work with on the hydraulic tubing! Please contact us at the email address below, so we can see about exchanging out the 8' rolls of hydraulic line that came in the M120 Sport Tab kit for some 25' lines to complete your installation.

We look forward to your email.

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Old 03-14-2009, 08:37 PM
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Default True Panga

The reality is the Panga design is just a light weight skiff meant for shallow water commercial fishing. Why do some glorify the simple design into something else that only looks like a panga from the water line up and below the water line do not have the true design that the true Panga is known for by the fisherman that use them.

Another false myth that the Panga is named for a machetti or knfe. The truth is the Panga is the boat used by poor fishermen who go after a shallow water mud eating fish called the Panga fish. Real panga designs can be found at Panga Craft web site. They are the traditional real deal and cheap with quality The Panga Craft boats 18 sell for less than 8k and the 30 panga Craft sells for less than $30k and that is w/ 100 Hp and a true panga only needs minimum HP

Panga Craft has a 22 true panga design for less than 20K w/ engine and trailer.

www.pangacraft.com
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:38 PM
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MJ,
I just received the new hydraulic lines, the pigtails and the wire harness...all redone so that I can install under my console. Thank you very much. I really appreciate Bennett giving such excellent customer support.

I will be installing in the next couple of weeks and will let you know how it turns out.

thanks
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:33 AM
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Louis,

You are very welcome and if you need anything else, please feel free to contact us again.

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Old 02-06-2010, 11:56 PM
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Well I didn't install the tabs as soon as I thought...better late than never I guess. I am in the process of installing now. Thank you for sending longer wiring, tubing etc so that I can mount under the console.

I have a quick question, the sensor wires that come from the actuators (one red, one green) are made up of two green and one bare wire for the starboard and two red and one bare wire for the port. (the wires do not have the plugs attached...so that I can cut to the correct legnth). I assume, but want to double check, that both wires of the same color are interchangeable (in other words, all I have to worry about is connecting the wires without having to worry about which is which.). I hope that I am being clear.

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