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Lenco Electric or Bennett Bolt Tabs?

Old 09-14-2019, 11:23 AM
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Default Lenco Electric or Bennett Bolt Tabs?

I am planning to buy a set of electric trim tabs for my 26' Outer Banks. I have read the pros and cons of electric vs, hydraulic tabs and have decided that electric suits me best. That leaves a choice between Lenco and Bennett Bolt. Any input appreciated. I would include a picture of my transom but can't seem to get photos to upload. Any advice on that is also welcome. Thanks.
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:35 PM
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I installed a Lenco 3 years ago and still working good. No complains and because of our swim ladder, we went with the Lenco 4”x12” and it fits/works perfectly. Easy to install as well. Don’t think you could go wrong with either one, both brands are top notch.
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:22 PM
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I have installed Bolts on 3 boats (2 on my boats, 1 on neighbors). They have worked great and were a very easy install, One thing I liked about the Bolts was you only need the kit and to pick switch, you don't have to buy the relay module like you do on the Lenco's, Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2019, 10:01 PM
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Lenco gives you a 5 year guarantee on any actuator. Bennett gives a lifetime guarantee on any actuator. I have no experience with Lenco and only limited experience with Bennett.
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Old 09-14-2019, 10:21 PM
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Am I hearing 6 of one half a dozen of the other?
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Old 09-14-2019, 10:24 PM
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Another vote for bolts. Last two boats I put them on and they have been flawless.
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Old 09-14-2019, 10:30 PM
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Am I hearing 6 of one half a dozen of the other?
Really? Sounds like Bennett hands-down winner. I think Lenco does have a very short one if needed.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:14 PM
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Another vote for Bennett bolt tabs. Life time warranty and nothing else to add but switch. Plus auto control switch is a lot cheaper than lenco. Call Bennett if you have any questions. I called to talked to them about which 9x12 version to use and they said if I bought the kit and needed the other style tab they would exchange the tabs and actuators for free.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:05 AM
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I put the Bolts on my 20' Mako and they respond immediately. The hydraulic Bennetts on my 26' Anacapri respond slowly, but more accurately. Happy with both.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:18 AM
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Bennett are the only brand for me, best service I ever experienced in the boat business
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:40 AM
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I’m gonna throw you a curveball. I went with Lectrotab on my new install. Sportsman rigs with them. I went with them because the actuators are a little more slender and it worked better on the swim ladder side. There is no brain/control box like the last set of Bolts that I installed, it is all through the switch. The Lectrotabs come wired with a single cable that wires right to the switch. No connections in the bilge. They offer custom size tabs. Lifetime warranty. I spoke with Dan and emailed him several times and he was gracious and very helpful. Check them out.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:01 AM
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Because I had to have them right then I used Lenco. Was the only one West Marine had on the shelf. No problems in two years. Nothing but positives. Probably the best thing I have installed on my boat besides gps trolling motor. One thing, I wish I would have got the switch with position indicator. Not knowing their position throws me off sometimes. I either have to judge by the little rooter tail that shoots up when they're down or just reset.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:57 AM
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I have Lenco tabs on our new boat. Only one season and ~50 hours, but so far they are trouble free. I did get the indicator lights on the switch. While someone that has lots of experience with tabs might not need it, I find it very useful.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:16 AM
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Zipwake | Dynamic Trim-Control System

Easy to install and work so much better than traditional tabs. Went from Mercury 280S K Planes to Zipwake 450’s and they are much better, not only the way they perform but also how nice they are to operate.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:09 AM
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Zipwake | Dynamic Trim-Control System

Easy to install and work so much better than traditional tabs. Went from Mercury 280S K Planes to Zipwake 450’s and they are much better, not only the way they perform but also how nice they are to operate.
Beat me to it PAS. Definitely worth investigating before limiting choice to Lenco or Bennett.
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Old 09-15-2019, 11:54 AM
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This is all good info. The zipwake tabs look really interesting. From what I can tell there are 3 basic ways you can control trim tabs. A simple rocker switch with no position indicator, a rocker with leds to display the tab position and the high tech automatic control. For my purposes the middle one seems best. Looking at the Zipwake site it looks like they only have the hightech system with perhaps a manual override. It they had a simpler option I would give them some serious thought. Otherwise it looks like I will probably go with Bennett. The Lectrotabs look good but not as easily sourced.
For some reason I can’t seem to post pictures. I would love some more guidance on sizing which would probably require some pics for you guys to look at. Thanks for the help so far.
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I've had nothing but good experiences with both Bennett and Lenco. If I had to choose one over the other, I'd go with Bennett everytime.
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Old 09-16-2019, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by kennneee View Post
This is all good info. The zipwake tabs look really interesting. From what I can tell there are 3 basic ways you can control trim tabs. A simple rocker switch with no position indicator, a rocker with leds to display the tab position and the high tech automatic control. For my purposes the middle one seems best. Looking at the Zipwake site it looks like they only have the hightech system with perhaps a manual override. It they had a simpler option I would give them some serious thought. Otherwise it looks like I will probably go with Bennett. The Lectrotabs look good but not as easily sourced.
For some reason I can’t seem to post pictures. I would love some more guidance on sizing which would probably require some pics for you guys to look at. Thanks for the help so far.
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The Zipwake doesn't have a rocker switch option because it is more advanced than the other two systems. You can program it to deploy the interceptors from 0-100% at each speed. So for example on my boat they automatically deploy 100% from 10 mph to 18 mph to aid in planing, I don't need it but it helps. I never pressed the button on the old tabs every time I planed out nice I would have needed an extra hand, but since this does it on its own why not. The controller has a GPS and a roll sensor that allows it to automatically keep the boat level as wind or loads or sea state changes. Also when you turn the boat the system adjusts the angle of the boat so that passengers do not feel any sideways G forces, kind of like an airplane. You can also put in in manual mode and adjust them by single percentage points. When it is mostly calm out but you have a little cross wind making the boat lean a few degrees. Turn the knob and put the interceptor down 2 or 3% . It wasn't expensive and it was easy to install. You can manually adjust both pitch and roll.
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Pas- I looked at the pricing and the Zipwake twice the cost as compared to a a standard trim tab but I do like the concept. I need to replace the tabs on the Rybrunner and this may be the way to go. How much better are these compared to the conventional tabs and why did you do the upgrade?
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:50 PM
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OneMoreDay I am always looking for ways to improve my boats performance. I had originally wanted a set of Humphree interceptors and a Swedish boatbuilder friend of mine told me Zipwake was the way to go for my boat. He was right. I had Mercury 280S K Planes on the boat, the 450 interceptors control the boat even better and don't add all the drag. For example at Wahoo trolling speeds I am getting around 2.5 MPG Vs. 1.5 MPG with the conventional tabs.

I had thought that they might also improve my MPG at speeds and they help a little bit up to about 30 mph beyond that better with them up, but when I do need them at speed they don't affect the MPG as much as the K-planes did. They are also programmable to be deployed as much as you prefer at each speed, so they can help the boat without you having to do anything. Operating them at speed is also much easier, a quick turn of the knob or wheel and they react nearly instantaneously, you don't have to sit there with your hand on the buttons. Also very very easy to fine tune the running attitude. And it may be placebo but I feel like the boat rides better now in rough seas than it did before. Boat is fully planed out at 12 MPH.

I saved 70 lbs of weight at the stern, eliminated, two trim pumps, hoses and cables for position indicators. Now instead a red piece of plastic between two numbers I have a very precise 0-100% for each interceptor. They are all composite so nothing to corrode.

I like the way they work so much I hope they come out with a control system for the outdrives. Very happy overall, for the difference in cost you really do get a lot of value for your money. And for boats that don't plane out well or ride bow high, they would probably pay for themselves in fuel savings.
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