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Old 04-04-2021, 11:13 PM
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I've only ever used trim tabs to fix listing so they don't get touched until on plan. While discussing issues with my boat not planning fast enough, he suggested that I evenly trim my tabs down before acceleration to plane faster.
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THe one time I had my trim incorrectly trimmed I almost rolled the boat over so I'm dismissing his suggestion for now. Curious if what's been suggested a good idea?
Old 04-04-2021, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by dannieboiz View Post
I've only ever used trim tabs to fix listing so they don't get touched until on plan. While discussing issues with my boat not planning fast enough, he suggested that I evenly trim my tabs down before acceleration to plane faster.
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THe one time I had my trim incorrectly trimmed I almost rolled the boat over so I'm dismissing his suggestion for now. Curious if what's been suggested a good idea?
I have a stern heavy 27' Trophy and do that all the time. When you almost rolled you may have been traveling cross tide. That happened to me a few times but mostly in rough water.
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Old 04-05-2021, 02:11 AM
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in my Parker engines are tucked in and trim tabs 1/3-1/2 down every time I take off.
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Originally Posted by dannieboiz View Post
I've only ever used trim tabs to fix listing so they don't get touched until on plan. While discussing issues with my boat not planning fast enough, he suggested that I evenly trim my tabs down before acceleration to plane faster.
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THe one time I had my trim incorrectly trimmed I almost rolled the boat over so I'm dismissing his suggestion for now. Curious if what's been suggested a good idea?
Outboard, I/O or shaft drive? If either outboard or I/0 the engine trim should be all that you need to get quickly on the plane unless you're underpowered. I've never needed the extra lift of the tabs to get on the plane even with a full load on the boat and that was with the boat's lowest recommended power.
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I don't have a gauge, but I always add a touch of tab before I throttle up. It gets the boat on plane faster and reduces nose rise. Once I'm running, I adjust them to suit the ride.
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I always put the tabs down before getting on plane why make the engine work harder than needed also keeps the bow down. Raise them all the way up and lower them together count as you do it and figure a good count. Once on plane take the tabs out to where you like them.
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Outboard. I drop the tabs quite a bit before accelerating to help pop up on plane faster. Less time with the bow up in the air obstructing my view of the water in front of me. Generally I'm pulling the tabs back up a bit when the boat gets on plane to minimize any unnecessary drag or bow steer.
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Originally Posted by dannieboiz View Post
he suggested that I evenly trim my tabs down before acceleration to plane faster.
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Lenco seems to think so

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Old 04-05-2021, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dannieboiz View Post
I've only ever used trim tabs to fix listing so they don't get touched until on plan. While discussing issues with my boat not planning fast enough, he suggested that I evenly trim my tabs down before acceleration to plane faster.
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THe one time I had my trim incorrectly trimmed I almost rolled the boat over so I'm dismissing his suggestion for now. Curious if what's been suggested a good idea?
You don't have tab indicators to know if they're both down about even?
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Originally Posted by Fwpratt View Post
In theory, that’s an awesome idea. Most don’t have three hands. So, I wouldn’t suggest that. Full tab down is a recipe for disaster, in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by Bfish View Post
You don't have tab indicators to know if they're both down about even?
a little cheaper not to have the indicators. I did have them but you should be able to feel exactly what is going on with the tabs and the boat and know how to correct it with the tabs.
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V-hull problems...
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Old 04-05-2021, 04:51 AM
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A healthy dose of tabs helps a deep V jump up faster.
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Full down for getting on plane as well as engine tucked completely under. Adjust as needed after hull planes out
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When I had Lenco auto-tabs, they would drop them automatically when coming up on plane. Awesome feature in my opinion.
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my boat runs best/most efficiently w/ half tabs and motor trimmed 30% up. Find out where your boat runs best, maybe its w/ full tabs, maybe not.
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Mine are set to zero trim till 9mph, then full trim to 22mph, then trim as needed. I have the sensitivity set to 2. So little assistance. I don’t want it to go heavy too quickly.
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Originally Posted by vandlor View Post
In theory, that’s an awesome idea. Most don’t have three hands. So, I wouldn’t suggest that. Full tab down is a recipe for disaster, in my opinion.
That is for shallow water, jumping up on plane on the flats
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Tabs are always down when I take off.

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