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Old 03-02-2003, 05:14 PM
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I just placed an order for a Seaswirl 1851 dual console with a 225hp Volvo/Penta sterndrive. One of the handful of factory options they offer are Bennett trim tabs. I initially added them to the order, but now I'm having second thoughts. Wonder what you guys think. Seems like I could always add them later if the ride or handling looks like it could benefit, but at first there's something to be said for keeing things as simple as possible. On the other hand, I sense there's a school of thought that believes that trim tabs benefit almost every boat and are pretty much a no-brainer.
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Old 03-02-2003, 05:51 PM
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No brainer. Get the tabs. If you run in any kind of rough water you will benefit greatly and you will be glad you have them. Just having people move around in your boat will make you glad you have them.
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Old 03-02-2003, 06:05 PM
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I agree. Get the tabs. My previous boat did not have them; I figured I could add them later. Never did, even though I realized the boat could have benefitted from tabs. My current boat was ordered with tabs, and I'm glad. You can get on plane quicker, adjust uneven loads, and adjust for the best ride in rougher waters. Indicaters on the switch are a nice plus too.


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Old 03-02-2003, 06:21 PM
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Since they are a factory option, the installation will be covered under warranty. If you add them later, you have to cover labor and any weepage damage that might occur.

Even if you don't need them to keep the bow down, they are definitely great to offset wind loading, weight shift (cooler full of fish on one side, etc), and I like to use mine for drift fishing! I simply drop them all the way down and they slow my drift nicely and keep my stern to the wind!

I haven't had a lick of problems with the hardware, but you will be fully covered with a factory install.

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Old 03-02-2003, 06:59 PM
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I have the lenco's on my SeaChaser 220 BayRunner and I may go out 5 or 6 times and not need them. The last time I went out the weather turned ugly 5-7 foot seas and choppy as hell. I did manage around 19 Knots feathering the throttle. I couldn't have done that without the Tabs.

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Old 03-03-2003, 10:56 AM
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You absolutely will not regret geting them and make sure they are of adequate size. My 23 has 12x8 tabs and I often wish they we're bigger.
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Old 03-03-2003, 10:59 AM
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Have you heard this before ..get the tabs..I have lencos on my Cobia and love them..WHen it gets nasty they really help..
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Old 03-03-2003, 11:02 AM
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Has anyone used the troll'n tabs?
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Old 03-03-2003, 11:11 AM
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Is 225hp a lot of power for a 19 footer? I've never seen that much. Most 19s I've seen ranged between 115 and 150. Wow!

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Old 03-03-2003, 11:55 AM
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If you have never owned a boat with trim tabs, you probably would never miss them on your new boat. Once you have had trim tabs then you know how much they contribute to your boats stability and performance. I had a Pursuit 1950 w/130 Yamaha. The only thing I wish this boat had when I owned it was trim tabs! I also think tabs are more noticeable on a smaller boat when boat is "heavy". Get the tabs!! Nowadays, even flats boats come with trim tabs.It's almost hard to believe that some new boats don't come with them.
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Old 03-03-2003, 12:01 PM
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In 1995 my wife and I purchased a 23' CC Maxum without Trim Tabs, ---BIG MISTAKE! On a windy day in the Hudson River it was hard to control the boat. Had we kept the boat, we would have had a set installed. Don't be "cheap"! ---GET THE TABS! When we purchased the 23' Maxum, a friend of ours suggested that we should consider the 24' Maxum cruiser. This boat came with a complete head, trim tabs and a full cabin, (for a few extra dollars). Another BIG MISTAKE!!!!Four years later we purchased a 1999 27' Doral cruiser, because we wanted the creature comforts. In the long run, "cheap" is always more expensive! -----Greg
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Old 03-03-2003, 12:55 PM
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Get the tabs. You will use them more then you think.
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Old 03-03-2003, 04:59 PM
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By all means...get the tabs. There is NO downside to trim tabs because you can simply raise them if you don't want to use them.

I owned one boat without tabs and my next boat had them. I didn't realize what I was missing until I had them.

I would never own a boat without them. If you can go a little bigger than the standard 9" x 12" I would do it. Even if you have to pay a few bucks. In this case, bigger IS better. According to Bennett (great company by the way) you should have 1" width of tab (on a 9" deep tab) for every foot of length of your boat. That means you should get a 24" tab. If you don't need it you simply raise it up, but if you need it to get the bow down in a 2' chop you will be so glad you have it.

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Get em.
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Old 03-03-2003, 05:08 PM
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Has anyone owned or been on a boat with and without the tabs- I have- you dont need them. boat is to small yes a 22 and above would benifit but a 17-20 ft is just a waste. Its your boat outfit it the way you want. Ask the dealer he has been on both kinds of boats- see what he thinks- he will be the best source od info on this matter- Good luck with your new boat and enjoy!!
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Old 03-04-2003, 03:21 AM
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Russ H, there is a downside to tabs....remembering to raise them at the marina before the forklift takes my 23' Parker CC out of the water. This is possibly the only "downside" to tabs that I can think of!

As far as the other post stating 'tabs on a small boat not needed', I disagree. Usually smaller boats have a tendency to "dolphin", where the bow bounces up and down on plane.You will see boat owners add "fins" to their outboards to try to stop this. With tabs it is easily stopped. While it may be true that in some conditions tabs may not be needed, but there will always come a time when you will be thankful you have them.
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Old 03-04-2003, 05:17 AM
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They will enhance the performance of your boat if you will play with them to get the optimum ride for water conditions.

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Old 03-04-2003, 12:22 PM
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Get 'em!!!!!

When I bought my 20' CC, it wasn't equipped w/ trim tabs. I later put a used set of Bennett 12x9 tabs on and they made my rig ride like a completely different (and better ) boat!!!

You will not regret having them.

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