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Old 11-21-2010, 06:11 PM
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Default Just bought 9x18 Bennett Tabs

I just read through the installation instructions and read through some threads as well.
It seems as though I will need to shim the backing plates using some plastic board. Read your idea of taping sand paper to the transom to get the shape.

So far just one question. Is the thickness of my Boston Whaler transom going to be a problem?

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Old 11-21-2010, 06:26 PM
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Sylvan,

Thanks for purchasing Bennett Trim Tabs. Glad you like the sandpaper idea, it works well.

The only issue with the thickness of your transom may be the length of the 3" pipe nipples that deliver the fluid to the actuators. We do have longer ones or we could use what we call pre-connects to pass just the tubing through the transom.

Here is how the pre-connected fittings work:




Do you know how thick the transom is?

Also I see that you are located in BC, so if we decide to use one of these options I will need to get in touch with our Canadian representative to arrange the best way to get them to you.

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Thanks, I'll get back to you with the width.
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Hi Tom,

I taped sand paper to the transom and did a practice run with some pink, high density foam used for insulating. It was a bit awkward because the sand paper did not want to stick with the duct tape. I think that the plastic board might be too hard to sand to shape. Have you heard of people using a fiberglass filler to shim backing plates? 3M has an above and below the water line filler. Plus, I would like to get the pre connected fittings you mentioned. I deal with the Harbour Chandler here in town and they are a Bennett retailer.
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Hi Tom,

I taped sand paper to the transom and did a practice run with some pink, high density foam used for insulating. It was a bit awkward because the sand paper did not want to stick with the duct tape. I think that the plastic board might be too hard to sand to shape. Have you heard of people using a fiberglass filler to shim backing plates? 3M has an above and below the water line filler. Plus, I would like to get the pre connected fittings you mentioned. I deal with the Harbour Chandler here in town and they are a Bennett retailer.

Sylvan,

I checked and we can mail them directly to you. Send your name and address to M.J Thomas at our factory mjthomas@bennetttrimtabs.com and tell him that Tabman said to mail you two pre-connect fittings, no charge. He will send them right out.

As I have mentioned in other posts, people have had good results using nylon material like "starboard", using a sander to get the basic shape and finishing off with the taped on sand paper method.

I think if you got the basic shape and the gaps were not to large using a filler as you describe would be fine and a little easier.

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Thank you. I sent the email.
Great service.
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Hi Tom,

The trim tab project is going really well. The tabs are on and I have decided on a location for the pump. I was hoping I could have 40' of the bennett 1|4" hose sent to me.
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James
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James,

Quick question, the kit comes with 20 feet of tubing. Do you need another 20 feet, two 20 foot pieces or one 40 foot piece?

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I was thinking 40'. Considering I need to keep them the same length Now I'm second guessing my estimate. I will measure the the long side again and get back to you.

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Tom, another 20' will be good. I will PM you my address.

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I just sent you a PM!
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Hi again Tom,
My tabs are installed and working well except for a leak between the nipple and the triangle actuator mount. I suspect I over tightened it. Can you give me suggestions to repair or do I need to buy the Actuator Upper Hinge
and replace it?
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James,

If it was overtightened it is best to replace the Upper Hinge. Contact M.J. Thomas again and tell him I said to send you a replacement Upper Hinge at no cost.

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Thanks Tom, Since this is my screw up I have ordered the part locally and will pay for it. This service you provide has saved me hundreds of dollars already.

Take care,
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Thanks James! We would have been happy to send it, but I'm not going the argue

Let me know how you like them when you get out on the water.

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Hey Tom,

I have been out a few times this season in all weather and I got out offshore last weekend. The tabs work great and after a short learning curve I can say that they have really improved the big water handling of the boat and cured my listing problem from the kicker.

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