jokaboat wrote:Hi mark, will be interesting to see what effect they have on the water. Have you sorted out the starter?
I thought you stored on the trailer, have you moved or have I lost the plot
H20 wrote:I fitted some of these on good Friday. Haven't used yet as the starter motor has decided to pack up over the winter, another story.....
As I am dry stacked I bought and fitted the retractors too to ensure clearance for the forklift prongs to sit under the hull. Only issue with all this is that I found, once fitted, the smart tabs did not hang down at the specified 25 degrees. I did try test running before drilling the holes but crucially didn't have a whole load of pictures showing exactly what it should look like in profile view. They actually sit higher than the pane of the hull and therefore seem ineffective.
Having trawled google images once I got home I found that that whereas my transom angles in to the bow, the trim tabs are designed for boats where the transom angles out. I emailed nauticus for advice on Saturday and by Monday I had a response that confirmed the solution - I need to cut an insert on the plates to allow them to fall at the hinge. Whilst it does mean a bit of amending I am impressed with the speed of the response and hopefully this may help others.
I'll report back on them once I get on the water.
H20 wrote:Betty, I'll post it later. They sent photos a well as a template to get the right angle. Effectively once you have cut the inserts into the plate they will just hang down and you need to then set the right angle with the template, which once you've eliminated the factory set angle by cutting inserts is actually governed by where you attach the top brackets.
You may have already guessed this, but hope it at least makes sense!
salamis wrote:Hi Mark hope you have been able to get your starter working OK and what is the latest on the trim tabs?
I have been thinking of fitting these to my Sessa as I Know a few others that have fitted these and been very pleased with them. The only problem that makes me a bit conserned is the forklift arms wnen lifting the boat out the water and what happens to the tabs. Would they move if the arm of the forklift was under the tab or break the tab with the weight of the boat on then?
markanddawn wrote:My advice for what it is worth is to fit proper trim tabs, if your boat is of a suitable size. They make the whole boating experience more enjoyable, correcting listing to combat unequal weight distribution, helping to get on the plane etc. My boat already had Bennetts trim tabs fitted, so not sure on cost but guess around a grand but I would definitely fit them to whatever I buy in the future.
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