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In Reply to: Trim Tabs posted by bstotz on May 01, 2001 at 17:43:39:
Years ago our family had a 20ft. deep V cabin cruiser w/ hydraulic-electric trim tabs--worked well to get the old deep girl up on a plane. Definate maintaince situation after a time, leaks... The Lenco product should fuction longer over a period of time given the simpler system.
Trim Tabs still don't seem to cure a running fault w/ short LOA deep V hulls (17 to 24 degrees deadrise at the transom) namely the ability to cruise at 12 to 18 knots--the speed that allows the skipper to keep an eye on the boat as well as the water ahead and still be planing---in a relaxed manner. Without the tabs, at this speed and this type of hull, the bow is in a nose up attitude that forces the helmsperson to stand to operate the boat. Add trim tabs and one can bring the bow down but at the expense of burning more fuel, creating a noisy bow wave and sloppy steering. A hull that would give a soft 'level' ride... How about John Atkin's "Ninigret"? Or maybe a mid '80's "Shamrock"? Or... Bryon's "HandyBilly"...? Or....?
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