Bigger Tabs/drop fins/custom on 44 Sedan Bridge

Discussion in 'Bennett Trim Tabs Vendor Forum' started by Ray K, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    I can only speak from personal experience (and mine are probably heavier than yours as the enlarged tab is welded to the bottom of the existing tab), but I've had no issues in the 12 months I've installed my larger tabs. If anything, I'd probably change out the lower hinge/stainless steel pins so you have fresh mounting hardware.

    ..........and don't forget to post pics.
  2. Ray K

    Ray K Member

    Jul 1, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    2007 Sea Ray 44 Sedan Bridge
    Juggernaut, I've already ordered new lower hinges with the stainless pins and thanks for the feedback. I will definitely post pics and detailed stats on performance. I find too many threads die after something is implemented and one never knows the end result. I'm not relaunching the boat until mid April so it will be a while for the in water test though. It's 2deg C here today so I'm not sure when I'll even get them installed again. Getting very anxious though.

    I have a question on a post I believe you made once regarding having them auto retract at lower speeds. How did you accomplish this as I've only seen the auto retractor connected to an ignition sense wire to retract when the engines are off.
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Ray, my new tab additions were bolted directly onto the existing tabs. I don't know the measurements or the weight, but the weight of the new tabs was added to the weight of the existing tabs.

    In 8 years of operating them I have had zero issues with them. But then, I don't use my tabs much. When I do use them, it's more often balancing the boat left to right to compensate for uneven loads (fuel and water) than bringing the bow down.
  4. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    ...sorry to hear about the weather.....we've got 30's C here in Perth WA at the moment.

    I installed the Mente Marine ACS which auto retracts when not on the plane. So at no wake speeds the tabs are fully retracted (and of course when backing into your slip). Whilst the MM ACS does have an optional ignition sense wire it's not needed for this functionality as it uses GPS to determine speed.
  5. hottoddie

    hottoddie Active Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    454 Crusaders
    Mine are 30 X 15 with drop fins and have no issue retracting them for the last 7 seasons with a single cylinder.

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