Smart tabs vs electric?

Discussion in 'Bennett Trim Tabs Vendor Forum' started by El Capitan, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. El Capitan

    El Capitan Active Member

    307
    Jul 9, 2014
    Chicago IL./Vero Beach, Fl
    1970 SRV 180 w 2.5L Mercruiser.
    2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
    120HP Mercruiser
    E068C1EB-0813-4C28-BCAE-224BFD35C056.jpeg 156A3514-C666-4EFB-8AD9-5457F2D645B9.jpeg BB30D5E7-8768-457F-A08C-C52D2AA514B4.jpeg I have an 18 ft classic and was going to purchase 12x9 Bolts tabs but found a product by a company called Nauticus ( I think) that has Smart Tab product that stabilizes and trims automatically.

    Any recommendations?

    My only concern is getting bow down in chop. Do these adjust to those conditions?

    Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019
  2. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    922
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Not familiar with that specific system. However, if the system would not allow for manual override, I would not consider it. Technology is great, but the captain is always the final decider.
     
  3. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
    2007 Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge
    8.1 mercruisers
    Bob is spot on, and if isn't bennett tabs or Lenco I'd stay away
     
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    If you search on this forum, you'll find that Smart Tabs has been talked about quite a bit. For what you're looking to do on a smaller boat those Smart Tabs are fantastic. It'll be like a night and day difference getting onto plane and keeping the bow from bouncing as much in a chop. I've used on my own boat and put them on countless friends/families/customer's boats. If you're handy, it's a one-hour install.
     
  5. El Capitan

    El Capitan Active Member

    307
    Jul 9, 2014
    Chicago IL./Vero Beach, Fl
    1970 SRV 180 w 2.5L Mercruiser.
    2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
    120HP Mercruiser
    UPDATE: I installed them myself, very easy. It did make a huge difference. The boat self levels according to weight distribution of where passengers sit, and trim is done automatically by the water pressure at the stern. The adjustments happen far more rapidly than I could ever do with my fingers and the auto adjustments happen more frequently as well.

    I can run at plane at 1500-1800 rpms on my 2.5L/120hp alpha where before I had to come up to 2500 and then back down to 2000-2200 rpm. I did not check WOT speed due to chop in the lake.

    I passed a boat from behind and approached his wake at an angle and I was sure that I would bury the bow a bit as I entered his wake at that angle. Did not happen. The boat stayed straight, the bow did not go down into his following wake, it didn't list from side to side, I was shocked.

    This was on 4th of July and the lake was quite crowed and the chop was diamond shaped about 2' and sometimes a bit larger. My lil gal handled it better than ever. I am happy with the product.

    Having said that, if I had a 30footer I would definitely want manual control electrics.

    Thanks
     
  6. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Good deal! You know, when it comes to 'bang for the buck' for smaller boats - these things really are quite fantastic.
     
  7. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Bennett makes a self leveling trim tab as well. I just installed them on a friends 18' Nautic Star. Amazing the difference in speed to plane and level ride.
     

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