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  1. #11
    Registered khadley's Avatar
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    ed and lou where in the boat i heard they are both alright
    the boat barrel rolled it didn't stuff

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    Charter Member Charter Member rbtnt's Avatar
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    Central, Ohio USA

    thanks for the info and glad to hear they are okay.


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    The good news is everyone will be OK.

    We weren'tactually there when it happened, but we were with Ed & Lou immediately after. Lou does not have a broken back as originally thought. Lou has a fracture and compression of # vertibrae in her back - she is home already and recovering. Both are a little bruised up, but should be OK. Talked to Ed quite a bit about what happened. They were experimenting with the tunnel tab around 60-70 mph. The tunnel tab was all the way down and the boat caught a wave, turned and rolled over. Ed tried to pull out of the throttles, but it was too late. He said it rolled over so quick there was nothing he could do. Ed thinks the tab switch may have shorted or was stuck. Skinny (Hilltop marine), Mark Parker and Les Collins and the retrieval company did a great job of getting the boat right side up and towed back to Jamestown with minimal damage. We loaded the boat up on the trailer and sent it to Hilltop Marine. Interestingly, the bilge pumps were still running the next day and were able to pump the boat out once it was right side up.

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    Donzi33ZX Gold Member BryanTuvell's Avatar
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    Glad they are fine.

    What is a tunnel tab?

    2008 F350 SWD 4x4 6.3 PSD + Donzi 33ZX
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    Lake St Clair, Michigan
    I'm glad to hear everyone is alright and home safe.

    I have an advantage, no tabs, everyone thinks every v should have them. In 3 seasons I've never felt I needed tabs. It's just a different bottom design, and it doesnt need tabs for some reason, dont ask me why, it's just how it is. I've been in and driven tons of offshores, and always use the tabs. I cant really explain, but when they put tabs on them it just slows them down and doesnt do anything for the ride. I've talked to the factory about it plenty, the people that insist on having them find they dont use them. Figure that one out, cuz they are absolutely nessescary on most conventional V's??

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    Registered 26scarab's Avatar
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    st. clair shores mi ,us
    I'm surprised that the tunnel tab has any effect at 60-70mph, I didn't think a big cat starts packing air until higher speeds. I'm not a cat guy , just curious.

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    A tunnel tab can have an effect at "lower" speeds, especially if it's down & catches a large "gulp" of water through the tunnel. This could feasibly cause a stern lift and a bow steer situation. All IMHO of course.

    I remember T2X making a comment (on OSO) about tunnel tabs potentially causing something like that: depending on conditions.

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    I found T2X's comment in response to this question:
    "Then could a tunnel tab have the same "trip" effect?"

    "Yup....gotta really know your stuff before you mess with a tunnel tab."

  9. #19
    Uncle Toys
    I saw Bob Leach's race boat at the factory (Eliminator) and spent some time checking out his tunnel tab. Looks like a big solid swim platform with hydraulics; maybe 3í wide. Bob told me it works like regular tabs, except at speed its deflecting mainly air, so doesnít scrub nearly as much speed. I believe it was last fall; he was leading a race when the tunnel tab stuck in the down position in a turn. He was able to finish the race, but it slowed him down considerably and he fell out of first place. The only way I could think that a tunnel tab would make you roll would be if one of the hydraulic pumps malfunctioned and the thing went cockeyed. But hell, Iím guessing there are two hydraulic pumps.

    Hey Jerry May. I know your lurking out there. This would be a good time to jump in, introduce yourself, and offer an opinion.

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    Charter Member #795 Charter Member
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    Hebron, KY
    I saw this boat a couple times Saturday, Glad to hear all are OK and damage to boaters and boat was minimal. Also nice to hear Skinny and others helped out - that's what boating is all about.

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