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Tabs down or drives in???

Old 12-10-2002, 06:30 PM
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Some great info here.

What would you do???

Running in moderate seas and need to tuck in a LITTLE drop drives slightly or tabs slightly? Assuming you dont need to do both.
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Old 12-10-2002, 06:32 PM
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I think Ron has a good 45 my 28' is just loping around and the hull isn't getting on top of much if it's choppy, however, as I approach 53-55mph, there is a whole different feel to it and it rides much better. You really need to start paying closer attention to things as you reach that speed and higher.
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Old 12-10-2002, 06:46 PM
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Buy a big boat, trim the drives to just before blowout, AND LET HER BUCK, Between 80-90 they seem to fly real level! Tabs, I didn't even know I had tabs. Midnight
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Old 12-10-2002, 10:07 PM
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Always leave the tabs level with the bottom and use the drives to change your trim angle. Tabs are used when the drive movement is not enough.

When I raced, the throttles never came off the stops (unless we were in flight) regardless of conditions. The difference in speed was in the trim settings. Granted we had a canopy and five point harnesses, but you get the point. Our best trick for trimming the boat was the bow ballast tank that would hold 40 gallons of water. We also had electric pumps to move the fuel from the back tank to the front tank to change the center of gravity. We also could choose which tank we suck gas from. Mr Technology, had all the toys.
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Old 12-10-2002, 11:13 PM
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Doesnt keeping your tabs level require you to use more drive trim? By using the tabs to extend the running surface further back, its like the oposite of having an extension box. Your bringing the end of the hull closer to the prop thereby reducing the leverage the drive has on the hull. Just thoinking out loud and the truth is likely the same as props...test cause every boats different.
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