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Old 03-24-2003, 02:36 PM
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I am installing 280-S K-Planes on my boat . I did not buy the indicators because I don't really have the space on my dash for them. I have never had tabs on a boat but have 15 yrs experience with high performance boats.

Do I really need to spend the time/money to put indicators on it or is there a cool wiz bang setup that I could get by with???

The boat is a Baja 24 Outlaw with 600 hp.

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I never had them on my boats, To have the indicator I think is a plus but you'll get the fell of them, and know where they are, its something you can always add later, good luck
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Yup I have never had them on my boat also. Just kind of get the feel of them after a while. I am however putting them on now so that my girlfriend can learn faster.

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I just put indicators on my boat ran all lost year without them, no drive indicator either, no big deal you figure out where everything is y playing a bit. It got tough sometimes in really rough stuff though, I put the indicators on for that resason.
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Old 03-24-2003, 05:29 PM
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It is critical to know where your tabs are at all times. YOU NEED INDICATORS!!!!!

On some of the new race boats I've noticed that the trim indicators are nothing more than rods sticking up out of the dash. Like a tire pressure gauge. This would take up no room on your dash at all.
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Now that's something worth checking into!!!

Anybody else have any ideas?????

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There was a video on the APBA site that showed JT in the Bacardi boat. Directly infront of him was 4 rods that came straight up out of the top of the dash directly in his line of site. You could see them move occasionally, so it was obvious that these were the trim indicators.

Just put the ends of the rods through some holes!
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Personally, on a 24 outlaw, you can just feel it out.
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32 foot Wellcraft for >5years with no tabs...No probs. You get a "feel" for your boat. It'll tell you when it's right. The engines get 'that satisfied sound'.

On the other hand, my present 36' Formula Kaama has 'em and they're a pain in the ass. One of 'em is presently screwed up and is gonna' cost me a haul-out.

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You gotta have them if you are going to run hard in rough stuff, plus why stress the pump's by not knowing if your all the way up or down and still pushing the button. They sell all kinds shape's and sizes something has to fit.
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