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Old 02-03-2004, 10:56 PM
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What makes the K-plane so much better than conventional trim tabs? I have had both with plates of similar size and there is no comparison in performance.

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Old 02-04-2004, 09:26 AM
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Not much. Simply that they were one of the first. Created by the late Carl Kiekhaefer, the founder of Mercury Marine. Their advantage was/is a marketing base that already exsisted. At the OEM level, it is convenient to simply add them to their exsisting Mercury parts order. Not to mention they are a good product with a good warranty. There are many other good quality trim tabs on the market. But mostly, it has to do with marketing. Example: The old & the new Gaffrig gauge suppliers. The new Gaffrig(Livorsi Marine) is known by the general performance boating public to have good customer service/marketing. The old Gaffrig(and now the "only" Gaffrig) supplier has just as good a product, but because of better marketing, people tend to lean towards Livorsi products. Ed
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k-planes are built a little more stout than regular trim tabs. I don't think a regular trim tab would last very long if it was the same length as a 280, or 380 k-plane. I have heard of people tearing trim tabs off their boats.
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I think he's refering to bennett tabs verse performance planes. I think its strength, water pressure under a boat at speed is huge and the (k-planes are stronger, I think that tabs flex and could break when re-entering. size may be the same but planes are typically longer so not as much tab is needed to get the desire results
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maybe I should have been more specific with my question, the K-planes seem to have the ability to hold the bow down much better than the Lenco tabs I have now even though they are about the same in size.

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Here's my analogy:

K-planes versus other tabs is the same as

Cigarette to a Bayliner
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makes it real easy to get your girl back into the boat.. down tab up tab..
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