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Old 04 September 2002, 09:42   #1
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choosing for trim tabs?

I still have my 4.8 mtr. rib (mostro, see www.mostro.gr.) which suffered from chine walking. I got some good advices, and I am working on things like a fuel tank in the bottom/front, and moving the steering console and battery more to the front(thanks for that, Pete 7, scubakid, Charles and Keith! ). I lately read that trim tabs help to overcome chine walking, and give better steering performance and more stability.
Can anybody tell me if they really make a difference, and which trim tabs are the best?
As far as I know there are electric/hydraulic trim tabs, but also completely automatic ones with nitogen gas actuators, which I would prefer since there will be no cables and/or wires to maintain.
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Old 04 September 2002, 10:31   #2
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Trim tabs

Trim tabs help to balance the boat. Mainly to keep the boat level although you can use them in a bad sea to trim the boat down as well. They are great for beam seas as the boat will remain level. We use Bennett trim tabs which are hydrolic. I dont know any thing about the gas ones. In 3 years we have had very little maintenance to do on them apart from topping up the oil. Hope this is of some help.
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Old 04 September 2002, 10:36   #3
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Search the forums for trim tabs. I've read a couple of posts according to which trim tabs can improve/solve the chine walking problem.

I've decided (finally) to install trim tabs in my rib (porpoising problem). After some research i've decided to go for bennett trim tabs (www.bennetttrimtabs.com).

I spoke with them and they were amazingly helpful and extremely fast in their response. By the way they offer an automatic version as well

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Old 05 September 2002, 01:41   #4
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Gert-Jan,

Are you sure that you want to install trim tabs on a 4.8 m rib ?
As you realize they are space and power consuming. Forgeting the power (electrical) that they want, the fact that you must install all the mechanism (pump & pipes) in your back seat locker is not something that can overcome easily. Besides that, I think that you can set the trim correctly and avoid all the trouble, since the size of the boat helps.
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Old 05 September 2002, 02:38   #5
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I ordered my Bennett trim tabs from West Marine on-line. They arrived in just over 48 hours from the States and, even with freight charges, UK import duty and VAT, they were still a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than buying them in the UK.

Fitting them took a couple of gentle days and they have transformed the balance of Magellan Alpha. But that's a 4 ton 9m RIB...
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Old 05 September 2002, 15:16   #6
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Trim tabs on a big RIB are one thing, but you really shouldn't need then on a small boat.

If it's a last resort, and just to cure the chine walking, then a fixed (ie adjustable with a spanner) set would probably be just as good as a more sophisticated version for a fraction of the cost and effort.

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Old 06 September 2002, 02:24   #7
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John and everybody,

Maybe it's a stupid question, but what exactly are the "chines", (so I may understand what the chine walking is) ?
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Old 06 September 2002, 03:03   #8
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re. chine walking

Michael,

See Thread "steering problems 4.80 mtr. rib", with last reply on 06-aug-2002.

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Chines

Batfalcon, as the Chinese say, a picture is worth a thousand words. The arrows point to the CHINES on the hull.
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Charles,

Although English is not my first language, I think you're wrong.
The arrows on the picture show the strakes, and the chine is the outer edge of the hull, there where the hull meets the "standing up"side of the hull, in this case the the side with the fancy colours......
correct me if I'm wrong!!!

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