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Old 08 September 2005, 18:56   #1
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Sand Bags? :)

If my engine is to heavy would it help to put maybe sand bags or something similar up in the bow to level it off during heavy seas and such?
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Old 08 September 2005, 19:06   #2
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I would rather put Smart tabs on the boat, should put you quicker up on plan could even increase your speed by couple of miles

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ugh...im not a big fan of trim tabs...lol will something heavy in the bow even help?


Any other solutions other than installing something like tabs?
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With full respect carrying sand bags is not an ideal and suitable cargo on RIBīs so honestly we have solds tens of those smart tabs to both RIBīs and hardboats with excellent results.

Those are with dedicated absorbers so no hydraulics nor knobs for adjustings just self working tabs

Will post their website from work tomorrow morning

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hmm so your saying i wouldnt have any electronic parts to it and i wouldnt have to press any buttons to try to make the boat straight but then wen somoene shifts to one side i havta pull out the manual written by complete idiots to tell me that down means up and up sometimes means left and etc...


They just work on their own?....and how would that help me with the weight on the back of the boat?
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hmm i acutaly just searched and found the smart tabs....they look like a pretty good idea, but i still cant see how they would help me while im in mid air heh...

how easy are they to install if you have little to no prior..boat engineering or such? Thanks
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To simplify they do work similar to flaps on aircrafts; pushing the stern down and also making lift in the back making you quicker on plan and as you accelerate the tabs (flaps) pushes up and even one going from side to side it will ease the movement and in some cases iluminate it.

As Iīve said before lots of happy customers and not a single complaint and believe they would do that if they wouldnīt work.

Seriously your best and probably one of the cheapest option as well, wish this products where available when we had our first boat back in 1973 facing similar problem.

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They are very easy to fit, what I say "American fool proof" (with full respect, American installation manuals lots of warning on every page so basically down to details) the manual is very thorough to work from.

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Also....is it safe to drill into a Transom? heh

Wut do i do in the event that i want to take the tabs off? leave the holes empty?
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Yepp no problemos drilling, good to use Sikaflex as well, in case of taking it off later epoxy filler will do the job to cover the holes.

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To simplify they do work similar to flaps on aircrafts; pushing the stern down and also making lift in the back making you quicker on plan and as you accelerate the tabs (flaps) pushes up and even one going from side to side it will ease the movement and in some cases iluminate it.

As Iīve said before lots of happy customers and not a single complaint and believe they would do that if they wouldnīt work.

Seriously your best and probably one of the cheapest option as well, wish this products where available when we had our first boat back in 1973 facing similar problem.

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I think you mean elevators - flaps are used to increase lift.....
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I think you mean elevators - flaps are used to increase lift.....
Thanks Codprawn what was I thinking, obvious mistake and stupitidy

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Thanks Codprawn what was I thinking, obvious mistake and stupitidy

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meant morning - see what I mean!!! I take it Iceland is 1 hr behind us???
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Sure we are wasters of the whole world, keep ourselves on GMT all the time although we do belong to different timezone, then heat our houses to at least 24 degrees and if we feel to warm we just open windows and doors to adjust to liking furthermore why bother turning off lights during day hours ....
and no waiting time for hot water when taking shower or bath just instant hot smelly sulfa water diluted with pure cold water ..... cost virtualy nothing I pay less than GBP 75 a month for hot water and electricity for almost 300 square metres house on 3 floors (so little deerer than 2 sixpack of beers )

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Sure we are wasters of the whole world, keep ourselves on GMT all the time although we do belong to different timezone, then heat our houses to at least 24 degrees and if we feel to warm we just open windows and doors to adjust to liking furthermore why bother turning off lights during day hours ....
and no waiting time for hot water when taking shower or bath just instant hot smelly sulfa water diluted with pure cold water ..... cost virtualy nothing I pay less than GBP 75 a month for hot water and electricity for almost 300 square metres house on 3 floors (so little deerer than 2 sixpack of beers )

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Well I only pay about Ģ30 a month electricity and for heating I have a woodburner - I HATE houses too warm - 20C is what it is supposed to be - most people in the UK do the same - heating on full blast - 28C and then they open windows - they wonder why they pay so much for gas and whinge about global warming!!!

It is all womens fault - they always moan they are cold.....

Anyway going to bed before I zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Surely true Codprawn, I like 18 degrees but the rest of the family donīt so majorities decision. No gas (apart from BBQ) just geothermal heating and hydropower plants for electricity so no polution at all

Nighty night

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If my engine is to heavy would it help to put maybe sand bags or something similar up in the bow to level it off during heavy seas and such?
Be very careful with sand, story goes (fact) about a couple of boys this year went south to sea trial their new big rib, lovely day so decided to head to France, after about 1 hour decided that bow was too light so called into a harbour looking for some bow ballast. All they could find was sand bags that were stopping road signs blowing away, ideal, loaded a good few into the bow and off they set.
Had a lovely lunch in France and went back to the boat only to find the local polis at it looking it over. They were asked for papers, which they did not have, and then the polis did a search on the boat and found these bags, well then it all started to get interesting, the local polis called the big polis who called some other polis and arrested the boys until they could confirm what was in the bags .
Eventually they were allowed to go.
So if you use sand get it from a builders merchant with an invoice
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heh....will sand work tho? or smart tabs better?
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