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Old 08 September 2005, 19:56   #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, 20:06   #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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