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Old 01 November 2006, 10:57   #1
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Anybody use Smart Tabs?? Are they any good? Do they affect performance?

& presuming I buy, where's the cheapest place to buy them?

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Old 01 November 2006, 11:32   #2
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Ollyit does.

Take a trip over to Iboats.com forums and ask about them-the guy who makes them is there under the user name Nautijohn.
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Old 01 November 2006, 15:19   #3
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I've got 'em on my 5.4 SeaRider. Love 'em. Simple, effective, inexpensive. Probably costs a tiny bit on the top end, but gets you planing much more quickly, allows you to stay planing at lower speeds. All as advertised.
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Old 01 November 2006, 15:53   #4
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We thought about it, but didnt in the end because we thought it might give us trouble in a following sea. Keeping the bow down too much.

Didnt want to pay full wack for proper trim tabs so we tried a Doelfin for $50 or there abouts. Has surpassed my expectations!
Made a huge difference, much more responsive to the trim, flies level, more stable laterally and it just doesn't cavitate in turns.

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Old 01 November 2006, 17:17   #5
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Got some sport tabs on our Hurricane. Makes a huge difference! You can adjust the pressue depending on load and conditions. Boat has stopped chine walking at top speed and seems to hook up much faster after leaving the water as well. Also we can maintain headway into much larger seas than before.
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Old 01 November 2006, 18:02   #6
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Tiller engines on small RIBS

Has anyone used small outboards, maybe 10 or 15 hp on anything similar to an Avon SR4? If so, will the boat plane? I have a Yamaha 15 and am waiting for a new engine. I have used this engine on Avon 4 meter workboat with the "looks like a dead diver under the boat lifters" with pretty good performance for a sib.
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Old 01 November 2006, 18:59   #7
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Anybody use Smart Tabs?? Are they any good? Do they affect performance?

& presuming I buy, where's the cheapest place to buy them?

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Jon,
Have not seen them on a rib but have seen them fitted on a ring 21 here.
Made a massive difference to take off and planing etc.

They were got in either Union or CH but are available from UK for a lot less.
I think the new shop in Carragaline stocks them.

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Hi

I had a set on my SR4 worked well and fitted a line to each with a cleat on the top of the transom so you could pull them up if required

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If its of any interest to anyone we can supply the full range of Smart Tabs and prices sart from 99.00 inc VAT
And we are offering an extra 5% discount for RIBnet customers until January
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Has anyone used small outboards, maybe 10 or 15 hp on anything similar to an Avon SR4? If so, will the boat plane? I have a Yamaha 15 and am waiting for a new engine. I have used this engine on Avon 4 meter workboat with the "looks like a dead diver under the boat lifters" with pretty good performance for a sib.
Not on an sr4 it won't-you need quite a bit of oomph to empty the hull and get it on the plane.
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