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Old 22 August 2014, 08:57   #1
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Trim tabs any good??

Dare I say it but....I'm buying a fletcher arrowstreak 17 with a 115hp yamaha & was wondering what benefits trim tabs gave?

The boat will be used for short trips longest will be Swanage-Christchurch & just general use including wake boarding.

Are they a worth while investment?
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Dare I say it but....I'm buying a fletcher arrowstreak 17 with a 115hp yamaha & was wondering what benefits trim tabs gave?

The boat will be used for short trips longest will be Swanage-Christchurch & just general use including wake boarding.

Are they a worth while investment?
Short answer. Dunno. I have them on BP & they allow me to get the bow further down which improves the ride no end into a head sea. BUT I have twin engines, & since I stopped diving, I don't have a box full of weight belts in the bow. I don't know what they'd bring to a different boat, but they work for me.
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Old 22 August 2014, 09:37   #3
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Are they a worth while investment?
Not sure what benefit that you perceive that tabs would give you? Shallow vee speedboats are hopeless in anything other than flat water. You'll compress your spine in a 2ft+ chop.

Stick to calm sea conditions, or guess what?
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Very little benefit on a small sportsboat that has decent power any way. Save your money.
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I love them. Wouldn't have a boat without.

I toyed with putting them on a 21ft sport boat. And wish i had. 2 ribs later and despite the good sea handling of my boat, tabs improve it no end. Nose down if needed, and more importantly beam seas or leaning into wind can be corrected, saves landing on the hard of the chine. Get them from states and dont spend a fortune.

Nout wrong with your fletcher too.
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Nout wrong with your fletcher too.
Toooo right. It's a mystery why UK Special Forces and the RNLI don't use them.
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Toooo right. It's a mystery why UK Special Forces and the RNLI don't use them.
Nor do they use scorpions. are they poo?

I have a beautiful daughter who is proof rubber isnt 100%.
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