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Old 08 November 2015, 13:16   #1
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Trim Tabs for Zodiac Yachtline 480 DL

Hope this doesn't offend anyone, lol. I've had mine for 3 years now and it's a do-it-all boat. Spearfishing to downrigger trolling to inshore to dragging my kids around on a tube... You get the idea. It's got a 60 Yam 4 stroke and the lower speed and hole shots could use some attention. The boat has a tendancy to list to starboard and I would like to correct this. My own experience with tabs was a 14' Cape Horn with a 50 Merc 4 stroke that I put lencos on years back. They were noisy but did the job. Has anyone put tabs on a Zodiac? If so what results did you get and what did you use? Thanks in advance for any input!
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Old 08 November 2015, 13:27   #2
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Not the same but as a comparison I had a quicksilver 500 fast fisher which has a planing pad at the stern which made it a bit twitchy I fitted auto trim tabs and they worked a treat also correcting the slight list on the starboard side caused by the off set cabin.

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Old 08 November 2015, 13:40   #3
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Have you tried some different props?
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Old 08 November 2015, 15:30   #4
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Have you tried some different props?
WOT with just me is at 6100 RPM. With a moderate load I'm down to 5800, I was told it won't get better than that.
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Do you recall what brand of tabs?
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Old 08 November 2015, 19:41   #6
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WOT with just me is at 6100 RPM. With a moderate load I'm down to 5800, I was told it won't get better than that.
Sounds perfect! I'd probably go with some Nauticus Smart Tabs.
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Old 09 November 2015, 03:11   #7
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Sounds perfect! I'd probably go with some Nauticus Smart Tabs.
that's what i fitted hydraulic ram works like a shock absorber as i recall.
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An update is in order. As it turns out, Zodiac does not recommend cutting into the planing shelf at the stern. That's a critical joint per a Zodiac engineer. lack of knowledge caused my listing issue. I was able to fix it by A: adjusting the torque tab, and B: inflating to correct pressure. I was running at 2.5lbs, the spec is 3.4lbs. (Stamped right on the plate that also has other good info like payload and hp rating) 😐 Hope this helps anyone else experiencing this type of issue. On a different note, monitor your glue joints. Mine is 14 years old PVC and the main joint has separated on the port side separating the tube from the hull. I was 3 miles from the dock and never felt like I was in danger of sinking. I love my Zodiac RIB..

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