I run with smart tabs, automatic and made of stainless steel. I ran with a doelfin, but you end up trimming the outboard for the planing control rather than the optimum speed or splash setting. "whale tails" like that also catch kelp like mad, an issue where I live. I did have lifters. I had issues with them breaking. Maximarine asserted that this was due to the design of my zodiac futura. I don't agree. I think the lifters would be fine on a smaller vessel, but cannot recommend them. If you pull your outboard up to operate in shallow water the prop will hit the lifters when you turn if you aren't very careful. They also dig into the beach if the boat is washed about at all on the shore. Easier to pull my smart tabs up than remove the lifters. For a bit more on this topic and Maxi Marines response to my issues look here: Trim Tab Opinion ???
One of my smart tabs actuators failed and Nauticus sent me a replacement promptly. I like that type of customer service.