watson524

264 with no trim tabs?

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What are your thoughts on a 264 with no trim tabs? Required on a boat this size? Nice to have? Can be added after the fact?

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They can be added ...... and I would definitely add them.

There are many threads on this forum that discuss adding trim tabs.

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Yeah adding them doesn't appear to be too big of an issue (sans my aversion to drilling holes in my boat), and I've always assumed a boat this size should have them, if but nothing else but to help balance out people load, but I may be looking at a used one that doesn't have them.

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I don't have them on mine, I've thought about adding them throughout the years, but honestly never felt it was a must have. Just never had a problem getting up on plane. Now, I'm a lake boater and don't see a lot of rough water either. Also don't like the thought of drilling holes below the waterline.

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They are just little ones.

What about that big one that your outdrive is stuck in, with only a rubber boot to keep the water out?

At least you won't sink.  Denny.

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I waited a long time to add them. Just didn't seem to think it would make that much of a difference. WRONG......

After I added them, the boat handles ten times better. If your new ride doesn't have them not a biggie, use it for a season then add them. 

 

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an easy and relatively cheap add-on.  I added the Bennett hydraulic tabs and it was pretty easy.  They are really nice to have on our boats that are quite stern heavy.

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If you plan on any choppy water use, I'd highly recommend them. On the Chesapeake, I use them all the time.

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I have them, rarely use them, only to balance boat side to side.  I would say unnecessary but ok to have.  My boating is on a large lake that is mostly rough on weekends.

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I actually use mine mostly during watersports.  When pulling the kids on the tube I can keep the speed where they like it but still keep the boat riding flat rather than bow high.  

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I love mine, largely for balancing side to side (especially since the seating layout on the 225 SSI is port-heavy) when I have multiple people on the boat.  They are nice when towing and once in a while in rough water.  

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I put them on last year...my 264 handles like a different boat.  I am a little crazy about the bow being level, (passengers & etc.), and this has solved all of that issue.

Should have done it sooner.  

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No one seems to mention whether they prevent or reduce yaw. At no-wake speeds going left and right without touching the steering.  Drives me nuts while in the Erie Canal. 

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38 minutes ago, SST said:

No one seems to mention whether they prevent or reduce yaw. At no-wake speeds going left and right without touching the steering.  Drives me nuts while in the Erie Canal. 

Yes, the trim tabs do improve tracking when fully deployed but I would not install them for that reason alone.

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