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Smart Tabs Installed

fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
2012 Hurricane SS188 F115 with planing issues. Will be taking out boat this weekend and report back with good news hopefully
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  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
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  • nquirknquirk Member, Moderator Posts: 674 ✭✭✭✭

    @fldanny....that one good looking boat.

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    2010 Hurricane SS 188 OB
    2010 Mercury Optimax 200HP / Mercury SS High Five 19P
    2010 Trailmaster SC trailer
  • Ernest TErnest T Member, Moderator Posts: 268 ✭✭✭
    Installation looks good.  Boat looks good.  I think you will notice a significant improvement in how the boat handles.
    2010 Hurricane 2100 (217) Sun Deck
    2008 Yamaha F150 TXR Outboard
    2008 Yamaha FX **** Cruiser Waverunner
  • ssriderssrider Member Posts: 12
    @fldanny Any reason why you went with the Smart Tabs and not a hydrofoil?  I want to do one of the two on my boat also
    2004 SD 217 i/o
  • delhavendelhaven Member Posts: 41 ✭✭
    Why did you install trim tabs? Do you mind telling us the total installed cost?
  • GEWarEagleGEWarEagle Spanish Fort, AlabamaMember Posts: 7 ✭✭
    I installed Smart Tabs on my previous boat a NauticStar 1900 Offshore CC. I had the Yami 150 on it which caused proposing. The Smart Tabs resolved my problem. Only issue I had was the pistons would only last about 2 years and for some reason they alternated years. The company was good at replacing them at no cost but the boat would start to list  to one side because of the failure. So I would need to fix it right away. IMO they are better than hydrofoils because it allowed me to trim my engine without effecting performance. Engine trim effects hydrofoil performance.

    After having them for 6 seasons, I regret not having installed the 4 x 12 Lenco's. Not because the Smart Tabs didn't work, they did. But with a 19' boat, trim tabs would have allowed me to controlled listing of the boat due to weight distribution. For some unknown reason, everyone wanted to sit on the same side of the boat.
    2013 Sundeck 2400 OB, Yamaha 250
    Spanish Fort, Alabama
  • nquirknquirk Member, Moderator Posts: 674 ✭✭✭✭

    Haven't used Smart Tabs but can tell you from experience that the hydrofoil in my experience isn't the way to go.

    While it will help with planing and porpoising, I found that it would steer to the right hard (in the direction of your prop rotation).

    Smart Tabs are definitely the way to go as you address the same issues as mentioned and do it balanced across the hull.  And as @GEWarEagle said, trimming the engine won't affect it the way a hydrofoil would be affected.

     

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    2010 Hurricane SS 188 OB
    2010 Mercury Optimax 200HP / Mercury SS High Five 19P
    2010 Trailmaster SC trailer
  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    Just got off the lake here is my review. I literally have a whole new boat. I plane at 13-14mph with 6 adults all sitting in back of boat with 2 full coolers and a full tank of gas and bimini top up. no bow raise at all. im at 37 mpg and 5300 rpms. I regret after looking at reviews last year being skeptical and not installing them sooner.
  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    109 for tabs and 80 to install from my boat dealer
  • yzfmikyzfmik Member Posts: 33 ✭✭
    edited June 2013
    I have the same boat/motor, do the tabs (right side) get in the way of the ladder when it's being used?  Also, what size are those that you used?
    2012 188 Sundeck Sport OB w/ Yamaha 115
  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    edited June 2013
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  • yzfmikyzfmik Member Posts: 33 ✭✭
    Ahhhh, I see. Very nice, thanks!
    2012 188 Sundeck Sport OB w/ Yamaha 115
  • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Member Posts: 418 admin
    @fldanny ... great stuff...thanks for sharing. I think everyone would agree that $200 for a "whole new boat" is not a bad deal. 
  • redngreedyredngreedy Member Posts: 21 ✭✭
    Did you have any low speed wander before installing these?
  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    no not really. I was really trying to resolve planeing issue
  • s1435s1435 Member Posts: 3
    Got same boat, installed same tabs - what a difference!! As if all of a sudden i got twice of power. Never loose the horizon out of sight now, bow sit low all time

  • bigbukabigbuka Member Posts: 4
    I have a sd2000 2012. Love the boat but she is a hog to get out of the hole and I am. Having a porpoising issue also. I had smart tabs on my last boat and want to install them on this one too but am struggling with the placement. The sd 2000 has huge stern bump outs on either side. Has anyone intalled them on a sd200 if so can you recommend sizes and post some pictures of placement on the hull? Thanks
  • donmatdonmat Member Posts: 36 ✭✭

    I have a pair of smart tabs for my 188 that I haven't installed yet. When I place the hinge against  the transom at the outer edge there is a slight curvature in the hull. I was wondering if you noticed that and if it affected the operation of the hinge and tabs. I have the ss tabs. Further inboard the transom is flat and I'm debating putting them there. Have any others noticed this?

     

    Don

  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    If you email smartabs with a picture of your boat they will tell you exact place to put them.
  • donmatdonmat Member Posts: 36 ✭✭
    I have used them before on another boat and want to move them as far outboard as possible but I am concerned with the slight curvature of the transom interfering with their operation as it is a hinge. . I was just wondering if others have noticed this curvature and did it affect the tab operation.
  • anchor1anchor1 Member Posts: 12
    I am about to install smart tabs on my 2002 201 gs fundeck I/O. The hole size that you drill is different if the transom is made of wood or fiberglass. I am assuming that the boat has a fiberglass transom and does not have a wood core but you know what they say about fools and assumptions. Can anyone confirm this is true before I drill my first hole?
  • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Member Posts: 418 admin
    @anchor1 ... that boat has an all-fiberglass transom....just confirmed with Hurricane.
  • MNDaveCMNDaveC Member Posts: 24
    fldanny said:

    Just got off the lake here is my review. I literally have a whole new boat. I plane at 13-14mph with 6 adults all sitting in back of boat with 2 full coolers and a full tank of gas and bimini top up. no bow raise at all. im at 37 mpg and 5300 rpms. I regret after looking at reviews last year being skeptical and not installing them sooner.

    Does you boarding ladder hit the tabs at all?

    If a swimmer were to use the boarding ladder, would it be easy for them to accidentally step on the tab and damage it?
  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    no not at all you cant tell by pic but the ladder actually protects it from stepping on tab.
  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    edited July 2013
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  • pascal1972pascal1972 Member Posts: 7 ✭✭
    WOW, just got back from a great day on the lake and had a chance to try out the Smart Tabs. All I can say is they do EXACTLY what they claim! On plane much quicker, can maintain plane at 9-11 mph, and almost no bow rise. Installed myself in about 40 minutes, $155 from amazon.
    2001 FD 228 RE 115 Evinrude FICHT
    2007 SD 237 5.7L Mercruiser MPI Bravo 3
  • fldannyfldanny Member Posts: 32 ✭✭
    I just had a few things done on my boat. mechanic was one of the naysayers. I talked it through to him and while we were talking a customer came in with same exact tabs and praised them as well. like I said in my post it has made a world of difference!
  • nquirknquirk Member, Moderator Posts: 674 ✭✭✭✭

    @fldanny, perhaps you should take him for a ride in your boat with the tabs up and down and show him the difference. 

    I don't even need them and I'm planning to install them just so I can cruise in the mornings with my wife, coffee and the sound of the loons and not the extra buzz of the engine at a higher speed/RPMs.

     

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    2010 Hurricane SS 188 OB
    2010 Mercury Optimax 200HP / Mercury SS High Five 19P
    2010 Trailmaster SC trailer
  • JhighersJhighers Member Posts: 11 ✭✭
    Does anyone know if Smart Tabs can be installed on the Sundeck models with the back of the boat having the extensions on the transom? Thanks.
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