July 19, 2007 at 6:23pm
Question, I have a 16-48 100 gauge aluminum boat with a 40 hp on a jackplate. Trim tabs were placed on the rear at time of purchase. Dealer said that this was because the front end was too light for the motor. I now have trolling motor, battery and fishing equipment in the front, and Iím only averaging 29mph gps. Seems to me that with the new weight in front of the boat, the trim tabs are causing the front of the boat to dig a little. Would removing the trim tabs increase my speed now that I have the extra weight in the front of the boat that was not there at the time of installation? Spoke to the dealer on the phone and he recommended bending them upward. Will this cause damage to my boat, or would it be better just cutting them off? Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.