In 1999 when our patent was issued we said it was “The Simple Solution!” Today we know SMART TABS are much more than a solution to poor handling and performance issues. As one boat builder says, “they make a good boat better!”
There is no doubt that SMART TABS solve problems, but this simple fully automatic trim and stabilizer system offers improvements for small craft well beyond the consumers desires and expectations. Improvements in acceleration, bow angle (“hole Shot”), ride and handling, top speed, and even fuel economy are documented by OEM builders, by numerous national and international magazine tests, and most important, hundreds of consumer testimonials. Over the years and after selling thousands of sets to satisfied customers our confidence has grown to the point that we assure customer satisfaction with a ‘money back performance guarantee.’
How do they work?
First, it is important to understand that trim tabs become an extension of the boat’s running surface, and therefore change the performance and handling characteristics as they adjust. This happens automatically with SMART TABS because they react to the water pressure, boat speed, and payload.
At slow speeds they deploy downward which increases stern lift, keeping the boat more level and allowing it to plane easier at much slower speeds. At cruising speeds they are pushed up by the water pressure, but remain under a load creating ride control like shock absorbers. No need to worry about tab position when pulling a tube, wake board, or skier. Just use the boat and enjoy the benefits.
SMART TABS use a nitrogen gas actuator to hold the plates down during acceleration and provide lift to the stern. The plate size and actuator resistance (pressure) are determined by the boat size and horsepower at the time of installation. Even after installation the SMART TABS system can be tuned to the specific boat or the consumer’s preference.
All of this is done without the need for electric or hydraulic connection, feed holes, or manual switches. A few common tools are all it takes to do the installation in an hour or less.