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The Nauticus SX Smart Tab is constructed of molded composite to prevent rust and corrosion. The material also provides superior strength and resilience, ensuring durable use in rough waters.

This smart tab delivers smooth and fast acceleration while improving fuel economy by 11%. It also reduces bow rise by 40% and lowers plane speed by 35%. This smart tab ensures smooth ride by eliminating porpoising and chine walking. It features tracking ribs to improve handling at higher speeds.

  • Smoother and faster acceleration
  • 40% less bow rise and 35% less plane speed
  • Improves handling and smoother ride

Features of Nauticus SX Smart Tabs

  • More top speed and no porpoising
  • Improved fuel economy

APPLICATION

Boat Type Boat Length Motor Size Motor Type Part Number
Ribs, Flats & Bay,
Bow Riders, Fish & Ski
13', 14', 15' 30 HP to 40 HP 2 Stroke SX9510-30
Ribs, Flats & Bay,
Bow Riders, Fish & Ski
12', 13', 14' 40 HP to 50 HP 4 Stroke SX9510-40
14', 15', 16' 50 HP to 80 HP 2 Stroke
Ribs, Flats & Bay,
Bow Riders,
Day Cruisers,
Fish & Ski,
Rescue, Deck
15', 16', 17'+ 60 HP to 100 HP 4 Stroke SX9510-60
16', 17', 18'+ 60 HP to 150 HP 2 Stroke
18' to 22' 150 HP to 240 HP 2 or 4 Stroke
SX9510-80
16', 17', 18'+ 4/6 cyl I/O 4 Stroke
SX9510-60
18' to 22' V8 cyl I/O 4 Stroke
SX9510-80

Click here for Installation Instructions

Performance Benefits
  • Smoother and Faster Acceleration - (Great for Skiing)
  • 40% less Bow Rise and 35% Lower On Plane Speed -
    (Great for Tubing)
  • More Top Speed and No Porpoising or Chine Walking
  • Improves Handling and Smoother Ride In Any Water
  • Improved Fuel Economy (11% +)
Rugged Design: (TMCPC)
Thermo Molded Co Polymer Composite material provides superior strength and resilience for any rough water situation. Rust and corrosion are also eliminated so there is no need for anodes.
In short - NO MAINTENANCE!
Assembly & Installation In Minutes
  • Complete assembly and mounting requires only a drill, a 3/16" bit, and a phillips screw driver.
  • The Integral design eliminates the need for wrenches.
  • All components "lock" together with self locking clevis pins.


Warranty
Nauticus, Inc. warrants to the retail purchaser of this product that it is free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of five years (5) on all metal componets and two years (2) for rubber boot covers and gas actuators, from the date of purchase. Complete warrenty information is included with each kit and upon request.
More work to install, negligible benefits compared to hydrofil
by Keith from Port Alberni, British Columbia on July 28, 2013
I have a small 13' aluminum hull shallow-vee RIB with a 35hp 3-cylinder Evinrude that I wanted to see if I could reduce the porpoising and wave handling. I purchased the smallest one using the selector tool as I have relatively small motor and very light boat. As I didn't want any stainless hardware reacting with the aluminum hull below the water line I mounted these to large aluminum plates (very stiff) and installed the retracting kit as well. I removed the Attwood Hydro-Stabilizer (bolt on hydrofoil to the anti-ventilation plate) and fixed up the empty bolt holes as directed. After installing (which took awhile as I wanted everything to be square/sealed/etc) I went through testing the five different settings on the Smart Tabs with each of the five different trim settings I have on the engine. Unfortunately with no setting was I able to reduce the porpoising over the hydrofoil alone, and even with the plates on minimum (or retracted) and the engine fully tucked in, I always have significant ventilation issues in corners without the hydrofoil. For getting to fishing holes it's not so important but cruising or water sports I can see it being quite significant. My time to plane is slightly higher, but I can hold plane at about 13mph vs 15mph. Efficiency isn't noticeable over 2 tanks (100L) but my top speed seems to be slightly less (1-2mph). They are always in contact with the water so I would imagine they have more drag at high speed than a hydrofoil that lifts out and runs dry at high speed. It seems like more work with both installing (which required me to move my transducer, speed and temperature sensor) and limits my mounting for an electric trolling motor. Also, I should be retracting them with putting it on the trailer and it's more likely to wear down if the seals go. I do see issues with the hydrofoil as well (damage to the anti-ventilation plate, holes in the engine to mount, force on the motor/transom which I personally think is negligible compared to the weight of the motor) but overall so far they seem better. I will try a larger anti-ventilation plate later. I could see them being beneficial on stern-heavy deep-vee boats that squat and have issues getting on plane, but for the small light boat I have, I don't think they're the best solution.
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Great addition
by Alkesh from Columbia, South Carolina on July 09, 2013
The tabs installed in about 25 minutes for me. Put up some masking tape, drilled holes, put in the silicone and screwed everything in. Couldn't have been any simpler. I put them on my Byliner 175 which does not have a flat transom. But a quick call to Nauticus and they shipped me some special brackets to use instead of the included ones, free of charge. Great service! Lastly, it rides much smoother and gets out of the hole must faster as well. Worth the money.
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they work great
by James from West Burlington, Iowa on July 20, 2012
got these to put on my 18ft. jon boat with a 40 horse motor. emailed Nauticus to make sure which size to get and they emailed back in hour. so i ordered these and they work great picked up about 4 mph planes alot faster rides seems to be smoother to.
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Incredible!
by Lance from Newaygo, Michigan on April 23, 2012
I have a 16' Alumaweld Express 16' aluminum style bass boat. I converted my outboard to a jet drive to steelhead fish on our local river. After that, I could not get up on step fast enough to even take it near the river. My local jet boat guy gave me several options including float pods, a bigger 2 stroke instead of the 4 stroke I have (added low end torque) and so on, but the cheapest option was at least $1300. After the trim tabs, everything has improved dramatically. The boat gets up on step in a hurry, the tracking is awesome, no porpoising or chiming ever. When I was researching these another user made the comment that all boats should come with these, I have to agree to an extent. I put myself in a pickle and Nauticus got me out for a low price in comparison to my other options. Thank you!
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best buy
by Amy from Pooler, Georgia on April 20, 2012
they are awesome i had changed my prop pitch i will have to go back to my old one because i am turning to much now with the smart tabs
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SX Smart Tabs
by Thomas from Edgewater, Florida on September 17, 2011
Best money I have spent on this boat. It's a 17' Sailfish (polar type, square front) with an 8' beam, 60hp Evinrude. With the Smart Tabs, this baby jumps out of the water, and is great on top end. I think I can almost walk as fast as this boat will stay on plane in slow speed. Great product, highly recommended!
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Another Succes Story
by Jim from Linn, Missouri on June 24, 2011
G-3 1652SC Jon Boat, 50HP 2 Cycle Yamaha Outboard with Power Trim I don’t ever see reviews of the Smart Tab SX’s on an aluminum jon boat so here goes. My son and I just purchased this boat and it was so bad at porpoising and bouncing that you could barely ride in it unless you only traveled at half throttle. It didn’t seem to matter how the motor was trimmed as it only changed the problem instead of fixing it. An email to G3 and they only referred me to my local dealer. Both friends and the local boat dealer suggested either a whale tail on the motor or installing wedges under the motor mount to get more trim. Neither of these options appealed to me and then I read about these Smart Tab SX’s. Installation only took about a half hour and off to the river we went to try them out. Right off the trailer and a little throttle for the turn around to go and pick up my son I immediately noticed a big difference. The boat leveled off almost right away without even letting off the throttle. I picked up my son (I am well over 300 lbs. and my son is tipping the scale a little over 200 lbs.) and we both sat in the rear seat. We took off at full throttle and the boat immediately leveled off with no porpoising or bouncing, just a little chatter when we hit waves from other boats. I now turned over the helm to my son and he put the boat through its paces. I sat on the bow and it didn’t seem to make much difference as the boat leveled off only slightly faster. Back to the rear seat (more comfortable) and my son pushed the throttle forward and done a series of U-turns. Before the Smart Tab’s the propeller would come out of the water, now it continuously makes contact with little or no loss of power. I also checked the speed using a GPS and maybe one MPH increase in speed but I really wasn’t expecting any significant increase on a boat and motor this size. All I have to say is WOW. What a difference Smart Tab SX’s have made. They accomplished everything I was hoping for and more. I would suggest to everyone to install these on your boat and find out what you’ve been missing. (I am also going to suggest to my local dealer to start selling these and forget the whale tails)
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They work!
by Paul from Plaquemine, Louisiana on May 18, 2011
I will never own another boat without these installed before I pick it up. Installation was easy, but I was nervous about drilling holes below the water line. They sealed well and don't leak at all. The boat almost jumps out of the water on plane now and it improved the steering tremendously. It took a little getting used to but now I love it. Buy these. You won't be sorry.
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a must have
by Douglas from Williston, North Dakota on November 15, 2014
I installed these on a SeaDoo Sportster. I am now on top of the water and my speed has increased by 20 mph pulling somebody on an inner tube. for me this is a must I am able to do things that only you can imagine with my boat now. when I called to make sure I got the right ones they were more than willing to help me in every way including sending me pics on how to install on my particular boat.
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FAST SERVICE
by Lucius from Loudon, Tennessee on November 08, 2014
WORKS GREAT /GOOD PRODUCT/18FT STINGRAY
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does everything as described
by Julian from Grand Manan, New Brunswick on August 01, 2014
Installed these on a 1994 searay 200 5.0 cuddy and wish i had of put them on sooner. The boat gets on plane very quick with 1/2 the throttle it took before with very little bow rise. Will hold plane alot slower. It doesnt wander back and fourth in no-wake zones now. The boat always liked to lean to the port side on plane and now it rides level. It handles waves alot better. Before it would ride up and pound on larger waves where now it cuts through them. I was concidering selling my boat for a larger one but after installing these i have decided to keep the boat.
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Smart Tabs... I think I love you!
by Adam from Dixmont, Maine on February 05, 2014
I have a 1995 Starcraft Islander 191v that I've owned for three years. It is a great boat for fishing, tubing, and family outings but the high bow rise, porpoising, and listing is really getting on my nerves and making it uncomfortable for my family. I did some research about trim tabs and found out that is what I needed since my engine is aft as well as my gas tank. I went to my boat shop and those douches wanted over $1,000 for electic/hyrdo trim tabs with install. I don't love the boat that much. After weeks of research I found the Smart Tabs SX. I purchased a pair and installed them myself in about 40 minutes for a total of $129.00.. Easy install, great instructions and a quality product. I can't wait to try them out this spring.
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smart tabs
by William from Charlotte, North Carolina on December 18, 2013
Very satisfied with my experience with boats. Will continue to purchase from boats.
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SX Smart Tabs
by John from Zephyrhills, Florida on November 06, 2013
They do everything they advertise. My boat had a hydrofoil on it and took forever to get on plane but with Smart Tabs what an improvement also dramatically improved the steering in no wake zone. One of my best investments for my boat.
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Game changer
by Joseph from Naples, New York on August 06, 2013
I installed these on my 1990 Galaxy 19 ft cuddy. The boat has a small (2.3 L) Volvo Penta that could barely get on plane and could not plane below about 20 mph (this made it tough to pull little ones on a tube without traumatizing them). Since installing the Smart Tabs, the boat now planes far more easily. Bow lift is greatly reduced and the boat can plane easily at 15 mph (I've pulled a tube at speeds as low as 12 mph). The boat also handles choppy water much better with considerably less porpoising. There does not appear to be a noticeable change in top speed one way or the other. Installation was pretty easy. I had to remove a nonfunctional transducer to make space for the tabs, which was no big deal. I've tried different props, engine tunings, steering and engine trim settings and nothing has improved the performance of the boat nearly as much as these Smart Tabs. Highly recommended.
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You should buy this.
by Rory from Lynnwood, Washington on July 20, 2013
Put these on my Trophy 1802 a month ago, but wanted to spend sufficient time with them before I posted a review. Planing was dramatically improved -- much faster to plane with way less bow rise. Plus I can keep it on plane at much lower speeds. Tracking is amazing. At cruise I can sit back in the seat with no hands on the wheel (even in light chop). At slow speed I can move about the boat to deal with docking bumpers and lines and the boat tracks straight ahead on her own. Pounding in 2' to 3' seas was also greatly reduced. The last really awesome thing they've done for me was to make just enough of a hole in front of my kicker that I can now leave it tilted down at cruise (with the scag an inch out of the water). Not only is that easier on the bracket, but it also means I don't have to remove the EZ-Steer anymore. After getting them adjusted properly (#2 position) my top end went from 42 mph to 44 mph. Hopefully that extra efficiency will help the gph a bit.
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2 orders placed and received
by Tanya from Ocala, Florida on July 17, 2013
Having placed 2 orders in as many weeks am writing to state how very impressed we are not only with the quality of the goods received but also in the promptness in which they were sent and also the efficiency and courtesy of your staff when we had a small issue - resolved to our satisfaction without any argument or quibble - top notch. We will be back ! Thanks!
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JON BOAT 18' 60HP 4 stroke
by Benoit from Longueuil, Quebec on July 02, 2013
That solution solve my porpoising problem on my 18' JON BOAT with heavy 60HP 4 Stroke. No need to put weight in front of the boat like some tell me. Moving Fuel Thank and Battery in the front was not for me a good solution. Moving the outboard higher or lower on the transom don't solve my problem. That Trim tab work just very well. Drastic change. Excuse for bad English I'm french -)
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What a difference
by Mark from Eau Claire, Wisconsin on June 28, 2013
Installed these on my 09 Tahoe 215 in about an hour probably could be done faster but there's some gut wrenching aspect about drilling into your boat that was hard to overcome. Support walked me through any installation questions and even provided pictures of my boat to ensure my success. After installation the smart tabs worked as advertised, my boat planes alot faster and I don't have to stand up to look over my hull on take off. THe drift I had a lower speeds is less also. I recommend these!
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Smart Tabs
by John F from Castroville, Texas on June 22, 2013
They work as they say. Haven't got them fully adjusted yet for top speed. But the aft of the boat never lifts up when going to power. Stays down at all speeds.
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Better than advertised
by Donald from Kemp, Texas on May 23, 2013
Wow! Finally got the boat out with the Smart Tabs installed and the improvement in performance was great. My boat came up on plane with almost no bow rise. Ride was very smooth. I also discovered there was virtually no wander when in the no wake zone. I highly recommend Smart Tabs.
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Great Product
by Wesley from Columbia Falls, Montana on May 18, 2013
Does exactly as advertized
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sx smart trim tabs
by Michael from englewood, Florida on May 01, 2013
receiving my order quickly. was a little skeptical about the trim tabs,but after researching the company,they have been making these for 15 years, gave them a shot. i put them on boat saturday, very easy to install. put boat in water sunday and to my surprise boat jumped up on plane and no more porpoising. i was able to trim up motor up almost out of water! i could not do that before. dont hesitate, you wont be disappointed! p.s. these are put on at the factory of carolina skiff.
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Good Results
by John from Prince George, Virginia on November 25, 2012
This is the 2nd set of Smart Tabs SX that I've installed. They were installed on two very different types of boats. But, both sets have returned similar results. This set was installed on an 18ft, Center Console, saltwater boat with 90HP outboard. The boat performed well before the install, and even better after. Hole shot was quicker and much "flatter". WOT speed, as measured by GPS, also increased by 3 knots. But, where I notice the greatest difference is being able to stay on plane at lower speeds. Another important difference is how easy it is to steer a straight course at trolling speeds. Before, she would wander a lot. I did do something on both installs that I would suggest to anyone installing these. I replaced the nylon bolts and clevis pins with stainless bolts and fiberlock nuts that I bought at Lowes. Previous reviews I had read about the Smart Tab SX product indicated that the nylon hardware would sometimes fail. So rather than take the chance, I went ahead and replaced all the nylon hardware with stainless. So far, I have not experienced a failure of any kind with either set. All things considered, my boat is now a much more pleasant one to drive. I can easily recommend Smart Tab SXs to anyone looking for basic, set and forget, trim tab performance.
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Smart Tabs transome fit
by Chris from Shady Side, Maryland on October 02, 2012
The mounting brackets for the tabs are too wide and will not mount flush anywhere on my transome. Unfortunately, I ordered them on-line and was not aware of this until after I opened the package. Perhaps some dimensional data on the bracket size would have helped prior to sale.
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Smart Tabs SX
by Jason from S. International Falls, Minnesota on August 28, 2012
Very easy too install, boat no longer porpoises, can't go wrong for the money
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Works GREAT!
by James from Macclenny, Florida on May 11, 2012
I own a 19 ft Glastron GT185 with the 3.0L engine. The smart tabs make my boat get on a plane super fast and stay on a plane while going super slow. My boat will even get on a plane with 3 kids in the back and none on the bow!!! What is even better, the front of the boat barely comes up when you go full throttle!!! I love these things!! They were also very easy to install.
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Installation not so easy
by Roger from Rockland, Ontario on May 07, 2012
Products is good, but they fail to show in their videos is the difficult installation on Aluminum boats with fish finders, swim latters etc.
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smart trim tabs
by Mark from Coquitlam, British Columbia on October 14, 2011
I personally have not yet got the boat on the water but great reviews from my brother inlaw he purchased the same thing and says it runs the boat a lot better the ride is not so bumpy now. Hope this helps out with the review.
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Works great
by Roland from Monticello, New York on July 12, 2011
These work just as advertised. I installed these on an 18' Bayliner, planing time is significantly decreased and stability in choppy water is noticeably better. i dont know about the gas claim, I dont pay attention to that but everything else is awesome.
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They work on my Stingray 185
by David from Lakeville, New York on July 12, 2011
I mounted them closer to the out drive then recommended because of interference from the swim platform but they still perform well. They do change the wake pattern which might effect skiing as a result of the mounting position.
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Works great!!
by Kenneth from Sapulpa, Oklahoma on May 31, 2011
Installed on Rinker 182 with 4.3l v6. Faster on plane times, lower on plane speed, eliminates porpoising, significantly reduces bow rise, top speed has increased as well. Well worth the money and solved all of my issues. Still need to fine tune for best performance, but is great right out of the box.
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Best Bang for Your Boating Buck
by a Customer on October 27, 2010
I have a very stern-heavy boat -- Starcraft 15-foot Deck Boat -- with 400-lb motor, 200-lb operator, battery and gas all at or near the stern. Before installing these tabs, getting up on a plane was a laborious process requiring lots of power. Now it's a breeze. Time to plane is faster rpm to plane is lower rpm to maintain plane is lower. The ride is enormously improved -- chop is smoothed out and porpoising eliminated. Nauticus claims 15% faster acceleration, 50% less bow lift, 10% more speed and 11% better fuel economy. Except for fuel economy, which I didn't measure, all these claims were accurate. Installation instructions are clear and simple. I can't recommend these tabs too strongly. They are the biggest bang for my boating buck that I have spent in a long time.
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I'm stoked!!!
by Carlos from Deltona, Florida on April 17, 2010
These tabs work unbelievably. I installed them on a Chaparral 185 SST and now the boat rides like a 24 footer! It glides over 2'-4' chop at 48 M.P.H. without chime walking or bouncing! Crossing boat wake is no longer an issue, it will plane out at 15-18 M.P.H. at quarter throttle and I picked up a couple M.P.H.. What's not to love? Kudos to Nauticus for a great product!
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Review for SX Smart Tabs Trim Tabs for Boat Length 15' - 19' FT and 60-150 HP - Nauticus
by a Customer on August 06, 2009
Very easy to install and working as advertised in every aspect. I have not adjusted these at all and have used them now for two seasons.
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great trim tabs
by Hank from Ellenton, Florida on June 18, 2013
the actuators (80) LB were to powerfull, called Smart Tabs and two days later (60)lb replacements were delivered, great service, and my boat behaves so much better now, glad I went with them, great price
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Sx smart trim tabs
by Bob from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on May 29, 2013
To say that I am pleased with this product would be an under statement. The change in my boats performance as it relates to getting to plane and low speed steering has been remarkable. 4.3 merc, 18.5 bowrider. Hole shot with almost no bow rise, great visibility and super quick to plane.......more than advertised by the manufacturer. Could not be happier with this product.
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Smart Tabs
by Bob from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on May 23, 2013
Easy to install, excellent reviews from other users, no hidden fees from iboats and most important great support from the supplier Smart Tabs ( Greg ) when I contacted them with a question.
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Easy installation
by Blayne from Traer, Iowa on May 15, 2013
Received these last night and they were a breeze to install. Had them installed in less than 1/2hr on a 95 Mariah Z202 Bowrider. Look forward to getting the boat in the water to see the difference. I will write another review once I get some time on these. Thanks Iboats, you're price beat out many competitors!
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Works So Well Should be Standard Equipment!
by Mark from Tampa, Florida on May 05, 2013
After installing Smart Tabs, my 2005 Chaparral Sunesta 210 practically jumps out of the water. No more sluggish acceleration, no more sharp bow rise. My boat also handles better in choppy seas. Chine walk is greatly reduced also. By far the best money I've ever spent on my boat. Buy them!
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Great Product
by Scott from Fort Worth, Texas on September 05, 2012
Using this on a 18' SeaRay Sport the piston that came with the tabs are too stiff, working with Smart Tab to get the right piston. EZ to install and nice and simple.
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AUTO TRIM TABS
by Kipp from Woodland Park, Colorado on August 20, 2012
ALRIGHT... SEEMS LIKE A MUCH BETTER PLAIN TIME
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SX Smart Trim Tabs
by Randolph from Carrollton, Virginia on August 03, 2012
The trim tabs installed and worked as advertised. Good value for the money. If you don't mind waiting a few days for the product, iBoats will save you money.
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NO more low speed wander!
by Curtis from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on June 25, 2012
I know v-hulled boats are famous for low speed wander. I hate that. The smart tabs got rid of it completely on my 20' Sea Ray Seville! I know that's not their main purpose, but it is my favorite feature! They also have done exactly what they are supposed to do. Less bow rise when taking off, plane out at a lower speed and quicker from a start. Fantastic product, and really easy to install.
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Made a huge difference
by James from Macomb, Illinois on June 06, 2012
These tabs made a huge difference on my boat! It gets on plane at a lower speed and bow rise upon takeoff is pretty much eliminated. Also, I no longer get chine walk at high speeds. I ordered the 80 pound actuators (per the selection info from Nauticus), but they are too much for my boat. Nauticus is replacing them at no cost with 60 pound actuators. (They also were extremely helpful as I was installing them, responding to email questions very quickly and sending me photos to help with the installation.) Great product and outstanding customer support! A very good value for the money.
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SX Smart tabs
by Carlos from Miami, Florida on July 06, 2011
the boat increased its performance greatly. No more bow up, no more bumps and no more weight concern. I love it!
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Works fantastic on my Chaparral
by a Customer from Ridgewood, New Jersey on April 21, 2011
I have a 2005 21' Chaparral and wanted to get a little more performance out of the boat on the hole shot. I did some research and found some amazing claims on the iboats' forums. I took the plunge and ordered these Smart Tab. The really do work as advertised and I could not be more pleased. Install was pretty simple and they look OEM. I would recommend to my friends. Wayne
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Manufacturer's Response:
by a Customer on April 08, 2011

During the manufacturing process we found that there were design issues with the SX9510 series of Smart Tabs in early production. This was primarily noticed on boats with deep V type hulls, V8 power, and boats capable of speeds in excess of 55 mph. In all cases we provided replacements (of new design) to the consumer at no charge.

The specific change since the introduction are the Tab plate hinge bosses, tab plate ribs, Hinge plate bosses, and replacement of the Spread and Lock hinge pins with nylon bolts and lock nuts. Since these changes have been made, the rate of warrantee claims has been reduced to less than 2% which includes product returns of all types. In some cases the returned product was never used.

In summery, we are confident that all of the issues with the SX series have been resolved. We are always looking to improve product quality and consumer satisfaction. We guarantee our products 100% or your money back

Best Regards,

John E. DeAgro

Nauticus, Inc.

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Not Reliable
by Robert from Corpus Christi, Texas on July 27, 2010
Lost everthing but mounting brackets on fourth use!
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Review for SX Smart Tabs Trim Tabs for Boat Length 18' - 22' FT and 150-240 HP - Nauticus
by a Customer on July 13, 2009
trim tabs r great except the plastic hardware that is provided is no good.sugest replaceing hardware with stainless or new trim tabs will be at the botom of lake and you will be left with mounting bracket oh joy. 4 slide pins & 4 plastic nuts & bolts no good
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Great Product-Fast Delivery
by Bartlett from Mulkeytown, Illinois on August 06, 2014
Everything arrived on time and as expected. Great service!!
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Works exactly as promised
by John from Mobile, Alabama on June 26, 2014
Product is perfect on a 13' whaler, keeps the bow from pointing to the sky when accelerating from a stop, helps it ride much more smoothly.
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Works Great
by Phil from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on September 13, 2014
Meets all expectations and work great.
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Starcraft Starchief revived
by Christopher from Roy, Utah on September 04, 2014
I picked these up at the recommendation of a fellow StarCraft restorer, Installed on my freshly restored 1963 18ft StarCraft StarChief. Install went smoothly, and my first outing really made a difference, they really helped keep my bow down at all speeds. Overall just a much better ride and experience with these installed on my stern heavy boat. If I n doubt, watch the video's on Nauticus's website, they pretty much do everything they advertise. And I did notice the blemish, however I could only see the lines on the bottom of the tabs, good stuff for a bottom feeder such as my self.
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A best investment for the money
by Robert from Okanogan, Washington on August 17, 2014
These smart tabs work flawlessly, up on a plane with hardly any bow rise in just a few seconds while still under 20 MPH. They also smoothed out the ride in choppy water and add a boatload of stability in big waves. 2 thumbs up for these Nauticus tabs!
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Smart Tabs
by William from Kent, Ohio on July 28, 2014
Great!
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SX Smart Tabs Are Great Product!
by Michael from Titusville, Florida on June 29, 2014
Product arrived fast. They were easy to install. I could not wait to get boat out on the water to experience the ride. Performance was what all the reviews I had read about were. Boat planed up easily at slower speeds with very little bow rise compared to bow rise without them. The boat tracked much better than before them and rode oh so much better. Unfortunately my motor quit before I really had time to enjoy them. Damn carburetors. I look forward to get boat up running again to enjoy the new improved ride. I would recommend them for anyone whose boat struggles from extreme bow rise for sure. Totally Satisfied Dudes!
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SX Smart Tabs Are Great Product!
by Michael from Titusville, Florida on June 29, 2014
Product arrived fast. They were easy to install. I could not wait to get boat out on the water to experience the ride. Performance was what all the reviews I had read about were. Boat planed up easily at slower speeds with very little bow rise compared to bow rise without them. The boat tracked much better than before them and rode oh so much better. Unfortunately my motor quit before I really had time to enjoy them. Damn carburetors. I look forward to getting boat up running again to enjoy the new improved ride. I would recommend them for anyone whose boat struggles from extreme bow rise for sure. Totally Satisfied Dudes!
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excellent product
by Roy from Mountain Home, Arkansas on April 14, 2014
first the shipping, great, recieved quickly and in great condition. second: the smart tabs work great and were easy to install, my boat now planes off almost immediatly with very little bow-rise at lower speeds. excellent product.
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Incredible
by Stephen from South Williamsport, Pennsylvania on August 27, 2014
I bought a new Stingray 208LR with a 4.3 MPI in April of this year. I love the boat design and features but had 2 frustrating issues. First was bow rise out of the hole. Even with some people sitting in the bow, the rise was excessive. Second issue was trim. If you touched the trim button, you instantly started to porpose . I purchased Nauticus SX smart tabs with 80# actuators. Once I got by having to drill 20 holes in a new boat, they installed in less than an hour. The change this product made in my boat is incredible. I am instantly on plane with hole shots. I can now trim the boat to meet any water condition. Lastly, my WOT GPS speed is 57.8 MPH WITH A 14.25 x 23 prop. Thank you Nauticus. Steve PA
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Best money I ever spent on my boat
by Jeff from Ventura, California on July 28, 2014
I could not believe how much of a difference these made immediately on my boat. The boat now planes almost instantly and it is drastically easier to keep my 19' Stingray at the right speed for my daughters to ski. No longer fighting the porpoising or the constant speed fluctuations. Best $100 I EVER spent on my boat.
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awesome
by Richard from Lake Havasu City, Arizona on June 28, 2014
Installed on my 16' jet and couldn't believe diffrence in stability and speed...quick delivery,easy install.great operation
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Review for "Factory Blemish" SX Smart Tabs For Boat Length 18' - 22' FT and 150-240 HP -
by a Customer on March 31, 2009
All looks in excellent condition. I read something about removing half the pressure in the two shock absorbers for a better operation. I wouldn't do that unless it was in the instructions however there is nothing stated about doing anything to make them work properly. So are the two shock absorbers suppose to compress by hand? They don't seem to move at all. Thanks, Bob.
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Faizel - Purchased the wrong model
by John from Brecksville, Ohio on March 19, 2013
We are disappointed that you purchased the wrong model for your boat and did not have a good experience. We (at Nauticus) do our best to insure that our customers are satisfied, including our written Performance Guaranty (money back). As a matter of information we have a toll free customer service number (800-233-0194) which works in Canada as well. We do not use computerized responses to customer service calls – we answer the phone when it rings (during business hours. Under the section on our web site titled Install Instructions we have posted a large assortment of installed photos which may have helped as well. In any case we would be happy to assist you at any time.
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Not universal, no response to emails
by Faizal from Calgary, Alberta on June 05, 2012
The transom on my boat is set at an angle, so the actuators are not long enough to reach the transom, although there is not mention of this on the website. The nauticus website says you can convert smart tabs into pro-trollers with the extra attachment, but it does not work with these. These tabs have a stop of 25 degrees, which prevents them from shifing into the trolling position. This was the main reason I bought the tabs. Another $50 down the drain. Nauticus did not respond to several of my emails which made a bad situation worse. Installation will cost me AT LEAST 3-4 times the cost of the smart tabs because of the transom angle. Buyer beware!
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trim tabs
by Mark from Corbin City, New Jersey on August 02, 2011
could have made them a little more heavy duty,parts on the acuator need more beef. I bought my own stainless bolts did not use the plastic ones supplied.
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trim tabs on my vip deck boat
by Dale from Tuttle, Oklahoma on June 20, 2011
Best $150 i could of spent on my boat!!! Makes the boat feel bigger than what it is, and helps boat ride alot better in rough water..
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Q:
Is this a set or one trim tab?
A:
Yes, this comes as a pair of trim tabs.
Q:
Is that SX-9510-60BL should be a good choice for Lowe Jon Frontier 1860 ( 600 pds ) Merc 60hp 4stroke ( 260 pds ) myself 250 pds 10 gal fuel 3 batteries ( 200 pds ) electric motor and friend ? Or that 40BL will be enough?
A:
Unfortunately, we do not offer technical assistance and do not have the sources to determine whether this will work for your application or not. We suggest posting a question on our Forum page, where thousands of boaters visit every day and may be able to offer you some assistance. You can access the Forum at http://forums.iboats.com/
Q:
The title of this listing says the trim tabs are for 18-22 feet boat and 150-240 HP. The detail in the ad where it says APPLICATION reads "APPLICATION Boat Type Boat Length Motor Size Motor Type Part Number Ribs, Flats?
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The "application" part is for product families not for that specific product. Application to that specific product is in the description.
Q:
The title of this listing says the trim tabs are for 18-22 feet boat and 150-240 HP. The detail in the ad where it says APPLICATION reads "APPLICATION Boat Type Boat Length Motor Size Motor Type Part Number Ribs, Flats Bay, Bow Riders, Fish Ski 13', 14', 15' 30 HP to 40 HP 2 Stroke." Which ones you selling?
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