Are Trim Tabs Worthwhile? - What You Need to Know

Trim Tabs

Many boat owners ask the question about whether it’s worth the time and money adding trim tabs to their boat. They incorrectly believe trim tabs are only needed on cruisers and large boats though the reality is they make an even bigger difference on smaller boats.  

The weight in your boat, weather and water conditions means every boat trip is different. With trim tabs fitted, adverse conditions can be overcome and the lift of your boat increased to help maintain the optimum cruising position.

Are Trim Tabs Worthwhile? - What You Need to Know

How Trim Tabs Work

The trim tabs give the boat an additional lift which helps to decrease your boat’s weight while making the boat easier to control and provides a more comfortable ride. The increased lift reduces stress and resistance on the boat’s hull.

The installation of trim tabs is quite easy. If you can use a drill, you can just attach trim tabs according to the installation instructions and you are ready to increase your boat performance.

Benefits of Trim Tabs

With the right size tabs, your boat can benefit from all of the following:

  • Helps to maintain your boat’s position
  • Improved control of your boat in all water conditions.
  • Decrease time in transition mode between displacement and planing
  • Reduced hull stress, wake and pounding
  • Reduce settling at stern (squatting) as speed decreases from maximum
  • Reduce listing and the need for occupants to balance boat
  • Improved safety
  • More comfortable ride with less pounding
  • Increased speed and handling
  • Improved visibility in the water
  • Reduced wake
  • Eliminate porpoising
  • Decreasing throttle for improved fuel consumption.


We stock all types of trim tabs to get your boat moving better through the water

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Maintaining Your Trim Tabs

After installing trim tabs on your boat, it is important you maintain them in good condition for optimal performance. If you use your boat often there is the possibility of wear and tear and a need to replace your trim tabs periodically.

Tips for maintaining your trim tabs:

  • Read the owner’s manual for maintenance instructions
  • Clean and check the electrical connection regularly
  • Paint your trim tabs with anti-fouling paint to prevent marine growth
  • Check your trim tab system’s fluid level regularly
  • Keep the surface of your trim tabs clean
  • Fix any problems you might experience

Trim Tab Sizing

Trim tab kits come in a range of sizes so it is important that you buy the right size tab for your boat. If the tab is too small, you will need more deflection in order to create the desired lift. The largest trim tab that will fit comfortably on your transom will be the most efficient. You should choose at least one inch of trim tab per foot of boat length.

With improved fuel consumption and less stress on your boat’s hull and motor, trim tabs have the ability to pay for themselves on a boat that is used often. Not only do trim tabs provide potential cost savings but they also make a boat more enjoyable to handle and ride.  

If you have any queries about any of the trim tabs and accessories Boat Accessories Australia provides, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team by calling 1300 308 161 or drop us an email.

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