Last updated on March 14th, 2023 at 12:46 am
Bennett trim tabs are small surfaces that are attached to the trailing edge of the boat. Its main work is to help control trims. Essentially, it is used to counter hydrodynamic forces and stabilize your vessel without requiring you to keep applying force via the controls. You are only required to adjust the relative angle of the tab in relation to the larger control surface.
Trim tabs improve your boat’s performance by adjusting and maintaining its running angle. They also help your boat get on the required plane fast while at the same time reducing the bow rise. Additionally, they increase the efficiency and performance of the vessel, even in turbulent waters. Boat owners also use Bennett trim tabs to correct the rhythmic bouncing of the boat in case of a change in sea conditions. You have a choice of hydraulic, BOLT electric, and Bennett self-leveling trim tabs. However, they offer similar benefits. Now let’s review some of the key components of the system.
Bennett Trim Tab Parts
The Bennett trim tabs are made of the control unit, a power unit (pump), an actuator assembly, and a trim plane. The control unit has indicator lights for different controls and control buttons to change the orientation of the plane while the power unit powers the unit underwater. It may be either a hydraulic or a purely electric one.
On the other hand, the actuator is responsible for controlling the mechanism of the plane either electronically or by the use of hydraulics.
The plane comes with backing plates to enhance its efficiency when in operation. Several smaller parts make up each of these major parts.
Bennett Trim Tab Switch
Bennett sells both hydraulic and electric trim tab switches, depending on the system you choose for your boat. Each of the switch times an ergonomic design for the ease of clicking. They are also marine-grade switches that do not deteriorate due to exposure to moisture. The action on each side of the click is shown on the panel. These switches are also pre-wired. All you are required is to plug them into the right outlets.
Bennett Trim Tab Pump
You may use the standard or the dual active trim tab pump for your Bennett trim tabs. The pump is the system that controls the hydraulics to determine the movement of the plane. In the pump, you will find the hydraulic fluid and electric system that receives instructions from the switch. It is handy and very efficient.
Bennett Trim Tab Indicator
The trim tab indicator control system comes with a soft-touch helm control, auto tab retractor feature and an indicator. There are LEDs on either side of the switch to show you the status of the plane at any time. You can control the intensity of the light on the LED, depending on the time of the day. The tab indicator is water-resistant. Therefore, it will not be damaged with an occasional splash.
Bennett Trim Tab Conversion Kit
The Bennett Hydraulic to BOLT Electric Conversion Kit contains everything that you need for a quick and simple conversion from Bennett hydraulic actuators to Bennett’s BOLT Electric actuators. With this conversion kit you won’t need to do any new wiring or drilling. It also comes with a Lifetime warranty.
Bennett has made effective and easy to control trim tabs. It also has various options depending on your preferences. However, whether going for hydraulic or self-leveling trim tabs, you get the same equality performance and a wealth of features. Bennett trim tabs systems are also easy to install, and you can replace individual parts.
Be sure to also check out our Nauticus smart tabs review, or learn about the Lenco trim tab switch kit.