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Old 01-11-2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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We are new to owning a boat. We purchased our 1800SR3 with wake tower. Have a couple questions

Considering trim tabs any thoughts from anyone on here?

Also think I may have a problem with fuel gauge. One of last times we had it out at the end of season we ran out of gas. When it died the gauge read about 1/4 but after nice boater nearby gave us 5 gallon of gas it started right up. Any thoughts?


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Old 01-30-2017, 02:54 PM   #2
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We are new to owning a boat. We purchased our 1800SR3 with wake tower. Have a couple questions

Considering trim tabs any thoughts from anyone on here?

Also think I may have a problem with fuel gauge. One of last times we had it out at the end of season we ran out of gas. When it died the gauge read about 1/4 but after nice boater nearby gave us 5 gallon of gas it started right up. Any thoughts?


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Old 01-30-2017, 03:27 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard "jcbogie65"!!!!

Firstly boat fuel guages are notoriously inaccurate. In some cases it is because of the shape of the tank. If the tank has a V bottom, then when the sender is halfway down the tank, it's actually more like 1/3 full due to the decreased capacity down in the V shaped portion of the tank. The tank sender also takes a beating and is constantly moving. As a result, they sometimes require replacement. Most will last many, many years (mine has been there for 20 yes), however they do periodically go.

You could replace the fuel sender. You could go high end and get a solid-state sender which tend to take a beating and have higher duty cycles, though that wouldn't fix issues with tank shape.
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Welcome aboard "jcbogie65"!!!!

Firstly boat fuel guages are notoriously inaccurate. In some cases it is because of the shape of the tank. If the tank has a V bottom, then when the sender is halfway down the tank, it's actually more like 1/3 full due to the decreased capacity down in the V shaped portion of the tank. The tank sender also takes a beating and is constantly moving. As a result, they sometimes require replacement. Most will last many, many years (mine has been there for 20 yes), however they do periodically go.

You could replace the fuel sender. You could go high end and get a solid-state sender which tend to take a beating and have higher duty cycles, though that wouldn't fix issues with tank shape.


Thank you.! I was thinking it was the constant movement and bouncing but wanted an opinion.

Thank you again for the reply


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Old 02-02-2017, 01:43 PM   #5
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You will like trim tabs. I had good results by initially installing them level with the hull. You can always adjust the tabs to correct a list.
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I will second for trim tabs. You might be able to get away with Smart Tabs, but I would opt for dynamically adjustable tabs such as Bennett or Lenco. Bennett are hydraulic, Lenco are electric. Bennett has a much wider industry penetration and adoption.
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Thanks for the info jrsick & shrew


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Old 02-23-2017, 07:50 PM   #8
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I installed Smart Tabs on my 2100SR. Wow! What a difference they made. I do only inland lake boating and don't attempt to go out in bad weather so I wasn't too concerned about spending $ for hydraulic/electric ones.

You'll find a lot of polarizing opinions about the Smart Tabs but for the occasional recreational boater I don't hesitate in saying it was the best $100 I've spent on the boat yet!

No more porpising, planes off VERY quickly and improves ride quality for passengers. My wife even made a comment about how much 'smoother' the boat was after installing them.

They are easy to install, took me ~45 minutes and I haven't looked back since.
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Which model did you get ?
Could you post a photo, I xdo the same type of boating
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:59 PM   #10
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I have Lenco trim tabs on my 1900 SR3. Absolutely love them for balancing, anti porpising and hull shots.
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