Still trying to make a decision; Bennett's, Lenco's, Volvo QL's. Lots of proponents of each, and each has it's pros and cons, but I'm avoiding the "who's is better" debate and focusing on sizing and functionality instead.
Boat is an '04 2400 SC3; 8'6" beam, with a single Mag 350 and B3 drive. At 24', and reading the sizing charts for each manufacturer, it appears that two different size tabs are suggested. For instance:
- Bennett suggests their 18X9 tabs for a 19'-24' boat OR their 24X9 tabs for a 22'-27' boat (24" tabs seem HUGE for a 24' boat)
- Lenco says their 12X9 tabs for a 16'-25' boat OR their 18X9 for a 22'-30' boat.
- Volvo checks in with their QL300's for a 19'-24' boat OR their QL450's for a 22'-27' boat.
Interesting to note that Bennett says the smallest tab to use is 18X9 but Lenco says the smallest is 12X9 - significantly smaller than Bennett. I understand that a larger tab will provide more lift, but there must also be a down side to having more tab in the water. It appears that I could get by with using each companys smallest suggested tab.
Another question; either Volvo or Lenco suggests that their tabs won't be damaged when backing off the throttle. Something about Bennett tabs having a tendancy to fold under in that scenario. Is that a real issue with Bennetts when running at 45 and having to get out of the throttle real fast for some reason?
Finally, controls. Of the three, Volvo's pictogram control pad is - far and away, the most intuitive. But Bennett has their Automatic Tab Control which, on paper, sounds like the hot ticket to me because my tub has a bit of a list to starboard - even without me at the helm (which is one of the reasons I want to install tabs in the first place), and it seems the ATC will deal with that on it's own.
Anyone here using Bennett's ATC?
Really appreciate everyone's feed back.