| | Trim tabs on 53 Carver
I use tabs on my 53 for several reasons.
1) In a choppy head sea with 4-5 footers on the nose I put the tabs all the way down to help keep the bow down.
2) Running down the wave field in 8-10 footers at 25-27 knots I make sure the tabs are off to prevent ploughing as you drop off the back side of the wave (fresh water waves being a bit steeper than salt water)
3)I have the 675-D12's. The trim tabs give me an extra 2-3 knots on the top end in smooth conditions.
This could be due to a heavier than normal weight bias toward the stern.
- The D12's seem to weigh the boat 3-4 inches lower in the water than my neighbor's 53 with the smaller engines.
- An extended swim platform allows me to put a 12 foot dinghy with a 30hp motor mounted on the stern. (add 1,000 lb)
-Extra house batteries in the stern add about 500 lb.
Despite the rear weight bias, I only use tabs when getting on plane with full tanks.