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Offline Fisherdv

Can Lenco electric trim tabs in the full down position slow trolling speed? Has anyone tried this? I’m sure they wouldn’t slow trolling speed very much, but maybe a bit? If anyone has tried this, how much slower with the tabs fully deployed?  :shrug9:
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Hydroman

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 08:59:05 PM »
I have Linco Electric there it doesn't appear that the tabs would cause any noticeable drag at trolling speeds.  I have been able lower the trolling speed when using my main motor by trimming the engine up, just be careful not to trim too much to starve cooling water.

Jim

Offline Yachter Yat

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 05:51:08 AM »
    I imagine a trolling plate, along with those tabs lowered, would prove to be quite effective.

Yat
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16 SC/Honda 60

Online 58Johnson

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 09:58:45 AM »
I have tried your method. Trolling into the wind they take a nominal amount of speed off (.1 to .2 mph on a 16 SeaChaser). When trolling with the wind they aid the natural surging of the seas and make speed control much more difficult.
I suggest Amish Outfitters trolling bags if you want to scub a little speed off. The smaller bags work great with a 16 fter.
2002 Sea Chaser 15 11
Yamaha F70 Yamaha F8

Offline Threeweight

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 10:00:24 AM »
Tabs don't really create much drag at all at displacement speeds.  They are designed to lift the stern at planing speeds... if they created much drag they'd kill your fuel economy (they do the opposite).

Guys who don't want kickers out here are forced to either use a trolling plate on the main, or to drag drift socks (or even 5 gallon buckets on a rope) from side cleats.  Both work "ok" but you are still racking up hours on the main.
Former Sea Chaser 17 owner
Wild Card, Hewescraft Ocean Pro 220, Honda 225 and 9.9

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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 10:09:47 AM »
Ya I will really need a kicker motor at some point for the reasons mentioned. My troll control switch for the main does help but would still like to shave .5 or so. And I really don’t like dragging buckets. Also, I troll about 75% of my fishing time so that would rack up a lot of  hours on the main
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline J Chaser

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 10:11:57 AM »
Nope. You should be able to troll fine with that 60.

I use my F70 a lot when I want to sit up front under cover.

J.
Sea Chaser 1511, Yamaha F70, Yamaha F6 kicker

Offline Markshoreline

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 04:37:20 PM »
If you want to lower trolling speed without purchasing a motor how about getting one of those $96 4 blade props being discussed in another post?
2002 Sea Ranger HT 21, Yamaha 150, Yamaha 9.9

Offline blindmonkey

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2018, 05:14:12 PM »
John try an EZ Steer for steering and an iTroll for kicker speed control. One of the best improvements I have made so I can use the kicker effectively from the helm.
Lorne
2013 17' Sea Chaser, Honda 90, Yamaha F8
1994 Sea Explorer, Mercury 60, SOLD

Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2018, 05:27:06 PM »
If you want to lower trolling speed without purchasing a motor how about getting one of those $96 4 blade props being discussed in another post?
Thats me. I got the 4-blade. I really didn’t take note of the Trolling speed yet I will check next time out
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2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can Lenco electric trim tabs also be used to slow down trolling speed?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2018, 06:19:25 PM »
 I know that a lower pitch prop will definitely slow trolling speed but then you give up the performance at the higher rpm’s, i’ve heard of people modifying the smart tabs so they drop all the way down but with the Lencos I don’t think they go down far enough to have any real difference in troll speed
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP