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Nauticus Smart Tabs SX

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9.5" X 10"

SX9510-30BL

SX9510-30BL

  • $129.99

  • SKU: 1828429

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SX9510-40BL

SX9510-40BL

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SX9510-60BL

SX9510-60BL

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SX9510-80BL

SX9510-80BL

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10.5" X 12"

SX10512-70DB

SX10512-70DB

  • $159.99

  • SKU: 1828463

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10.5" X 12"

SX10512-90DB

SX10512-90DB

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From small boats to large craft, the Smart Tabs™ SX automatic trim and stabilizer system provides unequaled performance with smoother and faster acceleration. The durable, maintenance-free Smart Tabs SX system improves fuel efficiency by up to 11%, while also improving handling by automatically adjusting to water pressure. At slow speeds, the Smart Tabs SX deploy downward to increase stern lift and keep the boat level, allowing the boat to plane easier and faster. At cruising speeds, Smart Tabs SX are pushed to a horizontal position but remain under load, creating ride control like shock absorbers. Molded from rust- and corrosion-free composite materials, the easy-to-install Smart Tabs SX system uses a nitrogen gas actuator to hold the plates down during acceleration and provide lift to the stern. Plate size and pressure are determined by the boat size and horsepower at the time of installation. After installation, Smart Tabs SX can be tuned to your preference.

  • Smoother and faster acceleration (great for skiing)
  • 40% less bow rise and 35% lower on plane speed (great for tubing)
  • More top speed and no porpoising or chine walking
  • Improves handling and smoother ride in any water
  • Improved fuel economy (11%+)
  • Molded composite material is rust-and corrosion-free
  • Free demonstration and installation DVD included

Click here to view Smart Tabs SX Application Chart

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 11 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nauticus Smart Tabs Istalled on my 21ft Carolina Skiff. Yes, I could have spent the extra $600 and got the adjustable tabs but these did all I needed them to do. Improved hole shop and reduced the porposing at WOT. July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by As good as advertised Put these on my 19’ Bullet deep V. Great hole shot, almost take off on plane. Helps cut through rough water like a champ. Eliminates chine all together. No top end decrease. Wish I had purchased sooner. Only problem I fear is when my son take boat out wake boarding, that he or his friends may try to use as a step to board boat and damage product… You know teenagers, no matter what you tell them, they know everything and listen to nothing! If the tabs get broken, the boys can pay for the cost of replacement. Then they will learn that not listening to dad costs. September 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by More than I imagined I have a '85 Bayliner 19' open bow that took a very long time to get on plan AND had a very chopping ride AND was uneven in the back left side dipped a little. I read the reviews on this product and hoped that AT LEAST the tabs would level my boat out in the back. First off, the tabs were very simple to put on and that is saying a lot coming from someone who had very little mechanical experience. Secondly I took her out on the water and the boat leveled out immediately, she was on plan faster and at a higher speed the ride was not choppy at all. I was so amazed how smoothly she glided across the water. I would recommend this product to anyone!! August 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Product! 100% Effective- I had never used this type of device before but discoved that I needed something to stop porposing on a 2013 18' aluminum, bass boat. I orderd the boat with a hydraulic jack plate and this setup created a bad porposing issue while the boat is on plane. These tabs completely eliminated the issue and do all the manufacturer claims. I called Nauticus for details on exact placement and found them to be knowledgable and very helpful. Install is very simple and clean. Install can interfere with your tie down straps on the back and might require you to relocater sending units or such. In my case, I only had to relocate my sending unit. Nauticus has accurate info at their webiste. and any replacement parts are available and reasonably priced. I have not found these to affect trolling/fishing adversly but did change the top nylon screws with 3/8" lock pins for easy release of the tab cylinders on the water for extreme shallow water manuvering. Boat gets on plane much flatter, faster, and with less power. Makes boat feel more stable in turns as well. Worth the money for - no doubt. December 18, 2012
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How do these install on aluminum boat? Do they need to be bolted through the transom with a washer and nut on the other side or do they just screw into the hull from the outside of the boat and no need to do anything from inside the boat?
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Hi, thank you for your inquiry. Assembly can be completed in seconds and the installation in a few minutes. The only tools required are a drill with a 3/16" bit and a phillips screwdriver. Insulation instructions: http://www.nauticusinc.com/images/SX-INSTALL.gif and Video: http://www.nauticusinc.com/smart_tabsSX_automatic_trim_tabs.htm. Screw into the hull from the outside of the boat.
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2006 Tracker Pro Team 170 TX with 2006 4 stroke mercury 9.9 EL.

Just looking to get the boat up on plane.

Cannot replace engine due to HP limited small lakes.

What model Smart Tab should I try?
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Not sure which ones you need to buy. I put a set on my 19’ Bullet. Love them is all I can say. Almost on a plan at takeoff. My son and his friends ski and wakeboard. These made a world of difference for them too. Get them, you wont be disappointed.
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Item number 1828431 is listed to fit a 16’, 17’, and 18’+ Outboard Boat, which should fit your 2006 Tracker Pro Team 170 TX. Thanks

Chart: http://www.nauticusinc.com/pdf/nauticus_large_sx_sell_sheet.pdf
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I have a 2012 Bass Tracker 175TXW and am wondering which model to use on my boat and if they will help slow down the trolling speed of the motor? I have a 4 stroke 60 HP EFI.
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Nauticus makes a troll tab for that purpose. "Pro Troller" you need the lever bracket that nauticus sells to replace the top stationary bracket on the smart tabs- it holds the tabs in a lower position for slower trolling.
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we have a 21.5 foot cuddy and are trying to get it to slow down tried two trolling plates and just want to be able to fish. It has a 5.0 inboard motor? Thank you for you time.
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I don't think this will slow down your boat for trolling....I suggest you get one or two five gallon buckets, drill one inch holes around all sides and several thru the bottom....drag the buckets to the side of your boat with rope when trolling. They will drop your speed some. I drag one bucket on my boat so I can increase rpm's to a more favorable range while remaining at a slower speed for trolling..

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Yes, make sure you get the correct size. Pro Trollers on my 16' Bass Tracker Pro Guide slow the idle speed from about 2.4 mph to about 1.6 mph depending on wind and current
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Smart Tabs will not decrease you top speed unless you are running a light hull too small for the recommended hydraulic cylinders or tab bodies too large. Be sure to follow NaticusInc advice on sizing and piston strentgh. (60 or 80 pounds)
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No, my top speed increased slightly from 25 mph to 26.8 mph
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No they actualy increase speed by allowing you to trim the motor up higher.
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I haven't noticed much change with uneven weight listing while at high speed, but my boat was pretty stable to begin with. I'm sure they help, but not as much as you might think.
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They help a little with listing. But I'm using them on a narrow beam (75") alum. boat. I don't think they are made to solve listing. They work well at planing speed and deceleration in following seas
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You won't need the cavitation plate hydrofoil devices of any kind-- it is not recommended that you try to use both- they work against each other.. The tabs will make you wonder why you ever used the hydrofoil.
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I'd say yes. They mount on the outside edge of the transom. I don't think you'd need the Hydra Foil with Pro Trollers.
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I am John From Nauticus / Smart Tabs and will be happy to help you or any other consumer with technical questions.

A hydrofoil is an additional planing device as are Trim Tabs of any type. It is never a good idea to add two planing devices, especially those which can not or are not adjustable. Because the Hydrofoil is a fixed device it will lift the stern at an increasing rate as the speed increases. This in combination with trim tabs will drive the bow into the water creating handling problems such as listing to the left, laying over hard in turns, and bow steering (wandering).

Trim tabs are more effective since they start in a deployed position (angled down to get more lift sooner) and can be adjusted to the needs of the individual boat.

In short - do not use both.

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