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The trim tab modifies the propeller's thrust angle in relation to the hull; this trims the boat, thus optimising both speed, comfort and fuel consumption.

THE TRIM TAB, A KEY PERFORMANCE DRIVER  

The trim tab plays an essential role in optimising outboard performance. The trim tab modifies the propeller's thrust angle in relation to the hull; this trims the boat, thus optimising both speed and comfort. Trim tab control buttons are placed directly on the throttle control; using them should feel as natural as operating your car’s indicators.

Nowadays, most boats with a BENETEAU motor (outboard and inboard) include trim tabs. So, how can they be used most effectively to improve the driving experience?

NEGATIVE TRIM

A negative trim lowers the bow and gets the boat off to a good start by optimising propeller thrust. When making high-speed turns the trim keeps the propeller under water, thus making it easier for the pilot to control the boat. A negative trim also maintains the boat’s comfort in rough seas by limiting hull impacts when facing waves in a head sea.

NEUTRAL TRIM

neutral trim is best when sailing at cruising speed and helps control fuel consumption.

POSITIVE TRIM

positive trim lifts the front of the boat, minimising friction between the hull and the water thereby increasing the speed and making it easier to change direction. When sailing with a back wind and with the waves, a positive trim also provides greater comfort by easing the bow and reducing hull impacts.