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I have a 1988 Parker 23SE since new and have had 3 different engines on it but never trim tabs. Tell me what I am missing by not having trim tabs. And what size trim tabs are optimal for this boat? I know Parker uses 12 x 12 for this boat, but Bennett recommended 24 x 9 to me. Thanks

Attached is a picture of my 23SE after my converting it to a dual console set up which I like very much. I can post more pictures if anyone is interested.
 

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I have a 1988 Parker 23SE since new and have had 3 different engines on it but never trim tabs. Tell me what I am missing by not having trim tabs. And what size trim tabs are optimal for this boat? I know Parker uses 12 x 12 for this boat, but Bennett recommended 24 x 9 to me. Thanks

Attached is a picture of my 23SE after my converting it to a dual console set up which I like very much. I can post more pictures if anyone is interested.
Do you have trouble getting up on plane? Do you find the boat leaning to the left or right? Unbalanced load? People moving around? If not, then you may not benefit from tabs.
Our Parker (2520XLD) has factory-installed trim-tabs. I don't use/need them to get on plane, but I find them very useful to balance the boat when listing to port or starboard. Now, I would not want this type/size of outboard boat that didn't have them; ('if you never had sugar in your coffee, you you wouldn't know to miss it'). The boat runs best and is more comfortable when it is not leaning to one side or the other. Our tabs are 12" wide X 20" long; they would work better if they were 20" wide X 12" long... From advice here on CP, most folks recommend them to be 'sized' "longer width/ shorter length, and I can see where that is an advantage. If for no other reason, ours are in the way sticking out that far! Your Bennett recommendation of 24" X 9" is the favorable way to installed them. As for sizing, it sounds like that would be a good size for your boat; some might say 'over-sized? but I think the largest size that fits the space is best.
 
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I have a 1988 Parker 23SE since new and have had 3 different engines on it but never trim tabs. Tell me what I am missing by not having trim tabs. And what size trim tabs are optimal for this boat? I know Parker uses 12 x 12 for this boat, but Bennett recommended 24 x 9 to me. Thanks

Attached is a picture of my 23SE after my converting it to a dual console set up which I like very much. I can post more pictures if anyone is interested.
If for some reason you think this crowd would be upset if you posted more pictures of your converted duel-console Parker, you would be mistaken! ☺
This is the first one I've seen like this; yes. more pictures would be great! Did you do it yourself?
(One thing missing on your Parker, are Parker emblems; hey, get with the program!)
 

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I know Parker uses 12 x 12 for this boat, but Bennett recommended 24 x 9 to me.
12X 12 are not Big enough. The Wider the plane.....the less it must be deflected to get results. This results is less drag and better fuel Millage. 24's are pretty Damn wide on a 23ftr with a 8 1/2 beam. On 23's I usually recommend 18's.

I can tell you... 2 identical boats.... 1 has 12 X 12's The other has 24's......The one with 24's will get better millage.

The 24;s may very well look out of place and not be a good fit.... Look at the installation instructions....Do some measuring.....BEFORE you order..... I think your gonna find that the 18's are a better fit.
 

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12X 12 are not Big enough. The Wider the plane.....the less it must be deflected to get results. This results is less drag and better fuel Millage. 24's are pretty Damn wide on a 23ftr with a 8 1/2 beam. On 23's I usually recommend 18's.

I can tell you... 2 identical boats.... 1 has 12 X 12's The other has 24's......The one with 24's will get better millage.

The 24;s may very well look out of place and not be a good fit.... Look at the installation instructions....Do some measuring.....BEFORE you order..... I think your gonna find that the 18's are a better fit.
I agree with you on this, was thinking the 24's might be too wide for that hull. Hitting the switch on the 9'6" hull with 24's for just a second makes a difference! To answer the question, I use mine a lot in everything from running shallower to heavy seas!
 

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all my parkers had trim tabs because they came to me with them. i know there are guys that love tabs. personally, i rarely if ever use them on my 23 se cc. i find the motor trim more than adequate for that boat while running and its so stable i’ve never had a leaning issue.
 

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