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  • Adjustable Wake Plate


    berndtmj
    • Year: 1998 Brand: Centurion Model / Trim: Elite Bowrider Device Type : Tab Style Surf Device Material: Stainless Steel Control: Powered via Switches (no controller) Cost: $250-$499 Platform Type: Teak

    Our boat originally had a semi-adjustable wake plate, I wanted a little more adjustability and easier adjustability.

    Bought a Lenco Airboat Trim Tab Kit.

    Had to modify the mount on the tab or actually had to add a mount to get it further out on the tab. Space was the biggest issue as we obviously wanted to stay under the swim platform.

    Originally I was going to remove the old plate completely but found if I left it and cut it back it gave me the space I needed for the actuator and I didn't have to patch holes and add holes to the boat because of course the new tab hinge holes didn't line up with the original holes.

    I didn't take pictures of the bench set up, but we clamped it to the bench and then used a piece of plywood to represent the transom, battery pack to run actuator.

    Trimmed back original wake plate.

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    Tab in the up position

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    Tab in Deployed Position I'm may slide the actuator 1 hole closer to transom. 

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    Just a simple momentary dpdt switch to control tab. 

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    Moved the the position of actuator on wake plate. Doesn't go up as far, still have about 5/8" to 3/4" above level with bottom of boat in up position, but goes down way further.

    New Up Position

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    New Down Position

     

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    interesting design on that with the lips turned up.  for what it's worth, if you're surfing with that boat you may need the "up" position to be slightly higher.  i've noticed on my centurion that for surfing and wakeboarding, the wave is definitely better with the stock trim tab all the way up.

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    57 minutes ago, jtryon said:

    interesting design on that with the lips turned up.  for what it's worth, if you're surfing with that boat you may need the "up" position to be slightly higher.  i've noticed on my centurion that for surfing and wakeboarding, the wave is definitely better with the stock trim tab all the way up.

    Yeah, that's what I was kind of thinking after I made the switch. It takes about 2 minutes to change the position.

    Appreciate the insight.

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    If it was me I would move it back to you original position or just be careful on your first water test. Too much deployed angle can literally start pushing the bow down so hard you will submarine in the right conditions and swamp the boat. 

    Had to replace a whole run of plates one year on Tiges because the plates were too long so at full deployment the bow would stuff it thru wakes/chop. 

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    4 hours ago, freeheel4life said:

    If it was me I would move it back to you original position or just be careful on your first water test. Too much deployed angle can literally start pushing the bow down so hard you will submarine in the right conditions and swamp the boat. 

    Had to replace a whole run of plates one year on Tiges because the plates were too long so at full deployment the bow would stuff it thru wakes/chop. 

    That was my worry too. 

    Thanks for making me even more paranoid now. 

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    5 hours ago, jtryon said:

    interesting design on that with the lips turned up.  

    It’s designed for an air boat. I bought it because it was the right size more or less, came as a complete setup for only a little more than a standalone actuator. Originally I was going to hinge the original plate but figured this would be easier. 

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    54 minutes ago, berndtmj said:

    That was my worry too. 

    Thanks for making me even more paranoid now. 

    Lol. Didnt mean to get you worried. Just figured I'd rather start with not being able to keep the bow down enough and move to more bow down(more deployed angle) if needed than start out in submarine mode lol

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    9 hours ago, freeheel4life said:

    Lol. Didnt mean to get you worried. Just figured I'd rather start with not being able to keep the bow down enough and move to more bow down(more deployed angle) if needed than start out in submarine mode lol

    I looked more tonight and agree that it needs more up movement and less down. 

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