Tabs up = retracted = not in use Tabs down = deployed = in use Typically we reference where the actual tabs are in conversations. However, when using the tabs, it's easiest to think in reference to what you want the bow to do. Now, just to make it more confusing... In actuality, the buttons control the opposite side tab. The only reason I mentioned "start with the tabs up" was to help in getting used to them. Once you are, you can decide to use them, or not, to get on plane. There's many factors that play into whether or not you're going to use the tabs... hull design, load, wave/wind condition, etc. I usually start with the tabs part way down, most of the time. But, it really just depends on all of the variables and experience. There are "tab indicator" gauges available, but I don't know if it can be simply added on the current rams, or if they have to be replaced. Either way, I would recommend saving your money and just getting used to them... seat of the pants style.