Question on trim tabs on a 03 Sea Ray 245 weekender

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by Oriderusa, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Oriderusa

    Oriderusa New Member

    13
    Jan 24, 2017
    Port St. Lucie Florida
    2003 245 Weekender
    5.0 117 hrs
    Boat is very new to me, and the trim tabs rockers are on the front panel. My question is if I push the rockers UP, does that lift the trims up, as in closer to the boat? There are no markings on the tabs now. I just need to know what way to press the rockers to retract them closer to the stern of the boat. Sounds crazy but I dry dock my boat and they need to be retracted for the lift to pick up the boat.
    Thanks for any help on this.
     
  2. KevinC

    KevinC Active Member

    922
    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Trim tab button operations vs function can get to be confusing. The buttons controlling the position of the bow above water and their function is almost the reverse. To retract both tabs up push and hold both bow up buttons (these are the lower side of each the rockers). Also keep in mind that individually the starboard button controls the port tab and vice versa.

    Here is a good explanation of the use of the tabs:
    http://www.bennetttrimtabs.com/how-do-i-use-my-trim-tabs/

    -Kevin
     
  3. Oriderusa

    Oriderusa New Member

    13
    Jan 24, 2017
    Port St. Lucie Florida
    2003 245 Weekender
    5.0 117 hrs
    Thanks a lot Kevin, it makes some sense now. Will try the next time I'm out in the water.
     
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    There would have originally been markings on the buttons (if OEM), but they could be worn off. Along with what Kevin said, there's a caveat... That's the way it works if they were installed by Sea Ray. If they were installed by a PO, they could be wired differently. It's also possible that a PO rewired them. Best way to know... just look at them.
     

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