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Trim tabs
« on: July 20, 2019, 10:32:56 PM »
I decided to open a new thread about this because it's been several years since I've seen any post about the trim tabs that Neily made for the ES-Kape.

Anybody know his whereabouts or what happened to him? Can they still be purchased? I sent private emails through the forum as well as to his personal email, but no response.

If there was a CAD file, we could have somebody else 3-D print them if he no longer wants to mess with it. I just wish there was a way to get my hands on a set, as I really don't want to design something from scratch, and don't think I could make them as durable as the material he was using. I would probably use something like starboard or abs, and that's not going to be as flexible as the one piece rubber or synthetic he used.

If anyone knows how I can get a set, please advise. The new ES-Kape 2.0  could really benefit from them. I'm also seeing them being an excellent place to mount a transducer. The angled hull shape is now creating a problem for the standard transducer, so doesn't leave many options to mount one. Off the back would probably have too much cavitation.

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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2019, 10:39:06 PM »
He had his ES-kape for sale a couple years ago, and hasn't replied to anyone's emails since, so I'd say it's safe to say he's out of the Mokai world and has no interest in replying. He had a mold that he was pouring the material he used into to make the tabs, don't remember what it was though, but I doubt there was any CAD file etc.. Think he made all his stuff by hand if I remember my conversations with him correctly.
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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2019, 10:49:16 PM »
Major bummer. I really didn't want to get into designing something from scratch. Seem like a good way to increase buoyancy, and may get the bow to come down a bit on the 2.0. If I recall tracking was improved as well.

Have any interest in creating a set on your 3-D printer Tom? Seem like there is a market for them.

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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2019, 10:57:21 PM »
Would take a very large 3D printer to make something like that. At least twice the size of either of mine.  And the trims tabs really didn't do anything for plane performance, just helped move the wake away from the engine compartment for less water infiltration and improved the tracking a little. Would be a good place to mount a transducer though.
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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2019, 11:14:17 PM »
Thanks Tom.

Looks like they are about 8x12? Will try to make up a few from some PVC, as that's easy to glue and should flex. Starboard may be too rigid. Pouring some resin would be even better, but would have to make a mold.

More projects... >:(
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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2019, 09:35:06 AM »
I would be interested in something like that.

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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2019, 09:37:19 AM »
They do nothing on the old hull but slow it down.
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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2019, 09:44:41 AM »
Not so sure I'd want to get into manufacturing them anyway. I will try a set out of some PVC, and I hope they will be flexible enough to not snap. One piece would be the best, but also the most amount of work. Too rigid, and I can see the them snapping or doing damage to the hull. Something like quarter inch PVC would flex enough, and it's a lot easier to glue than some other composites.
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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2019, 10:17:59 AM »
Hey Troy,

I found a set of trim tabs I didn't use.  Yours if you want them.  I couldn't get the PM thing to work.  Maybe you can PM me.

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Re: Trim tabs
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2019, 10:29:20 AM »
It worked George, and thank you very much! Most generous!
I did send you my address via private email, so let me know if you don't get it, and I'll send again.
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