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Old 07-26-2016, 12:42 PM
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DIY genME surf tabs

Hey guys.....in the process of designing larger tabs that I would bolt onto my gen1 system on my x45.

The stock tabs are a puny 9"x12" and I'm thinking I need to add atleast 3" to every side to increase surface area enough to be effective but not so much that it kills the actuator or hinge.
So this would take it up to 15"x18" and will have bends in it to push water down and away from the boat.

Does this seem like a decent enough size to effectively divert the water?
I'm just winging it here so any feedback would be great.

Also, does anyone know the dimensions of the gen2 tab on an x46?
Would love to have as a benchmark to work around.

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Old 07-26-2016, 01:22 PM
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15X18 is at least as big as some Gen2 tabs and more than twice as much surface area as the Gen1 tabs. Should be plenty you's think.

Here is a snippet from MC's Gen2 patent:
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:06 PM
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Thanks for the info JP.
Going to fine tune the design and then off to the metal fab shop.
Will keep you guys posted
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Old 07-26-2016, 04:06 PM
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Also, other manufacturers have tabs as a surf wave system and some are not nearly as convoluted as the MC ones but rely on size. Supra etc. They are not just pure flat tabs but do not have the fins and upturns/downturns to the extent MC does so you may be able to just make a big-assed tab and skip the downturny bits.
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:18 PM
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Interesting as those are wider and longer
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:50 PM
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The supra tabs are terrible. The new supra that I surfed was garbage. I would either make something similar to Gen2/GSA/Surfgate.

Don't waste your time with the supra design.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:14 PM
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Thanks for the feedback guys.
I'm going to go with a best of breed.....large tabs (20x20) with bent edges to direct flow down and to the side.
Design is in fab hands now.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:26 PM
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:33 PM
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:46 AM
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