Please select your home edition
April May June Leaderboard Q2 2023

Tilt and Trim: There is a difference

by Grady-White 27 Apr 18:45 UTC
Tilt and Trim © Grady-White

If you think it's enough to just tilt the motors down, accelerate, and leave them in the same position all day, you're missing out on a better ride and overall performance from your boat. Here's some information to get you started.

There is a difference between trim and tilt.

Tilt is the range of motion that includes the highest level the engine can go up. This position takes the propeller out of the water and should only be done when the engine is turned off. This is useful at the dock if you want to prevent marine growth from forming on your engine and for additional clearance when trailering. When you are lifting the engine up you will hear a distinct sound difference as it goes from trim to tilt mode and the speed at which the engine moves will increase.

Trim relates to the position of the engine relative to the transom when the propeller is in the water and affects the running angle of the boat. Trimming the engine can vary the amount of the hull that is in contact with the surface of the water.

When you are getting your boat on plane, you'll want the engine tilted all the way down and trimmed as close to the transom of the boat as possible. This allows the propeller to push the boat and minimize the bow rise while getting on plane. As the boat planes out, the stern of the boat will lift, and you will want to trim the engine up slowly to bring the bow up, and more of the hull out of the water. As you trim the engine up, you'll actually hear the pitch change as the drag is reduced and the efficiency improves. If you trim the engine up too much your bow will start to slightly bounce or the prop could lose its hold on the water causing it to slip.

If you're boating in choppy or rough conditions, you'll want to trim the engine in towards the transom, so that the bow is pushed down. The boat will have more contact with the water, allowing it to cut through the waves. While this reduces your speed, it also produces a smoother ride.

This informative video will help you better understand how to get your boat on plane and improve your fuel economy and handling.

For the best results, take some time to get to know your boat and engine. Start by reviewing your boat model and engine's performance report to find the optimal RPM range for peak performance. Then take the boat out for testing. Go into protected waters and experience the various settings in calm conditions, then go into a large body of water and experiment with choppy conditions. With a little practice, you can learn the optimum trim settings to operate your boat at the highest efficiency.

Related Articles

Grady-White ocean crossing surpasses expectations
When the going gets rough this Grady gets going David Poston has enjoyed every Grady-White he's ever owned starting in 2005 when he purchased a Freedom 205. Posted on 24 May
Rough weather no problem for this Grady enthusiast
Karen Smith started her own boating endeavors with small boats Karen Smith always loved being in and on the water as a child. Even when it was cold and rough, you could find her surfing, snorkeling, fishing or exploring. Posted on 25 Apr
Walk through new Grady-White models
281 Coastal Explorer and Adventure 218 walkthrough videos led by Bill Hackett There's been a lot of excitement at the Grady-White booth during this year's boat shows. In the fall, we introduced the Adventure 218, and our 281 Coastal Explorer made its debut at the spring shows. Posted on 29 Mar
Center consoles can do double duty
Is a dual console really a fishing boat? You've been dreaming of owning a center console fishing boat all your life, but with a growing family, you're not sure that's the best model for you - at least not right now. Think again! Posted on 28 Mar
Grady family soaks up precious moments
The boat is where everyone wants to be For the St. Denis family, spending time together on their Grady-White Freedom 275 pretty much takes precedence over any other activity. Posted on 28 Feb
Three generations loving the Grady life
Boats that bring families together It's more than just a boat. For the Kulakowsky family, it's a way to connect, pass down traditions, and instill confidence on the water. Posted on 27 Nov 2022
The thinking behind Grady-White's boat designs
World-class customer satisfaction doesn't just happen From an engineering and design perspective, it's not just about our vision for an exceptional finished product, but also our customer's vision for their overall experience on their new boat. Posted on 25 Nov 2022
Boating in rough seas
Always be weather aware, file a float plan, and review a safety check list While we all prefer to be on the water when the seas are nice and calm, we sometimes find ourselves traveling in rough waters. Conditions can change quickly while you're out on the water, but these handy tips will help you get back to the dock easily. Posted on 23 Nov 2022
A gathering of epic proportions
Ultimate Grady-White raft up Bill Burleson grew up in Puerto Rico on the small island of Vieques, but like many people born there, he left for professional opportunities when he was young. Posted on 22 Nov 2022
Conservation: Protecting the future of fishing
Grady-White Boats supports many conservation efforts Grady-White Boats supports many conservation efforts. Recently two organizations, the Tagging of Pelagic Predators Program and the Dolphinfish Research Program, Beyond our Shores, announced exciting discoveries. Posted on 3 Nov 2022