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 Tabman Tom McGow, R.I.P.
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RO# 1159

Posted - Dec 04 2018 :  22:28:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sad to report hearing that the legendary Tabman Tom has passed away.

What an amazing representative of the marine industry's customer service, and really helpful & humorous Boater Ed participant in the past.

Smooth wake, Tabman

( An old post:
I couldn't find the threads that included pics of Tom and his huge cat wearing their watermelon helmets.)


Homeport: The Vineyard


RO# 24150

Posted - Dec 04 2018 :  22:57:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom help me once diagnosing a trim tab issue. Incredible knowledge, he was on the money with diagnosing the problem and recommending the solution. He got nothing back for his efforts here, just seemed to enjoy sharing his experience and helping people. Rip Tabman.

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Brian N

RO# 3970

Posted - Dec 04 2018 :  22:57:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So sorry to hear that!

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RO# 7269

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  00:21:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a loss to this forum and to Bennett. He was such a strong resource.

The only thing that works on an old the Owner.

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Bill D.

RO# 150

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  00:23:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A fine gentleman and a great sense of humor. We need more like him. He is missed.

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it." Henry Louis Mencken (1880 - 1956)
PETA now selling "I hate Bill D." T-shirts

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RO# 4570

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  05:43:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sad to hear, he was one of the good guys. I had a trim tab problem with the tabs on my boat, way out of warranty. He took care of it anyway


Homeport: Fayetteville, Ga Go to Top of Page


RO# 1558

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  06:23:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RIP Tabman. You will be sorely missed.

" If you think nobody cares, try missing a few payments " (author unknown)

Homeport: Bentley Yacht Club- Staten Island, NY Go to Top of Page


RO# 3854

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  08:28:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He helped me also. Sorry I missed the wild party ROs had at Tom's house while he was away. :)

"L'Chiam" 29' 2000 Regal Commodore 2660 (2765) T/4.3 Alphas

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RO# 842

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  09:07:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He put service in the industry.


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RO# 36

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  09:36:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I found a leaking ram on our boat he sent me a replacement free of charge. I met him at the NYC boat show with Art (R.I.P.) and we shared some good experiences. Indeed he was a good man and an asset to the boating industry and community.

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RO# 3813

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  11:17:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So sorry to hear, he was a font of knowledge and helped many of us here on BE.

RIP, Tabman


1999 Trojan 440 Express
2005 Scout 175 Sportfish

MMSI# 338049724

Surly to bed, surly to rise...

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RO# 2124

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  11:24:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sad, he was a good guy.

Favorite Quote: Don't sweat the petty things...AND...Don't pet the sweaty things!! - Steven Tyler

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RO# 1963

Posted - Dec 05 2018 :  21:55:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sorry to hear of his passing. He gave a lot of great advice on this board over the years.

My tolerance for Islam ended on 9-11-01!

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RO# 25075

Posted - Dec 06 2018 :  07:20:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I met Tom at the Ft Lauderdale Boat SHow in the fall of 2002.
I brought my data and he showed me how to maximize my boats performance and efficiency by replacing the factory 22"x9" tabs with specially designed 22"x12" tabs with DROP FINS that would simply bolt on -direct replacements - exactly as the old ones were.

He spent a lot of time looking at my data, and exemplifies CUSTOMER SERVICE

The world was a better place with people like that.


1983 Trojan International 10 Meter
Twin Yanmar 315 Turbodiesels
Solid Glass Hull
Woodless Stringers
Full Hull Liner
Trojan International Website:

Homeport: FL Go to Top of Page


RO# 28606

Posted - Dec 06 2018 :  16:18:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of the few active marine product reps out there. Always willing to help. RIP Tabman.

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TowBoatUS Captain - Lake Lanier
50 Ton Master, OUPV 100 Ton
Towing Endorsement
2005 Chaparral Signature 240

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RO# 1558

Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  06:21:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw this on the Bennett website:

" If you think nobody cares, try missing a few payments " (author unknown)

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The Other Gary

RO# 143

Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  16:19:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This must have been sudden as he was actively posting on FB on Dec 1st.

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I saw a movie where only the military and the police had guns,,,,, It was called Schindler's List

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RO# 9880

Posted - Dec 11 2018 :  23:50:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RIP Tabman. He will be missed.

Cape Coral, FL
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Homeport: Cape Coral, FL Go to Top of Page

Gregory S

RO# 2620

Posted - Dec 23 2018 :  11:01:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
R.I.P. Tab an. He helped so many of us here and asked for nothing in return.

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Audrey II

RO# 30499

Posted - Jan 19 2019 :  22:23:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry to hear this! I have picked his brain more the once!


“Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time.” – T.S. Elliotcommon.

1996 440 Trojan Express

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RO# 27413

Posted - Jan 19 2019 :  23:07:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RIP, Tabman. He helped me years ago diagnosing a problem with the tabs on my former boat. A great asset and person. He will be missed. Hy

Homeport: New Rochelle, NY Go to Top of Page

Captain Dan

RO# 382

Posted - Jan 22 2019 :  09:55:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is sad news indeed. I had several conversations on the phone with Tom over the years. He has sent me seals, rams, and even a set of experimental tabs, and never charged me a dime. A customer service icon.

I open carry to normalize open carry.

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RO# 6342

Posted - Jan 22 2019 :  14:29:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gee, first I'm hearing this (my own fault for being away from BE). Tom helped me out as well and even gave me a auto tab retractor free a number of years ago. Rest well, Tabman!


I recently realized that at this stage of my life I'm now wise enough to know better, but old enough not to give a damn.

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