For years I've got up on plane (heavy cabin cruiser with lots weight at stern) by bringing the outdrive all the way in and tabs all the way down. Then after on plane I bring the outdrive out a bit and then bring the tabs all the way up (unless I need to leave one down some to level from side to side).
Assuming most people get up on plane with the outdrive all the way in, does anyone start out also with the tabs in the up position? This is how my mechanic says he's always done it. This question is related to last fall when I tried to get up on plane my usual way, the boat just couldn't make it and then all of a sudden it revved high like a spun prop. Changed out the prop while still out on the water and it did the exact same thing again. Limped back to Whittier at idle speed. Since then, I haven't had it on the water but had the outdrive gears, clutch and coupler checked (he said all were ok), and bought a new prop to use this season just in case. My mechanic thought maybe the prop was cavitating but in the 15 years I've had the boat I've never had this issue and I've always gotten up on plane the same way, even with much heavier loads. Between my problem on the water and his checking the outdrive and coupler, he ran the boat on Big Lake (starting out with the tabs up) and had absolutely no problem (of course). But the boat was light then because I'd taken pretty much everything off of it.