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Boat Thrusters

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Boat Thrusters
Look carefully just under the waterline at the bow of this boat and you will see the bow thruster. The next photo shows an upclose look.
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Are thrusters really necessary on your boat? The answer is no ....... and yes.

Old grey bearded skippers learned to operate boats without thrusters. Way back when thrusters just weren't an option from most manufacturers. Well, time moves on and newer boat designs come factory-standard with bow and/or stern thrusters. So, more new boaters become more confident in maneuvering their boat in tight quarters.

Now close your eyes and think about arriving in a new marina with the wind blowing and a narrow fairway between the docks. Got that lovely picture firmly in your mind? Are you going to try to jam your boat into the assigned slip bouncing off pilings? Or will you prefer to try this maneuver with the benefit of thrusters? As you power your boat into the slip in reverse, thrust and back her in and hand the dock line to the dock master. Easy peasy, right?

Look like a pro, take advantage of technology to make your boating life easier and less stressful. But, we still recommend that you practice some of these dockings without the thrusters so you understand & can master the fundamentals in the event of an equipment failure.

Thruster systems can be added aftermarket to almost any boat, bow or stern, or both and powered by 12 or 24 volts or possibly hydraulically.

Before you watch the video below please scroll down to see more thruster photos.

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Up close view of bow thruster just under the waterline. You can make out the propeller in the circular tube that runs from the port side of the hull to the starboard side.
This factory installed bow thruster is enclosed within a tube through the hull. The white insert completes the bottom portion of the tube. Antifouling paint will cover the white.
These joy sticks operate bow and stern thrusters which makes docking easy. The two ON buttons allow you to power up each motor.
This boat has been in the water for a while and the brand new zinc surface reflects the difference between old and new. All propeller shafts should have a zinc to protect the metal from electrolysis.
Another brand and style of thruster control panel. The red button moves you to port and the green button moves you to starboard. No joy sticks here.
A boatyard technician uses a prop puller to remove the thruster propeller. He needs to do this to check the shaft seal or replace the propeller if it is damaged.
Yet another type of control panel.
After-market bow thruster is bolted externally to the hull. These propellers have less protection from waves or debris in the water. But, if this is your only option...it works!
This stern thruster is bolted to the transom with the electric motor inside the lazarette. It is off center because of the location of the single engine, propeller and rudder.
Docking is easy with a bow and stern thruster. Captain Chris can show you how.... with or without thrusters!!
   

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