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Old 06-27-2013, 04:38 PM   #21
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Hi, and welcome aboard the board, fellow Brisbanite Mark. Where are you based, by the way? I'm in Springwood, and I have my Clipper 34 down at Horizon Shores. Yeah, great state of Origin win that - sorry Andy...makes the decider in Melbourne really interesting, does it not..? Can NSW win a series, or does Queensland make it 8 yrs in a row...? Sorry...brief off topic wander - couldn't help it. It's funny really, as an ex NZder I find it easier to relate to Queensland State, than I do Australia...must be something to do with size...don't go there..ok..?

Now, I don't want to be a wet blanket, but another approach is to get the boat first, as you might find it has one already, but if not, don't rush into it. My Clipper does not, and while sure...the first time or two out we sometimes muttered about maybe fitting a bowthruster... once familar with how it handles, and thanks to tips on this and other forums, (ok, fora for the pedants), we find we hardly ever feel the need now, and that has been the case for about the last 10 yrs. There is a heap of other gear I'd far rather spend good money on than something I honestly doubt I would use more than once in a blue moon. Yes, others who have them will use them more and swear by them, because they adopt methods of manoeuvring that use them, but if you don't have one, you adopt methods that avoid the need, and we have always managed to achieve what was needed without. Just watch the city river ferries - the monohulls, not the cats - and see how they manage at the jetties without bow thrusters. It's not that hard. There are others on here who will agree I think.
Hi Peter,

Thanks for your thoughts re trying before installing if there is not one on the boat.

We live in Manly, QLD so would be keeping the boat in Manly probably at RQYS and cruising the southern bay before trying a cruise north.

Have you been outside Moreton Bay in your boat?

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Old 06-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #22
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For the bemused. "State of Origin" Football: A rugby league football game series of 3 (currently 1 all) annually between the States of Queensland and New South Wales. Players must be originally from the State they play for but may be currently playing for any team anywhere in Australia. A bloodbath grudge match, lots of fights ("going the biff"), tackles intended to cause disabling injury, players get "sin-binned" (sent off) for infractions, but players and coaches say it is unfair to penalise for brawling in these matches.

Peter, do the Brisbane mono-hull ferries have singles or twins?
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First, to answer Mark. Yes, I have had Lotus out of the bay, we went out the seaway and up the outside and back in at the top to Tangaloma last Xmas/New Year week, but were rather underwhelmed by what we didn't see in 11 hours non-stop travel. So although she has been to the Whitsundays a couple of times with previous owners, we didn't feel the need. It would take toooo long. I think I would rather charter one up there. You know..."skipper a Clipper", like the old ad used to say.
By the way, I know RQYC well. I had my Gazelle Maxi trailer yacht there on the hard when I first moved over from NZ. Nice club.

Bruce they are singles, those mono ferries, and as Marin and others have posted previously, those ferry pilots (and prof fishermen), can just about make a single engined boat talk...so what they can do... practice can also do...
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For the bemused. "State of Origin" Football: A rugby league football game series of 3 (currently 1 all) annually between the States of Queensland and New South Wales. Players must be originally from the State they play for but may be currently playing for any team anywhere in Australia. A bloodbath grudge match, lots of fights ("going the biff"), tackles intended to cause disabling injury, players get "sin-binned" (sent off) for infractions, but players and coaches say it is unfair to penalise for brawling in these matches.

Peter, do the Brisbane mono-hull ferries have singles or twins?
Sigh .... It's turning in to bloody AFL.

GOOOOO THE BLUESSSSSS and GOOOOOO THE STORMMMMMMM!!!!
There's only one thing worse than losing in the origin and that's watching my teams fullback aka slater scoring against my origin team :-(

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Sorry Hendo, but you will just have to suck it up. Billy Slater is ours in Origin, and so is Greg Inglis. As for no 3...prepare to be disappointed.
'Course..if we lose...you can crow..ok..?
Hey, I thought you lived in Queensland before WA? How come you support the Blues, anyway.
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Sorry Hendo, but you will just have to suck it up. Billy Slater is ours in Origin, and so is Greg Inglis. As for no 3...prepare to be disappointed.
'Course..if we lose...you can crow..ok..?
Hey, I thought you lived in Queensland before WA? How come you support the Blues, anyway.
I am actually originally from Texas in Country QLD but was born in the car on the way to the hospital which was in NSW. Texas is on the QLD/NSW border and when I was a kid I liked blue more than maroon so NSW was the choice.

Same went for Melbourne. I've never been to Melbourne but I love the colour purple and when the Storm began I claimed them as my team over the broncos which was maroon. I think I have a subconsciously deep seated dislike for maroon lol

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As I said, then...'prepare to be disappointed'...
Ever see the movie Princess Bride...? Legend....
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I am also contemplating a bow thruster and had one quoted for our Defever 49 RPH a few months ago, cost estimate was US $13,100 completed from of the big Florida thruster companies but did not including haul out, blocking, etc and any issues with moving tank if necessary etc.

After crawling around in the front bilge with a tape it looks as if there is enough room but it will be tight for a 350lbf thruster.

Thats alot of cruising dollars for us but as I was cruising earlier this week solo on a 50' 60,000lb boat in a strong gusty side breeze was tough to bring along side marina for pump out and then get back into her slip which only has 18" waterline room a side.

Still undecided what to do ....
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I am also contemplating a bow thruster and had one quoted for our Defever 49 RPH a few months ago, cost estimate was US $13,100 completed from of the big Florida thruster companies........Thats alot of cruising dollars for us but as I was cruising earlier this week solo on a 50' 60,000lb boat in a strong gusty side breeze was tough to bring along side marina for pump out and then get back into her slip which only has 18" waterline room a side.
Still undecided what to do ....
But, mate, you managed right? You just saved $13,100 bucks...think of it that way. I don't have auto pilot or radar. I would far rather spend that sort of money on those, or even AIS, than a bow thruster. Of course, if you already have all that, plus AIS, and money to burn, then ok, but re-read my post above again first.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:30 AM   #30
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Hi,

I am new to the forum but keen to by an IG32 in the next 12 months in Australia.

Being single screw I am considering fitting a bow thruster to assist with marina manouvering.

Can anyone advise if this is feasible and approximate cost? $USD is ok I can convert.

Thanks,

Mark, don't know if you've seen it, but there is an '83 IG 32 for sale for $100,000 here in Brisbane in the today's Courier Mail in case you are interested.
It does not say whether it has a bow thruster, but might be worth a look..?
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I have had the stern thruster from Sideshift for over a year now. It's been an awesome addition to my boating experience. The Sideshift product is a North American manufactured product mad of high quality materials.
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[QUOTE=Hendo78;165551]I am actually originally from Texas in Country QLD but was born in the car on the way to the hospital which was in NSW. Texas is on the QLD/NSW border.../QUOTE]
Off topic but very Australian. There are 2 towns, one either side of the NSW/Qld border, one is Boggabilla. No daylight saving in Qld(the Qld Premier said the sun shone out of his ass and he wasn`t getting up an hour earlier) so people crossed the border for an extra hour drinking in the pub.
The standard cab fare back (I think) to Boggabilla was $10, but it reduced to $5 if you did not puke in the cab.
Back on topic. The IG32 in Brisbane is on www.boatpoint.com.au. No thruster mentioned. Looks good, single Ford,low hours, has some of interior painted which would usually be varnished, ? wood repairs. The 36 at $120K looks interesting.
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you can also consider a stern truster it is cheaper and will do the same job it takes a little time to get familiar with it . I have one on my IG 32 and it hydraulic.
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