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Old 10-19-2019, 08:23 AM   #1
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Vetus bow thruster control

I have a 1988 12v bowthruster. The voltage from the battery is good. The solenoid went bad, part BP19. The replacement solenoid, part BP219, has been finicky.

I have tried different joysticks and get the same results. Bought a 2nd solenoid, same general problems. I did notice that the plug connections to the controller get hot, so I wondered about the amp draw of the new BP219 solenoid. The old one had a 10 fuse.

It’s a 20 foot run up to the controller. (40 feet round trip) so I was thinking maybe the line loss? But sometimes it worked.

I am ready to run new wires to bypass the plugs in the “extension cord” but what size? Can’t find any info on the amp draw of the BP 219 solenoid
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Have you talked to the folks at Florida Bow Thruster about this? I have found them extremely helpful in the past on old model Vetus thrusters.
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Thanks for the reply. I tested this solenoid today with new leads off of it to the controller. Works to push bow to port but the starboard push is dead. I could get it to work if I jiggled the negative terminal on the dead side. So there is some internal fault/loose connection on one of the solenoids.

Just have to swap it out with a new one. Curses.
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See Pilgrim Forum.
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