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Old 02-10-2014, 12:36 PM   #41
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We have two 10HP Sidepower 12v thrusters they seem to push our 85,000+lb Nordy no problem.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:42 PM   #42
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Sorry if I derailed from thruster installation. On that topic, if anyone has pics of their install and steps, they'd be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:13 PM   #43
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Buy a steel rod (I used stainless) bent into a "J" with the short end sharpened to a point. The bend should scibe a circle the same diameter as the tube.

Insert the long end through both 1/4" holes and rotate to scribe the shape with the sharp end. Then I cut it out with a jig saw.

and a series/parallel switch from a tractor for $150, $20 for a relay from an auto parts store and If I remember the tube was about $300 and the J-rod from a local machine shop for $30
Boat poker hope you are still on board I am late to the party but am just installing a side power 8hp 24V in a 37 her shine. It's the 8" tube. How did you bend the rod to the exact diameter? I'm thinking two 90 degree bends one half the diameter of the tube OD with a hammer on the anvil but it would be easy to be off by a little. Any tips? BTW you don't still have the rod do you? There is a video on side power using a die grinder. Ps I like the magnet idea. Exactly where I'm at.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:29 PM   #44
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I'm thinking two 90 degree bends one half the diameter of the tube OD with a hammer on the anvil but it would be easy to be off by a little. .
You got it right. If you get it close the first time it does not matter if you have to bend the short arm back and forth a bit if your point is sharp it's easy enough to do.

I just did it on my new boat too but threw the rod away. Photos at Our New Boat
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:56 AM   #45
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OK thanks, looks like you have quite the project! Great Work. I just updated my blog with a lot more pics. Ill post the bow thruster ones as I go.
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Wow ! you are crazier than I am
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:38 AM   #47
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Here are a few Pics of the install so far. There are more pics on the blog link below under Bow Thruster. I plan to do the casting and shaping soon. More to come.

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Where is the boat? Installed 7 hp Sidepower on our boat last Spring. Saved my bacon in some real tight areas with current and wind.
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:18 PM   #49
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My inelegant put effective solution to the hole scribing/cutting jig.
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:21 PM   #50
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My inelegant put effective solution to the hole scribing/cutting jig.
I beg to differ...it has a 'grab whatever's at hand' simple beauty to it

Imagine the overcomplicated monstrosity a team of NASA engineers would have come up with
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Sidepower is making an external pod type bow thruster. Has anyone had any experience with one? The install looks pretty easy in comparison to installing a tube. It can also get the thruster deeper and further forward so you get less cavitation and more effect due to being further forward. They also make an intellegent controller so you can use the thruster longer without overheating. Also you can set it to hold the boat along side the dock while you get off to tie it up if you have both a bow and stern thruster.
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