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Old 12-13-2010, 10:37 AM   #41
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"The question on thrusters is more relevant when you limit it to say 45 feet or bigger. I couldn't even spell thruster when my vessels were less than 40 feet."

I would work the other way, bigger boats are deeper in the water and less prone to blow in the breeze.

As long as its not a 3 or 4 story high bloat boat the bigger the less use for thrusters.

A high 32 footer could be hard to get into tight marinas a 65 footer would be no higher but way deeper.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:41 AM   #42
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KJ, people put thrusters on boats as small as 28-30' so as long as there is enough room to install, they can be put on any boat. Some people love thrusters, some don't. It's kind of like debating twin or single engine, gas versus diesel, etc. The final answer all boils down to who owns the boat, what they are comfortable with, can handle, and remain safe in all conditions possible. The important thing is to just get out on the water and enjoy life out there. Thrusters are fun and handy tools to have. It's always best to be able to operate a vessel without them but they are a tool that can and should be used if they are available. Am I spending $8k to put one on my trawler? Not right now. Will I in the future? Who knows. If I do it will be because I want it and it will be the right decision for us and our boat. It's not a bad thing to have at all and certainly helps with resale value. The fact is most boaters can't even dock a twin screw boat, even with a thruster. Most of the time they are there for confidence booster but they are certainly helpful to have.

if you find a boat with a thruster you will not be disappointed you have one. I have never, ever heard someone say, "Boy I sure regret putting that bow thruster on my boat!"

As someone else said. when I need to drive a nail I get a hammer, not a rock. *I lived on an amish farm for a bit in my younger years. *Trust me- when I built our house 8 years ago I used air gun nailers and power saws. *


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Old 12-13-2010, 10:42 AM   #43
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I'll*have to think about this one for a while.* Very interesting.

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Old 12-13-2010, 10:49 AM   #44
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Very well said.** I think we can let this one rest for now. I got lots of useful info from lots of knowledgeable folks.** *Thanks,**** KJ


ps* How do you like this "Imperial Trawler"*?* Trying to figure out if she needs bow thrusters.


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Old 12-13-2010, 11:03 AM   #45
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To me it is all about the cost.
I know how to drive my boat. Hull speed or slow.
If I had the money I would more than likely get one.
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It sure seems like a can of worms to me. The "tone" that you said you detected*kinda sounds like emotion.* What's wrong with being passionate about something you believe in?
I was being passionate. The problem was that DaddyO thought I was calling him a jerk. I don't want to be misrepresented because he has been quite helpful to me. If I was going to call someone a jerk, I wouldn't tip-toe around it. I'd grab the nearest hammer or rock and drive the point home.
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Baker wrote:If you do not have enough hull below the water, you cannot install a thruster.**
That's what these are for ...



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Definitely a slick solution. My statement was more torwards "conventional" bow thrusters. I would assume that sort of installation to be more complex and at the very least, it does add complexity to the operation. * Anyway, very cool indeed!!!

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Interesting!* How about some details?

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Old 12-13-2010, 02:19 PM   #51
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There are several manufacturers. This is one whose products I see on sailboats more often than others. They work very well and are as trouble-free as any other unit.

http://www.max-power.com/

The sailboat in the picture has*identical bow and stern retractable thrusters.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:22 PM   #52
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If that's not the slickest idea yet. *Of course, moving parts are moving parts.
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The info that I was really after was:
Are the advantages of having*a bow thruster outweighed by the cost of purchase/installation?
The answer to your question depends on the size of your boating budget, primarily.* If you have the money to do it, I would say do it.* It's not something you'll regret doing as a bow thruster will come in very handy more times than not and will most likely save you the cost of an expensive repair at least once in your boating career (it did for us when we chartered a single engine GB with a bow thruster).

In terms of whether or not you really NEED it, that will depend on where you boat, the conditions you encounter, and how you want to boat.* Not every boater is interested in mastering maneuvering.* They just want to be able to put the boat where they need it to be without much thought, and for that thrusters (bow, stern, or both) are just the ticket.

If you've never run a boat with a bow thruster, one thing you might want to do is rent (or go out on a friend's) boat that has a thruster and try it out for a couple of hours.* That's the best way to determine if a thruster will be worth the cost to you in your own boat.

I'm sure you'll like using it. I've not yet met anyone with a boat that has a thruster who DIDN'T like it, just some who felt it wasn't all that necessary or used it only when it was absolutely necessary (like Carey).

But if you try a boat with a thruster and decide that it would make a significant difference to your ability to maneuver in the environment you boat in, or you simply like the enhanced maneuverability it gives you, or the peace of mind (which is important) then the cost will be worth it if it fits into your boating budget.* If you think, "well, it's neat and I like it but I think I can do everything I need to do without it," then save the money or put it toward something that will make a more significant difference to your boating.

Short answer is--- it's a question you'll need to answer for yourself because your boating requirements and experience are different from everyone else's.

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Pretty sound advice KJ
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The info that I was really after was:
Are the advantages of having*a bow thruster outweighed by the cost of purchase/installation?

For me, the cost of purchase/installation was too much when added to*the cost of maintenance, the cost of unexpected*failure, and the cost of moving the weight of the equipment through the water for years and years.

While I may or may not be the typical boater, it seems like 80% of the time a thruster is not needed, 18% of the time, it would be nice to use it for a*little kick, and 2% of the time that's what fenders are for.

Marin, excellent response.
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