Stern Thruster Suggestions?
"The outboard motor idea would work but it seems to be a real Rube Goldberg method of solving a problem that's already been solved in a much more simple and hassle-free manner."
Perhaps , but as I see the advantages , the OB could easily have remote start , an electric throttle and electric reversing.And is onboard and maintained any way.
A hand full of slim wires and 20-to 50? hp is on tap,
POWER+ THRUST as good as a big buck Hydraulic setup at 1/100 the cost,and complexity.
In electric each HP in 12V is about 80A so a 20hp thruster would need huge electric cables , to power the unit , for the minor time limits of most electric units.
Then the smoke comes out .