It appears that I owe you dinner tomorrow night after that glowing statement. However, we might have to make the change from French cuisine to French Fries, considering the high cost of diesel these days.
As long as we're talking thrusters, I'd like to point out that I have used mine, and will again. One situation where I have used it is with wind or current trying to push my bow off while landing. My thruster is rather small, and is often not up to competition with wind, so any of you contemplating a thruster would be advised to err on the side of too large, rather than too small.
My final notes on this thread would be that from my perspective, I'd prefer a hydraulic thruster if I already had a hydraulic pump, or maybe if I had other uses for one, such as a hydraulic crane motor. Hydraulics are not as obnoxiously noisy, and you can run them longer, which you might need with a stiff breeze. They also don't require all that battery power. As to the original question concerning the water jet thrusters, I have never known anyone who had such a system, but one thought that comes to mind is what would power that system, be it hydraulic or electric? Bottom line is I too would rather have some sort of thruster than none.
-- Edited by Carey at 17:07, 2007-11-23