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Old 09-30-2011, 10:21 AM   #19
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RE: mainship-stern thruster

Cost- benefit is important here, a bow thruster is more money than a stern thruster and a hydraulic thruster is more than electric. Since I have run many, many different boats over the years I would go for an electric bow thruster for the best return for the money. I have run many single screw boats without thrusters, the worst was a steel car ferry converted to a dinner theater boat, 70 feet long with a 36 foot beam, yes 36' beam.
The thruster allows an incredible attitude change, that coming to the dock or getting into a tight spot is not the white knuckle worry that it might be without a thruster. Since often the skipper is at the helm and the Admiral is handling lines, a thruster might make things more enjoyable for both parties, and worth the investment.
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