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Old 02-09-2020, 10:14 AM   #1
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Stern Thruster on 400

Looking for a company to install a stern thruster on a 2003 Mainship 400 in southern Florida. Does anybody have a recommendation on a company. Also what should I expect to pay?
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Florida Bow Thrusters. Great service before during and way, way after the sale.

https://www.floridabowthrusters.com/

Have you tried hiring someone to show you how to dock the boat without one? It's a lot cheaper!
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Florida Bow Thrusters. Great service before during and way, way after the sale.

https://www.floridabowthrusters.com/

Have you tried hiring someone to show you how to dock the boat without one? It's a lot cheaper!



Thanks for the referral.
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Isn't the 400 a twin engine boat? I'm curious as to why you feel you need a stern thruster, having run a few of the predecessor models (including a single) multiple times.
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Isn't the 400 a twin engine boat? I'm curious as to why you feel you need a stern thruster, having run a few of the predecessor models (including a single) multiple times.



No not a twin. I have a single engine 400.Mainship made both singles and twins.
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A dock neighbour had a single engine Mainship 400 with bow and stern thrusters and loved them; he could put that boat anywhere he wanted. (He also had a handheld remote that of course he loved to show off with!)
The stern thruster needed to be offset (I think to port) due to other stuff going on at the centreline but he didn't really notice any difference between port and starboard thrust.
Around here, where bullrails are ubiquitous, some of the usual springing tricks aren't as feasible.
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Interesting. The single 390 we used had a thruster. You could spin that thing on a dime between the thruster, rudder and prop walk. I liked those boats, honest as the day is long.
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