Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Long Island NY
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there is nothing like a bow thruster!
bow thruster will help. as i said cca 15hp will be enough. another option is new rudder with more surface and/ or servo steering.
I skippered a chartered Elan 43 ft yacht in Corsica a few years ago which came equipped with a bow thruster. It was the cat's pajamas! Under certain circumstances it does what nothing else can do except maybe 3 extra crew with boat hooks and fenders!
Pulling into a small harbor, the boat in front stopped, so I was obliged to come to a stop as well. The wind caught the bow and we were headed toward a boat in its slip. A touch of the bow thruster -- magic!
We had another night in the port of Cargèse when the dock guys were trying to find us a slip and we were obliged to hover in the channel while they looked around. Even with the bow thruster, it was a challenge.
I can't imagine doing it without the thruster!
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