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post #3 of Old 01-13-2011
October Moon B43
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While I can and have handled our 43'er without the bow thruster it's always nice to have it as an aide. It provides a lot more control when docking and generally takes the worry out of being close. When in reverse I simply keep the wheel in a fixed, straight on position and use the thruster to steer her. When turning to enter or depart a slip or dock, no matter the angle, you can combine prop walk with the bow thruster and pretty much pivot in place. On the downside once the wind gets above 15kts you can no longer expect it to work at full effeciency. There's just too much surface area at the bow for it to overcome. IMO once you use it you wont want to do without it. Does it make me different? While it doesn't change my attitiude, it does make me feel more relaxed and that's a good thing.
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