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Old 01-21-2011
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Largest single screw vessel that I've operated with no bow thruster is 65 ft.
The largest twin screw vessel that I've operated with no bow thruster is 182 ft.
Though I've have used bow thrusters, the conclusion is that you should learn how to handle your vessel without the bow thruster before you start using one. That way if you do lose that thruster, your skills will still let you dock the vessel or get away from the pier.

So a bow thruster is nice to have but Learn to do without because you may end up without one.
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