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post #15 of Old 09-26-2006
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Well...even the smallest electric ones use 10AMP HOURS for every minute of operation and the current surge can be a hundred or more amps to you need good heavy cables to a close by battery of probably 8D size or equivilent CLOSE by...same battery can be used for windlass. This also means that you need heavy 00 cables from your charger/battery switch up to the front of the boat. I believe the Vetus thrusters are the leaders in the sailing market but I've recently seen ads for a new design that drops down out of tthe bottom of the boat and then retracts rather than being a tunnel through the boat. . Don't know the brand but that looked interesting!
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