We have a Southerly 49 and it is fitted with a bow thruster but not a stern thruster. We have no problem maneuvering in tight quarters after a little practice. This past season we crossed France via the canals (179 locks) and did lots of tight docking practice. Then we sailed across the Atlantic with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (the ARC) finishing in 15.5 days! I think we are one of the only boats that could do those two passages!
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