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Re: Low buck bow thruster??

I find myself ignoring sailnet more and more but I couldn't resist commenting on the content of this tread. As i see the issue, the best concept for handy manoeuvring would be two of those easily maintained units recommended by Kellysails (long tails from Thailand) Mounted bow and stern and tethered together, connected with steering ropes to a centrally mounted vertical shafted steering wheel out of a bus .This would facilitate docking and negate any need for development of boat handling skills . Which is probably good because as used in Thailand ,there is no reverse. This small oversight requires the addition of Hundystad pitchable props controlled by a second bus steering wheel for finessing the docking experience The rig as i describe it is so elegant there would be no need of hiding it in a locker after use.and may well be emulated by fellow boaters. Good ideas often are.
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I use a leaf blower on my boat. The engine is small, although a little loud, especially when submerging the blowing end in water to make the turns. The reason I use it instead of the trolling motor is that I have found it more useful in dead air. I can just blow in the sails and find that it moves the boat along rather nicely. It also works for cleanup in the cabin.
Can you use an electric blower off the inverter, or do you have to have gas? I don't like gas onboard because it's dangerous.
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Re: Low buck bow thruster??

The easiest and simplest solution is a spring line attach to the stern. Hauling in line causes the bow to rotate in the opposite direction.
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I like the bow thruster I put in my boat. I negated the need to the big cables to run it by putting a 130 Ah battery close to it and just run cables for charging it there. I got it cheap from a boat yard in the UK when I built my boat and like it a lot.

It has 160 + lbs of thrust and helps with the handling in tight spaces as I do not have crew to hand a paddle to.

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I'm speechless. Even a good stinkpotter jab would seem inadequate.
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I was thnking so I decided to ask here. Has anyone used a remote control electric trolling motor as a bow thruster? Im thinking it would be a great thing for close quarters maneuvering. Of course it would have to be kept coverd at the dock to avoid thousands of stupid comments.
...so you have decided to come here to get Your thousand?

Ok, here goes one for ya. Tie Your kid off the bow With a pair of flippers on and then toss candy to the side you want him or her to swim to pull Your bow around.
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I use a leaf blower on my boat.
How long is the extension cord on that thang?
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