Join Date: May 2002
Thanked 56 Times in 54 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Re: Bow Thruster on a 33 Footer, Really?
I'm an old guy too, and don't need a bow thruster to maneuver my 35' boat, but there have been a few times when one would have been convenient.
There was a time when I stopped at a gas dock and, upon leaving, there was a strong current pushing me into a shallow area. I maneuvered out of it, but it was dicey, and a favorable outcome would have been easier to achieve with a thruster.
Another time, as I was leaving my slip, a sudden gust blew my bow downwind into an area where I had barely enough room to rotate my boat to get it out of there.
In both instances I managed, but a bow thruster would have made it much easier.
I don't feel a need to install one on my boat, but I wouldn't fault someone for doing so if he lacked the self confidence to cope with the occasional unexpected situation. If that's what it takes for a person to get in and out without damaging either his boat or someone else's it's OK by me.