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I think Dan and Minne pegged it perfectly.

To what Dan said, captains rejected compasses at first. They didn't want them on their boats.

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The first time we took out the Nauticat, we read over the manual, but missed the crucial section on transfer control of the hydraulic steering from the inside station to the cockpit.
Sorry to slip off topic but that's interesting....... because both steering stations on my '99 are always live - no switch. Maybe yours (or the one you were driving) is older ?

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Sorry to slip off topic but that's interesting....... because both steering stations on my '99 are always live - no switch. Maybe yours (or the one you were driving) is older ?
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i wish i had a bowthruster,i wish i had an aircon also i wish my p++++ was bigger,you just have to make do with what you got
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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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I'd have to agree with Boasun. Learning to handle the boat without the bowthruster is key for when the bowthruster fails... If you've never tried parking the boat without the bowthruster and then suddenly have to do it... I feel very sorry for anyone with their boat near your slip.
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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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.....So a bow thruster is nice to have but Learn to do without because you may end up without one.
That is exactly correct. There will be peace on earth when the simple use of a bow thruster does not exact the vengeance that they can't do without it.
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