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10-08-2008 07:51 PM
poopdeckpappy I wouldn't be opposed to a thruster like the exturn, it's minimally envasive; Manuvering ahead in tight,windy places with a current is not too bad, but manuvering astern with the same conditions is a bit of a whiteknuckler, espeacially with a full keel
10-08-2008 06:47 PM
mrwuffles ive seen smaller boats with thrusters and even motor boats that can be more maneuverable have bow thrusters i think they are a life saver as long as you know how to function with out it also some people rely on it like another engine that i disagree with but if you can function with out it and jsut want the easier maneuverability then you should get it
10-08-2008 06:24 PM
Originally Posted by gocho View Post
What size bow thruster I need for my 22 000 pounds Union 36?
Any reading for installing thruster by yourself?
Thank you
22000 Lbs??? 36 feet?? you don't need a bow need another mast, a bigger sail..... and an engine...
10-08-2008 06:05 PM
Originally Posted by sander06 View Post
With all due respect, it would be one heck of a lot cheaper just to learn how to maneuver your boat without the need of auxillary aids. You're going to need to know how to do it anyways when your bow thruster breaks down and you're right back where you started from.
I have a slip in the marina that has limited space and is a real swine to get into when there is any wind blowing and a tidal stream running thru so it is often really hard to get in and out of. I have many years of practise and experience but sometimes there is no amount of know-how that will make it any easier.

So, yes, I hear all the calls for better seamanship but if I subscribed to that philosophy I would not have GPS, EPIRB, chart plotter, autopilot, Iridium phone, roller furling, wheel steering, wind instruments, refrigerator, pressurised water, the list of things upon which we have come to depend that could fail is actually too long to continue.

So in spite of having to probably live with the moniker of "poor seaman", I'm seriously contemplating a bow thruster as well. And why is a 36 footer too small? If your boat becomes easier to handle what difference does the size make? When the bow thruster stops working (which some believe is inevitable) then you have to rely on seamanship. So what? That's like the cruise control on my car failing. When it does, I have to start driving again , doesn't stop me using it while it works.
10-08-2008 05:59 PM
camaraderie Welcome aboard Nautilus! If you have no connection with EasySkipper...that is fine. If you do have a connection you need to disclose that.
10-08-2008 05:35 PM
External bow thruster

I can highly recommend an external bow thruster I installed myself about year ago.
It was very easy to install (took my about 4 hours, completely with joystick hock up and everything) It is an electric bow thruster and it works perfect. I bought it from a company called Easy Skipper
09-15-2008 02:30 PM
Originally Posted by JiffyLube View Post
I wonder if hull speed is affected with a bow thruster in a sailboat?
not much because the tunnel in small. on ships this problem is solved with two covers on each sides of the tunnel. covers open when the thruster is needed and close when it is not needed. some tunnels have metal rods/ sticks in order to keep debris out.
09-15-2008 02:12 PM
sailingdog Also, not installing a bow thruster makes the boat hull less vulnerable to leaks, drag, growth, corrosion...etc. Lowers the maintenance costs, and increases your seamanship skills. IMHO, a 36' boat just isn't big enough to require a bow thruster.
09-15-2008 10:17 AM
cockeyedbob Ah, a fundamentally sound philosophy, but don't stop there. You'll save even more money and become a true sailor by chucking the engine, transmission, shaft and prop.

Bob kinda prefers a bit o' assistance, comfort, and a substantial margin of safety in his declining years.
09-15-2008 07:09 AM
sander06 With all due respect, it would be one heck of a lot cheaper just to learn how to maneuver your boat without the need of auxillary aids. You're going to need to know how to do it anyways when your bow thruster breaks down and you're right back where you started from.
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