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12-23-2013 09:09 PM
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

Originally Posted by Pamlicotraveler View Post
I use a leaf blower on my boat.
How long is the extension cord on that thang?
12-23-2013 06:51 PM
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

Originally Posted by wildcard View Post
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. 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.
12-23-2013 08:08 AM
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

I'm speechless. Even a good stinkpotter jab would seem inadequate.
12-22-2013 10:01 PM
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

11-18-2013 09:51 AM
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

Originally Posted by luhtag View Post
........In fact I'm sure all of you could dock an 80 footer under sail in a hurricane from the v-berth using nothing but your telekinetic powers while you make love to one of your super model concubines.

From this moment forward, I won't feel like I've earned my stripes until I pull this off.

A real keeper!
11-18-2013 09:31 AM
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

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.


11-18-2013 08:53 AM
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.
11-18-2013 02:56 AM
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

Originally Posted by Pamlicotraveler View Post
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.
11-18-2013 12:43 AM
Capt Len
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.
11-17-2013 11:17 PM
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

Originally Posted by luhtag View Post
I know it's an old thread but I couldn't resist.

The low buck bow thruster is a great idea. All the ***** responses on this thread are typical. I doubt these folks would have the stuff to speak openly the same way at a bar. The vision of a lying prostitute getting pimp-smacked comes to mind.

I know everyone on this forum is the best boat handler ever created by God. Even God could not dock a boat better. In fact I'm sure all of you could dock an 80 footer under sail in a hurricane from the v-berth using nothing but your telekinetic powers while you make love to one of your super model concubines.

The idea of using a trolling motor as an occasional bow thruster has a lot of merit. These motors can produce a 100 pounds of thrust which is plenty to assist the bow of any 50 footer. I've helped dock an 80 footer using a dinghy with a 20 lb. thrust Minn Kota and it did just fine. A little slow but it was better than nothing. So the whole not strong enough argument is simply incorrect. And I would never let some dock kid or marina guy push on my boat with a skiff.

My rag boat is 50 feet and has a 65 hp auxiliary. Go ahead with the snippy comments, it is what it is. Reliable and very efficient. But it's not a Titan when maneuvering in confined quarters with a running current and high winds in an unfamiliar marina. A quick attach trolling motor on the bow would make things much more relaxed. All it would have to do is hold the bow. Not spin the boat.

Now before any of you experts tell me how easily it would be for you to dock your boat in a class 3 rapid during a tornado, let me say that I've never had an incident docking my boat. With the pulpit, anchors, and davits, I'm looking at about 57ft overall. It can obviously be done, but what harm is there in having an effective and cheap alternative to cutting a huge hole in your boat? Much of my sailing is 600 plus miles offshore. The last thing anyone needs is another hole in their hull especially at the cost of $9000 grand or more. I can afford it, but I have my principles. And my last concern is impressing the meathead in the slip next to me. I've got nothing to prove.

Over the years I've had to sail some boats in and out of marinas. I've come in and backed my boat into a slip entirely under sail, single handed. I've raced competitively since I was 7. I hold an unlimited Masters license, unlimited towing license, first class pilotage, every unlicensed deck endorsement the federal government has, and I've been Captain of a 580 foot petroleum tanker for over 15 years. I've literally spent more of my life on water than on land and I've got millions of miles under the keel, not thousands. Oh yeah, I've also docked a boat in a hurricane, multiple times.

Point being, who cares about your silly skills. The Op was asking a simple question about his idea. I stumbled upon this post because I was looking for a similar solution. For around a thousand bucks, I can quickly attach a trolling motor near the bow to help back into a foreign slip. What could be more relaxing. I'd rather keep a hand free for my beer or my super model's rear than have to back and fill like a maniac. Done that.

The Kota wouldn't have to extend off the stem as an eye sore. It could simply be attached farther aft, along side, as long as the thrust was deeper than the hull. A remote foot pedal from the cockpit would suffice as a control, and when your boat is all fast, disconnect the whole thing and chuck it in a locker. Easy money. The setup need not be an ugly behemoth. If the paint matched the hull it'd hardly be noticeable.

If I can't find a suitable option for this idea then I'll be talking to an engineer. I bet West Marine would be interested in my marketing ideas.
For your second post in 10 years - I'd say that was very well stated my good man. Carry on!
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