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1 Week Ago 05:56 PM
Erindipity
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

Actually, that setup isn't bad, as long as it is considered only as a Sacrificial Stem. Saves much Fiberglass repair resulting from bad docking, or from overtaking a Sailboat in a most inappropriate manner.

My Beneteau has the twin Rudder setup, so I don't have propwash to play with.
Well then, blip the throttle, try to get some sternway, and then attempt any directional control. Propwalk is so much fun, when you have ten feet of beam in eleven feet of berth. The previous owner had simply installed dock rollers. I could see the slight gelcoat grunge lines.


I learned the Spring line trick a long time ago, but I learned that it was better to start any Bumpy Boating adventures Bow first, which means swapping Bow for Stern either after the last trip, or before the next trip, or sometime in between, just by using the docklines. I hardly ever fall in.

An Electric stern thruster would be just dandy, because I can hang the damn thing off of the folding swim ladder, and pull it up when not needed. I'll tell people that it is a Kelp Cutter.

The trick is this: You have forward and reverse thrust, and angle. About Angle: not 90 Degrees CW, but some angle that not only prevents slamming Portly into the dock, but that also, with the main prop, generates a combined Vector Force that pulls the stern out cleanly. Maybe 80 Degrees. This would need some experimentation.
Attaching it should be easy: some Research Grade Velcro, (Yes, there is such stuff. They used it on the Space Shuttle. We used it for securing LN and LHe plumbing. Very strong stuff.), and run the cables right to the Starting Battery about 2 Meters inboard. I can use the hole previously drilled for the LORAN Antenna; it's unlikely to ever see any use otherwise.
And it is easily detachable for dinghier reasons.

Now, I can see one big problem here: What to call it. "Propulseur d'Irlande" seems appropriate, and if it doesn't work out, I can always blame the British. All that I would have to mention is "Seagull..."

Erindipity
2 Weeks Ago 05:54 PM
miatapaul
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

Not mad just hate to see stupid waste of money.
2 Weeks Ago 06:45 AM
__floater__
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

Somebody's mad.
2 Weeks Ago 05:47 PM
miatapaul
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

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BOOM!



I think luhtag simply stated what many of us thought when we read the first few pages of replies to the OP's question.
Frankly I was surprised how harsh some of the replies were. Not at all what I expected from a place which I thought existed to help sailors.
Turns out all the smart-a**es have egg on their faces. Perfect.
Just because it was done means it was a good idea. This guy spent a LOT of money putting a temporary motor into a permanent install. Heck he drilled holes in the hull to run the electric thorough. This guy gets an F in hack engineering, every one knows it should have had a battery on the foredeck with household solid wire running down to it and alligator clips instead of a switch. This guy put way to much effort into this. Heck this likely cost just as much as a proper install would have cost.
2 Weeks Ago 02:02 PM
__floater__
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

BOOM!

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I think luhtag simply stated what many of us thought when we read the first few pages of replies to the OP's question.
Frankly I was surprised how harsh some of the replies were. Not at all what I expected from a place which I thought existed to help sailors.
Turns out all the smart-a**es have egg on their faces. Perfect.
12-23-2013 09:09 PM
JoeLena
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

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I use a leaf blower on my boat.
How long is the extension cord on that thang?
12-23-2013 06:51 PM
Andrew65
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

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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.
12-23-2013 08:08 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

I'm speechless. Even a good stinkpotter jab would seem inadequate.
12-22-2013 10:01 PM
bljones
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11-18-2013 09:51 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Low buck bow thruster??

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........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!
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