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02-06-2013 05:57 PM
Re: Bow thruster advise

Good points.

But, this boat has a full long, deep keel with plenty of room for the thruster up forward. She also has an incredible amount of other storage space.

Again, plenty of room for the three battery banks we are planning on installing.

Weight forward is not an issue as there are three led ingots (150#) currently below where we are going to install the thruster.

As for reasons, I am almost exclusively sailing single handed out of a marina with a strong river current that pins the boat against the dock. Additionally, in a couple of years I am headed over to the Med and with the docking systems they use a thruster is a really nice thing to have.

Finally, the installation is really not that expensive since the boat is already in the mist of a major refit.

Thanks for the input.

02-06-2013 07:28 AM
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Thanks Jim
02-06-2013 07:14 AM
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About 6k.
02-06-2013 03:15 AM
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In most cases I think it's because it's a cool piece of expensive gear.
02-05-2013 10:59 PM
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Denise, you say that like it would be a bad thing.

jimrafford, can you give us an idea (ballpark is fine) of the cost of the Yacht Thruster?
02-05-2013 09:26 PM
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Is there a "jet thruster" being made? (silly question?) something like jet drive on jet skis....

Guess the docks could get sprayed .. and the people on the docks... Should the vessel rock...
02-05-2013 09:11 PM
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Honestly I have to wonder why you want to put a thruster on a 36' boat? Until boats reach 45 foot or so I see them as unnecessary, between 45-55' kinda of a push, and only really become desirable in boats over 60'.

There are some major problems installing a thruster in a boat this size that can be very difficult to deal with.

1) a huge amount of drag relative to the size of the boat
2) a thruster needs to be deep enough not to ventilate. For a boat this size that means moving it pretty far back on the hull
3) the further back it has to go the less leverage it has, meaning you need a larger thruster, meani it needs to be further back...
4) the power budget for a smaller boat makes them undesirable
5) the amount of space they take up, and where that space is can be hard to work around
6) in a boat this size they are of at best questionable utility.
02-05-2013 07:16 PM
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Helluva project!
02-05-2013 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
Very cool boat. I don't recognize it - what is it?
It's a 1973 Fuji 36. There were only two 36' made, later the company produced a line og "yachts".

02-05-2013 12:36 PM
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Very cool boat. I don't recognize it - what is it?
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