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Bow Thrusters

As a single handed boat owener to be, bow thrusters seem like a good option, which is best, ellectric or hydraulic? Many thanks.

Asked by: Anthony Burnell  | 8.22am, Sunday 2 May

WW says:

Hydraulic bow thrusters receive their power from a hydraulic pump run from the engine so there is virtually no limit to the amount they can be used. Electrical bow thrusters get their power from a battery which has to be charged by the alternator. Since bow thrusters take quite a lot of power, the battery bank soon runs down and you have to wait until it is recharged before you can use it again.
As is so often the case, the better solution - hydraulic - is also the most expensive.
So, if you anticipate giving the bow thruster a lot of use, hydraulic is the best bet. If you think you can limit your use, save some money and go for electric.

Graham Booth  | 3.10PM, Sunday 2 May

Readers say:

As a single handed boat owner (45 foot tug) I've always managed with a good centre line and a medium (about 7 foot) shaft
When you've got the hang of the boat and how she handles in confined / awkward spaces you'll find a bow thruster is a waste of money and maintenance

Ray Butler  | 6.48PM, Wednesday 5 May

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