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    Default Bow Thruster Report Back

    I fitted a Sidepower SE40 thruster about a year ago but have only just got back out in the boat. It took me about 8 days solid to fit it my self and about 1700 ( 1100 for the thruster, 400 for lift out and 200 for epoxy/cloth/matt/bonding fillers etc). After 10 days sailing each day and 6 different marinas I could not be more delighted. It just takes all the tension away from entering strange and sometimes tight marinas and worrying about getting in, getting out and having difficult situations due to the more limited manoervering of a cat with an outboard. Maybe my handling skills are not the very best but I have never hit anything in 14 years with this boat but the bow thruster was a revelation, it makes such a difference just a touch here and there with the thruster.
    I was concerned I was wasting my time but it is great.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Stratford upon Avon, boat Poole

    Default Re: Bow Thruster Report Back

    Very well done. I am deeply envious!

    Nothing works on an old boat, except the skipper.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Default Re: Bow Thruster Report Back

    Nice indeed, did you by any chance take any pictures?
    1979 Catalac 8M - 8-84 - Galu'Lati Go

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    Default Re: Bow Thruster Report Back

    Yes I will take some pictures next at the boat. The hard bit I found was deciding where to site the hole. It needs to be as far forward as possible and suitably deep so inevitably a compromise. Also as I have a drying pontoon berth I wanted the thruster tube not to be so deep that it filled with mud. I have the precise dimensions if required.

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