Bow Thruster- fitters

exfinnsailor

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Buy your own bow thruster and get a glass fibre man to put the tunnel in for you. Cost me £500 which included materials and coating with coppercoat to match the rest of the boat.

He fitted the bow thruster in place and sealed it.

Make sure the bow thruster is big enough .. Don't skimp
Short cables to a separate battery for maximum power is best .
If you have to use long cables work out the voltage drop :eek: .
The voltage drop is worked out on the length of cable there and back .
Decent quality cable is not cheap .
You save money by buying your own rather than a yard adding 30% + VAT .

Well worth it . Just wished I had fitted one 3 years ago .

Ours is a Beneteau 323 ( 10 meter ) the bow thruster is a Side Power SE60 with a 185mm tube

I had a quote of £3900 + Vat using engine battery and long cables

Saved about £1000 doing it myself with GEL battery and remote

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Quick Google gave me ..

The Fibre Glass Man
Unit 14 Caledonian House, Kilwinning, Ayrshire KA13 6EX
Firth of Clyde, North Ayrshire
p: 07562 025253

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Buy your own bow thruster and get a glass fibre man to put the tunnel in for you. Cost me £500 which included materials and coating with coppercoat to match the rest of the boat.

He fitted the bow thruster in place and sealed it.

Make sure the bow thruster is big enough .. Don't skimp
Short cables to a separate battery for maximum power is best .
If you have to use long cables work out the voltage drop :eek: .
The voltage drop is worked out on the length of cable there and back .
Decent quality cable is not cheap .
You save money by buying your own rather than a yard adding 30% + VAT .

Well worth it . Just wished I had fitted one 3 years ago .

Ours is a Beneteau 323 ( 10 meter ) the bow thruster is a Side Power SE60 with a 185mm tube

I had a quote of £3900 + Vat using engine battery and long cables

Saved about £1000 doing it myself with GEL battery and remote

..

Quick Google gave me ..

The Fibre Glass Man
Unit 14 Caledonian House, Kilwinning, Ayrshire KA13 6EX
Firth of Clyde, North Ayrshire
p: 07562 025253

..

Interesting! I'm not much of a DIY person but the savings are tempting.

My quote: £2800 + Vat supplied and fitted everything except yard lift and launch. 2 day job, done at my base marina. They recommended using existing house battery as the cable run is fairly short (31' boat) Whirlpower Thuster 55kgf 4HP.
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exfinnsailor

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You need to look at the stats for the bow thruster and see what the power consumption is . Alot also depends on the type of leisure battery you are using as some will not be able to supply the cranking amps required by the thruster . Alot of trade off's. You really need to keep the runs to the battery as short as possible or use very large cable.

The best installations appear to be with a dedicated decent high cranking capacity battery otherwise your bow thruster will be functioning at far less power output than you think it is.

You will not know this until you try to drive the bows round in a F5 or F6.

Do your sums and see what you can get a thruster for .

I have googled your choice of thruster and they only appear to have one outlet . So hardly a recognised brand .

Have a look at the difference in specs Here

It uses the same size tunnel but produces about 20% more power :)

Ask them for a quote for a Sidepower thruster and see what happens :rolleyes:
 
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