Bow Thruster Guard Bars

Dave100456

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I have a bow thruster and 2 of the 5 guard bars have come away.
Is it necessary to have guard bars? What exactly do they prevent from entering the tunnel? Even with all bars in place they are far enough apart to not prevent rope, plastic bags, hands, or even forearms entering, so what purpose do they serve and am I foolish to do away with them?
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My Vetus bow thruster does not have any guard bars and I would not fit any as to be effective they need to be quite close together and if fitted this way would reduce the efficiency of the bow thruster.
 

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My Vetus bow thruster does not have any guard bars and I would not fit any as to be effective they need to be quite close together and if fitted this way would reduce the efficiency of the bow thruster.

Yes thats my thinking. Just wondered why the boat builder fitted them as standard; possibly to satisfy some H&S criteria. I am tempted to remove them all but will wait for any advice to the contrary.
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