Topic: To thrust or not to thrust??

steebee    -- Jan-16-2017 @ 9:29 PM

We are  two families looking to book two boats over a summer week and would like some advice on thrusters. Should we pay extra for these, or having two boats and extra hands would we really need them ? Looking at 40-45ft boats. The saving would pay for plenty of food and beers.


Regulo    -- Jan-16-2017 @ 9:39 PM
  I'd definitely go for thrusters. On boats that size, they can make a great deal of difference, if used correctly. By which I mean not using them to steer along the river (as I have seen). Wink

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hedgehog    -- Jan-16-2017 @ 9:43 PM
  Having two boats of that length you may struggle to find moorings both together, especially in the summer. You may then find yourselves with less hands than you thought and would certainly benefit from a bow thruster.

Steve51    -- Jan-16-2017 @ 10:05 PM
  "The saving would pay for plenty of food and beers"
Eat and drink less and go for the bow thruster.


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Luise    -- Jan-16-2017 @ 10:36 PM
  Your asking the question gives its own answer: YES

I’m a (reasonably) competent helmsman, but there are definitely times when I’ve been glad of my bowthruster; for example when I’m reversing - my boat’s a pig at that - and the wind is blowing me off a straight line, a quick touch keeps me on course.

But newbies with 45’ monsters should most definitely make things easy for themselves (and be less danger to those moored near them) by hiring craft with thruster(s). And if, with a bit of practice, by the end of the hire period you can, for example, get out of a tight space with a strong onshore wind and the current pushing you onto the boat moored in front by leaving astern and using a spring line without using the thruster(s), you’ll have confidence enough not to need them next time.


This message was edited by Luise on Jan-16-17 @ 10:40 PM

TerryTibbs    -- Jan-17-2017 @ 2:31 PM
  You pays your money and takes your chances, there is nothing you will encounter on the Broads that can't be achieved without Bow Thrusters, I haven't got them on my boat and would not have them fitted. Have there been times in the last 40 years or so where having bow thrusters would have helped? Yes but few and far between. Ive seen people with Bow Thrusters making a right pigs ear of mooring and Ive seen hirers who look as though they have no idea what they are doing put a 40ft hire boat in a mooring first time without bow thrusters better than I could.
Yes they are usefull, no they are not essential. If money is tight I wouldn't waste it.

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annville    -- Jan-18-2017 @ 4:25 PM
  Hi Stephen Do you need or have used parking sencer's to park your car? bow thrusters can be usefull but not essential, but can make mooring/ casting off easier and safer. but as like most things in life there can be a cost involved.they are now fitted to most new builds these days.John

Exile    -- Jan-20-2017 @ 1:34 AM
  Eat the food and drink the beer and pick up helming skills as you go along.
Just do everything slowly so as not to risk damage to others boats and ignore any potential idiotic sneering if you have to attempt mooring more than once (plenty of people consider themselves expert boaters, very few actually are).
Enjoy your trip whatever you decide.

daz3210    -- Jan-25-2017 @ 12:54 PM
  I've hired a good number of times, and only once had thrusters.

I certainly wouldn't pick a boat just for the thrusters, they are useful, but not essential as others have said.

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