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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.
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
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.