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SunnySunlight
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We are due on Supermore in 8 days time (and counting) and it will be the first time I've had a boat with a bow thruster - any useful tips?

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Hi
Bow Thrusters are excellent. Never would have bothered fitting one but have acquired a boat with one and they are very useful. I think you will find it very easy to get to grips with.

Most do have a time limit and may well trip until they have cooled down but as its only short bursts it probably wont be something you encounter. I do see hire boats using them to steer whilst travelling forward instead of the rudder which seems daft. Very easy to use there is switch to turn them on and off, and joystick or 2 buttons pointing left and right. You'll love it, wouldn't want to be without it now.

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Hi Sunny Sunlight

I agree with Fendoff very useful in short busts coming into or leaving moorings,once you get used to it you will always want boats with them fitted makes you look good when mooring

Have a great holiday I am starting the same day on Summercrafts Georgia Girl so may see you about

Ray

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Hi Sunny,

My advice...turn the bow thruster off....

You can do it without Playful

John

So you want me to moor stern on here?...in this wind?...and tide?...no probs????

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They can be a godsend when the wind picks up and your mooring or trying to leave a mooring. Short sharp bursts are all thats needed. Very easy to use after a short time, you'll love it.. Smile

Paul

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A handy manoeuvre when leaving a side to mooring is as follows.

Assuming the mooring is port side to - turn the wheel hard to port (very counter intuitive)give a burst of thruster to move the bow away from the bank followed by a short quick 'blip' of ahead you will find the craft almost leaves sideways.

I would not recommend this is you have craft tightly moored either end of you or if there is a wind pinning you to your mooring 'normal' methods will need to be employed.

I am sure you will enjoy the flexibility this tool offers





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Perry

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Perry did mean to say that it is helpful to untie your mooring lines first... Playful Wink

Danny

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Well, thanks for the bit about the ropes ... I am female and a hirer, so it's definitely a piece of advice that I need!!! Playful Wink

All in all it sounds like it's a great tool to have and I cant wait to test it out .... particularly like the sideways bit!

So, am I right in thinking that if I was coming along side a mooring I turn the wheel and give a short blast of the bow thruster to push me alongside????

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From what I can remember turning the wheel makes no difference to the bow thruster. In effect you push a button/move a joystick and this makes the front of the boat move left or right.

Hope you have a good hoilday-If you see Royal Star in the yard say hello for me-9 weeks and counting!

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I should just add the left or right bit is not random it depends on what button you press! Smile

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