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Old 01-29-2020, 04:07 PM
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I'm coming from long time multiple boats but all inboards. Now looking at 30' ish with twin outboards.

One thing I have noticed on boats I am interested in, none have thrusters and few other outboard boats seem to have thrusters and I am curious as to why.
I understand no stern thruster, but I would think there would be many benefits to having a bow thruster.

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Old 01-29-2020, 04:13 PM
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It’s always an option if you’re willing to spend money.
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Because there's no need for them, just something else to break and maintain. In my opinion you can achieve the same thing with twins on the back.
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Originally Posted by hensleyfish View Post
Because there's no need for them, just something else to break and maintain. In my opinion you can achieve the same thing with twins on the back.
Just compare the 30'+ boats with thrusters and those without at a high volume marina, take a close look at rubrails, it will be self explanatory why it's a good idea to have one. When the wind is pushing your bow away from the dock it's an easy step to just hit the joystick and when leaving the dock you don't need people to push your boat off, one motor in forward the other reverse and a touch of the joystick.
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Just learn to run a boat without a thruster and you won’t need one. I single hand my 33ft twin screw inboard all the time.
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I put a thruster on my Onslow Bay, really don't care if people laugh or think it's training wheels....I slip the boat and two lobster boats moored in front of me, the southerly or southeast winds make it a real challenge. When I use it by myself, I don't want headaches and kissing other boats. Don't regret it one bit.
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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
Just learn to run a boat without a thruster and you won’t need one. I single hand my 33ft twin screw inboard all the time.
The twin outboard handles differently than the twin inboard.
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Depends on how wide apart the engines are. On my cat they are widely spaced and I can spin it like a twin inboard. Most monos have them too close together (unless you have a joystick!)
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Originally Posted by bigfoot2 View Post
Depends on how wide apart the engines are. On my cat they are widely spaced and I can spin it like a twin inboard. Most monos have them too close together (unless you have a joystick!)

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Lol thrusters and joysticks, makes it even easier for anyone to own a boat. Boat handling is an art, learn it and forget the thruster.
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I will concede to schmaltz. I can certainly see in the wrong location of a marina with the wrong wind, it could be a benefit.
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I have twins on my 37 footer. I can steer with throttle and transmissions in tight spots no rudder needed. It’s a hell of a lot easier to control than my 25 footer with a single screw.
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Outboards are a completely different game compared to inboard. Get the bow thruster if it helps. Whatever makes it more comfortable for you.
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I have a 30' Grady CC with twin outboards. I can spin that thing on a dime without a thruster.

But the boat came with the thruster, and I use it all the time. It really makes your life easy. It's well worth the $$$.
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Some boats are like good horses. They back themselves into the stall. Others won’t go into the barn without a good nudge.
just call Florida Bow Thruster and enjoy the boat.
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I have a 25 foot inboard with a bow and stern thruster. I use it for precise positioning but when I am docking I measure my control in inches. Boating is supposed to be fun, it is with thrusters
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30ft
couldnt you put the money into a remote controlled trolling motor and use that as a thruster on the days you need it. 30ft with twins is not that hard to handle once you get used to it.
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I recommend a spring line
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Because its not necessary
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