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Old 04-26-2009, 12:49 PM
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Went to my marina today to tinker on the boat. I had it in one of the work racks. I was sitting on the deck re-rigging my rods as another boat was put in a rack next to me. As one of the two young men (early 20's) walked by he made a comment about " a bow thruster on a boat that size, it should be a sin" I don't know if he saw me in my boat or not. Being in a good mood I did not jump right up and get in his face.I finished up my work in the next hour and as I got off my boat (Carolina Classic 25ft straight inboard) I walked over to Mr. smart azz. And asked him my most non-threating voice if he could give me a hand.
Him-oh yeah sure.
me-As I handed him my keys I asked him if he would be good enough to demonstrate the proper way to back into a slip with a straight inboard.
Him- Huh? (lost eye contact at this point)
Me- in a not so nice tone of voice ,I want you to show me how good you are at backing in a single screw inboard.
him- silence, no eye contact.
me- I stood there for about a minute where he did his best to act cool with his buddy.
I am glad my new medications are starting to work
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A bow thruster on a 25 footer is ridiculous.











































Just kidding!
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Just curious. What if they said yes?

The most hatred I ever felt was trying to dock a 30' single screw sporty. The boat was light as a feather and had a really shallow draft. It was impossible to steer at less than 10 knots in reverse.

I don't miss that boat, and LOVE the thruster on my 35.
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Wow, doesn't take much to start a confrontation with you. Were I the kid, I'd have shown you how to rig some spring lines and do it.
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Here come all the experts and computer tough guys.

Popcorn anyone?
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To back in a single screw inboard is easy if you know what you're doing.

Approach the slip bow in, and a little to port, at a good clip, the charters call this "coming in hot". Turn full to starboard and as the stern of the boat is about to pass the slip you go full reverse and hard over to port. Takes a little practice but easy enough for a weekend warrior. Also will make you look cool at the marina (as picking fights does not) . . .

Don't sweat the small stuff!
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rb, that will work with my downeast, but not with a sporty that has a small rudder. Those damn things give zero bite in reverse unless you move a lot of water over them.
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Shoot... I want a bow thruster on my kayak.... =)
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
To back in a single screw inboard is easy if you know what you're doing.

Approach the slip bow in, and a little to port, at a good clip, the charters call this "coming in hot". Turn full to starboard and as the stern of the boat is about to pass the slip you go full reverse and hard over to port. Takes a little practice but easy enough for a weekend warrior. Also will make you look cool at the marina (as picking fights does not) . . .

Don't sweat the small stuff!

Why must he do that if he has A bow thruster? "coming in hot" isnt so easy when there is strong current or wind involved! and could be A appetite for disaster if you dont know what your doing. Would you have made them same comments if Inthenet was your dock neighbor? I dont think you would if your boat was on the line.LOL
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You'd get in someones face because they didn't like your bow thruster?

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Good job, InTheNet
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Sorry Gerg, but this absolutely works for smaller sportfisherman (due to prop torque thrust, not the rudder, actually the rudder has nothing to do with it in this case).

Fast forward, when there is current (I dock in some of the strongest currents in the world, and rough seas right there at the dock), or strong winds, the need to "come in hot" is even more important! Try docking your boat "on eggshells" when there is a 28 foot tide swing and 5 foot seas . . . you want to come in hot.

As for my neighbor coming in hot, you betcha. My marina neghbor for 5 years was a 37' Miller Marine single inboard diesel, and if he didn't dock it like that he would have ripped the bow off my boat . . . no worries.

Trying to help a guy with some info and everybody wants to argue, that's why I don't post more than I do . . .

Tight lines guys.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
To back in a single screw inboard is easy if you know what you're doing.

Approach the slip bow in, and a little to port, at a good clip, the charters call this "coming in hot". Turn full to starboard and as the stern of the boat is about to pass the slip you go full reverse and hard over to port. Takes a little practice but easy enough for a weekend warrior. Also will make you look cool at the marina (as picking fights does not) . . .

Don't sweat the small stuff!
I`m sure you know,,, never approch a dock faster than you want to hit it, or go slow look like a pro, go fast look like an azz !!! At a good clip ?? I think not !!!
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my comment wasnt meant for argument. But you havnt answered my question why would he do that if he has A bow thruster? I believe you if you say that you have docked in some of the nastiest conditions in the world but do you think everyone has the experience that you do?

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"Inthenet" sure seems to be getting picked on...

A bow thruster is not a "sissy" thing.

Bet most of you have air bags, power steering, anti lock brakes and a/c in your cars and trucks..

Real drivers dont need those sissy things either.

But anything You can use to help dock your boat safely is a good thing.

As one who does yacht deliveries and training, I'll take everything I can have to help me when needed.

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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
To back in a single screw inboard is easy if you know what you're doing.

Approach the slip bow in, and a little to port, at a good clip, the charters call this "coming in hot". Turn full to starboard and as the stern of the boat is about to pass the slip you go full reverse and hard over to port. Takes a little practice but easy enough for a weekend warrior. Also will make you look cool at the marina (as picking fights does not) . . .

Don't sweat the small stuff!
Above is dead on........continue momentum of stern swing to turn corner into slip. There are hundreds of 50' plus single engine shrimp boats dock every day w/o bow thrusters. One could place an egg between dock and shrimp boat....they would never touch it.
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Originally Posted by jaxfishgyd View Post
"Inthenet" sure seems to be getting picked on...

A bow thruster is not a "sissy" thing.
Certainly not, but would you (consider) get(ing) in someone's face because he made a comment to his buddy about yours?
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Wayne,

You are right to not come in faster than you are willing to hit it . . . unless there is high currrent and winds, then that is out the window . . . take a look at my words in context and you'll see what I mean.

Coming in at idle speed in a 7-8 knot current, or a 30 knot wind, or worse, both at the same time, won't control your boat and you'll smash somebody like the guy in Alaska that crushed my kicker motor last summer . . . he complained it was $1000 to fix it, lucky SOB . . .

If you feel you need a bow thruster use it.

Don't pick fights at the marina, your boat might be sinking one day and guess who'll be the only one there to save it???? Yep, the 20 year old tried to punk out.

The OP was right about one thing, though, there WAS a smart azz at that marina . . .

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