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Old 03-22-2019, 08:41 AM
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I am looking at a 1990 maxum scr 25 foot. its a old boat and from what i understand all he did was cleen it and put money into it.He had a bow thruster put in and was just wondering what was the smallest boat You have seen with a bow thruster.....Bit of a over kill for a lake....Time to get this boat on the Hudson River and run her

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Old 03-22-2019, 12:34 PM
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A Maxum SCR 25'

Seriously though what a puss lol. I run a 20,000 single diesel without a thruster.
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:41 PM
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Right !!!!! when he told me why he put it on i was like WTF .....he shut his boat off before it was tied up....he told me never again and he spent 8 grand to have it put in.....i will post pictures of this boat as i go along ......i am stealing this boat.....he said ok to my offer last week and i thought let me put the gun away before the cops come
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:04 PM
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I have one in my 25.Straight inboard

It makes me look like a pro. I do not get much time to run my boat let alone practice docking. My hand/eye coordination is not the best either. So I love it.

My son uses the boat A LOT more than me and he can back it in with his eyes closed and no thruster.

But I can back a car into a spot without a backup camera/ warning sensors/auto park the first time!
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:52 PM
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I have a 25 inboard with a bow thruster. On a windy day in a tight marina it changes a white knuckle experience into a ho hum, let me move it over a few more inches. Boating is supposed to be fun, bow thrusters are fun
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:02 PM
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had one on my 26 reg - didn't really need it to dock but if you have one why not. used mine more so when out drifting for fluke. had 5 fat asses fishin on 1 side of boat and if lines ended up going down the side of boat , run the thruster to straighten out the boat so line went straight out hence no tangles or maybe less tangles . it worked great. I didn't buy it as it came with the boat and again worked great
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:15 PM
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I think anything under 35' would not really need a bow thruster.
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I have a 28' and I would love a bow thruster. Having a single inboard can be a royal pain to control in wind and current. The first year I owned this boat I think I hit everything except a pedestrian!
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:42 PM
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There is a wakeboard boat company that now offers bow and stern thrusters. The cost is one man card.
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:58 PM
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If I remember correctly, Egret put one in their 23' way back when. I seem to recall it was like a jet pump connected by hoses rather than a regular thruster in a tunnel.
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Originally Posted by v12mac View Post
There is a wakeboard boat company that now offers bow and stern thrusters. The cost is one man card.
That is just WRONG! Haven't kept up with new ski/wakeboard boats since they are so costly now, but really.....no words.

Originally Posted by mikeyrwd View Post
I am looking at a 1990 maxum scr 25 foot. its a old boat and from what i understand all he did was cleen it and put money into it.He had a bow thruster put in and was just wondering what was the smallest boat You have seen with a bow thruster.....Bit of a over kill for a lake....Time to get this boat on the Hudson River and run her
Where on the Hudson? We used to be docked in Peekskill.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:05 PM
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Got one in my sig boat. It is a single diesel. Hardly every use the thruster. Don't trust it to work when needed. Nice to have in a >30'er single. A waste of money in a twin.
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Originally Posted by brettmcg View Post
I think anything under 35' would not really need a bow thruster.
It all depends on how you boat. Where I go the marinas are packed solid and there are no entry slip poles. I have inches the maneuver. When the bow falls away and there is no room you need a thruster. I would not boat without one. If you stay In open water and just go dock to dock then no issue
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:30 PM
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Unnecessary in that size, but if it fits the budget and makes your experience better, why not.

Ive spent a decent amount of time at the helm of a large houseboat. Started out with just a stern thruster, which is all that is needed. A bow thruster was added a few years ago when it was refitted. Completely unnecessary, but oh so very nice. Boat is 100+’ with twin stern drives. You can point the bow any way you want to, then slide the rear with the stern thrusters. With the bow thruster you aren’t just pointing it, you are positioning it.
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:45 PM
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i have one on my 29. when the current is running hard and its blowing in a crowded Alaska harbor i often look less like a douche that i would otherwise.
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I could definitely see the use in a single inboard.
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Old 03-23-2019, 06:05 AM
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I have twin inboards, 40', and can only think of once when I wish I'd had a thruster. I was docking Med-style in a very tight slip with strong cross currents and wind, and keeping the bow lined up while backing was really tough. Took way too many times to get her in, but finally made it.

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I have a 29' single diesel inboard with 10'6" beam that lives on a lift that is 12' wide. I also have tide running perpendicular to the lift. Wind, too.
bow thruster is invaluable.
Comes in handy, too, when your docking at the waterfront joints with limited dock space and don't want to smash other folks stuff and become a YouTube video.

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Old 03-23-2019, 07:44 AM
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I have a bow thruster on our 14 ft Boston Whaler but she bitches like hell when she has to get in the cold water.
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:54 AM
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I have one on my 28 single diesel. It’s like having air conditioning, you don’t HAVE to have it, but it eliminates the sweat.
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