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Old 04-17-2012, 06:35 AM
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what kind of bow thrusters would you reccommend for 26 ft bayliner discovery hard top cruiser.how much should i pay for installwill it really make the differance in docking my boat
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Wow, that's quite a project. Remember that in addition to cutting and glassing in a tube and the motor/prop unit, you will also need room for a large battery. Sure, you can run it off your house battery, but it probably isn't sized to handle the load of a thruster.

For the thruster itself, there are lots of good options. Veetus has some good models for your boat size.

Will it help? Yes, absolutely. Will it be worth the $5k+ cost to have it added? Not as much as a diamond necklace for your wife.
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It would probably be much less expensive and more enjoyable to hire a professional captain to give you a couple of days of hands on instruction on boat handling aboard your boat.

Stern thrusters may be an option for your consideration.
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Take a look at this site..http://www.sideshift.com/docs/download.php?14

A friend of my brother in laws is installing the stern thruster that he'll mount to the bottom of the swim platform. Their impressed with the unit so far, they have not done an in water test yet. There is no cutting of glass involved outside of the wiring from outside to in.

When I tell you they research the heck out of an item, let's put it this way, their engineers by profession.
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why stern thruster vs bow thruster?
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:55 PM
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why stern thruster vs bow thruster?
With the friend of my brother in law it's because he already has a bow thruster and is looking for more control. The added stern thruster he feels he needs based on boat size, 40 ft, plus current conditions in the slip he's at. Majority of the time your find bow thrusters being the only item needed. Bow catches the wind, current quicker and with the stern being controlled easy enough with the motors.


Thrusters are only momentary and normally only have operation time of no greater than a couple secs each time the controls are applied.


Best bet is to review your past years boating with the boat you currently own. How was the docking, current in the area. From that which best fits your needs.
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Not sure where you are from. Florida BOW Thruster could quote the whole project.
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Originally Posted by saltflyfisherman View Post
That's a neat idea. Looks kind of hoky though.
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Stern thrusters should cost much less to install and get the job done as well as a bow thruster if operated by a capable captain.
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That's a neat idea. Looks kind of hoky though.
I haven't seen it yet. My brother in law was over this past weekend and from what he told me their impressed with the construction. It will sit in the water at idle, and out at plane. What they also have is added lengths of extension to lower the unit further if the stern is greater height.

It's a single motor reversible, both props are pitched the same and are same rotation design. The mounting option they give you he was not thrilled with so their having a full plate made that would mount to both stingers under the swim platform. This will even out the stress over a greater area. Their having it made from stainless with cross bracketing for added support from twisting and including backing plates for the opposite side of the stringer.

What they give you is a single "L" shape mounting bracket.

The whole concept from what I see is if a part goes bad it's a swap out.

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26' Bayliner should not need a thruster, get docking lessons for a lot cheaper.
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
26' Bayliner should not need a thruster, get docking lessons for a lot cheaper.
Not to sound like a jerk, but this is good advice. Even if tough to maneuver at first, you will get the hang of it very quickly. If you are docking in a slip with a hazard or cross-currents etc, someone with a little more knowledge can help you with a few tricks.
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Forbones,

You now have three recommendations to get some boat handling lessons.

We know your Bayliner has a lot of windage and, when the wind is up, can be difficult to back into a slip, dock along side, or even drive onto a trailer.

A good teacher can teach you to deal with all the difficulties of nature pushing you where you don't care to go. You'll be a better boater for all that and folks at the marina or ramp will admire your boat handling skills. Some lessons and a few hours of practice will get it done for you.
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It will sit in the water at idle, and out at plane.
And what happens in a chop, or even crossing a wake? Can you imagine the pressure that thing will endure? It will be splinters in no time on anything outside of a calm lake.
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I just use my husband but he bitches like hell when the water is cold.
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not true dude boat is 26 ft and is tall tall look it up 266 discovery bayliner then tell me stern control is more important than bow control .dont think so in the wind
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comes out of the water on plane .under surface 5 inches when at 1-5 miles per hr.
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Take a look at this site: www.yachtthruster.com/
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Putting a stern thruster on an I/O boat makes zero sense. You already have one! Have to say, I can't quite grasp the need for a bow thruster on a boat that size either, but I have never been at the helm of the boat in question either.

Edit: Now that I went to Bayliner's site, I'd say forget the whole thruster thing. They don't even offer it as an option, which should tell your something. That looks like the old Ciera Classic, which I have been at the helm of. Definitely get a series of lessons from a good teaching captain. I liked that Ciera a lot, belonged to a friend's uncle. Pretty well thought out straight forward design and a lot of fun.

BTW I'd X2 on Florida Bow Thruster (they cover most of the eastern US), who is also the Vetus distributor. Their customer service is superb; they patiently spent all the time needed on the phone to walk me through troubleshooting and fixing myself an old Vetus "Bow Propellor" (shows you how old). But again, for this boat, forget it.
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Forbones,

You don't know how to handle a boat. You definitely need a bow thruster because you seem unable to learn from those with more experience.

Good luck with the project. I predict it will be a disaster due to the type and size of your boat. A lot of hull reinforcement will be required to do the job right. Battery storage should not be a problem but you'll need some space to route the large cables from the batteries to the thruster motor. Done right, this will be a very expensive project.
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