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May 6, 2012 at 15:11 #5871

Stella Scot

A quich Hello from Copenhagen:-) We have just been discussing, that we rarely se any nic 38 with bow thrusters for sale. Of course they have their have their advantages and disadvantages (+ when coming into a small port) (- price, drag, other)

So, anyone got one…?

Best regards
Kenneth, “Stella Scot”

November 30, 2013 at 20:48 #14541


Hi Kenneth,
after 13 years in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea we sailed home to Kiel Bay in the Baltic sea. As you have mentioned, the habours in the Baltic sea, especially in Danmark and Sweden are beautiful, but they are very narrow and cramped. Together with crosswind it is somethimes very complicated to enter or leave the small boxes.
Therefore the same question 1 1/2 year later:
Is there anybody, who has built in a bow propeller/bowthruster, has information on this issue or is interested in installing a bowsthruster?
We will do it!
Kind regards
“Roede Orm” Hull #103

December 4, 2013 at 12:43 #14591

michael bennett

Hello Hans,

I am also in the Mediterranean, and have been considering a bow thruster for some time, usually when I am reversing to a pontoon!
Have you considered what size you would use and the method of powering it?
I already have heavy cables going forward for the anchor winch, but the current for a thruster would be about double, so either double up the cables or set up my batteries switchable to 24v just for the thruster, reducing the current by half. I am not considering batteries forward purely for the purpose.
Would be interested in your ideas.

January 31, 2014 at 14:49 #14741

John Tyler

There is an Atlantic 40 in my Yacht club with a bow thruster. I will ask about it. It is on the hard & I know the owner by sight.

The above was in 2014-ish

I never got a bow thruster [as above] but recently [Aug 2021]I had a problem getting out of the marina, so spoke to a local chap whose full keel boat was on our slip [Poole Y C] He told me about his bowthruster. Type = SE 60/185.

Price was approx £3k fitted locally. He said it is great & even has a remote operating device.

February 4, 2014 at 12:41 #14771

michael bennett

Many thanks


April 22, 2014 at 09:08 #14961

Gerhard M

Hi Guys
my AYLA has one and I am very happy having it, as I sail mostly single handed

June 2, 2014 at 04:33 #15071


Harlequin has a Sleipner bow thruster and I find it essential when reversing into a mooring singlehanded in the med. You have no steering in reverse on the Nic38 and the slightest cross-wind can make things really interesting.

Had a problem with the bow thruster one season – it was the first thing on my list to get fixed the following winter 🙂


April 18, 2022 at 20:36 #27096

João de Almeida Farracho

Hi dear all,

I’m thinking to install a bowthruster.
I kindly ask if anyone having it fitted can help with some topics.

-If it interferes much with hydrodinamic

-Where is it placed.

– Model, Power and tunnel diameter

Thank you.

Kind Regards,



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