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May 6, 2012 at 15:11 #5871

Stella Scot
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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

Kuchenbuch
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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
Hans-Henning
“Roede Orm” Hull #103

December 4, 2013 at 12:43 #14591
michael bennett
michael bennett
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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.
Mike

January 31, 2014 at 14:49 #14741
John Tyler
John Tyler
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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.

February 4, 2014 at 12:41 #14771
michael bennett
michael bennett
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Many thanks

Mike

April 22, 2014 at 09:08 #14961
Gerhard M
Gerhard M
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Hi Guys
my AYLA has one and I am very happy having it, as I sail mostly single handed
Gerhard

June 2, 2014 at 04:33 #15071

Admin
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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 🙂

Andy

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