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  • Vetus Solenoid Pack for BOW55, 60, & 75 Thrusters

    Vetus Solenoid Pack for BOW55, 60, & 75 Thrusters

    The Vetus Solenoid Pack SET0015 is a replacement 12V solenoid pack for Vetus bow and stern thruster...

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    Price: $291.23
  • Vetus Thruster Propellers

    Vetus Thruster Propellers

    Six blade replacement propellers for Vetus bow and stern thrusters....

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    Price: $63.83 to $191.47
  • Vetus Bow 60 Electric Bow Thruster

    Vetus Bow 60 Electric Bow Thruster

    The Vetus 60 electric bow thruster improves lateral maneuverability of boats with sideways thrust...

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    Price: $949.22 to $2079.96
  • Lewmar 185TT Bow Thruster

    The Lewmar 185TT Bow Thruster adds tremendous close quarters maneuverability with efficient,...

    Price: $1812.17 to $2870.63
  • Lewmar 140TT Complete Bow Thruster Kit

    Lewmar 140TT Complete Bow Thruster Kit

    Complete thruster kit includes all the basics required to install a bow thruster system on vessels...

    Price: $11.94 to $1491.87
  • Vetus Bow 220 Electric Bow Thrusters

    Vetus Bow 220 Electric Bow Thrusters

    The Vetus 220 electric bow thruster improves lateral maneuverability of boats with sideways thrust...

    Price: $6523.31
  • Vetus Aluminum Bow Thruster Tunnels

    Vetus Aluminum Bow Thruster Tunnels

    Vetus aluminum tunnels are required to install bow thrusters on boats with aluminum hulls....

    Price: $209.20 to $2156.39
  • Vetus Steel Bow Thruster Tunnels

    Vetus Steel Bow Thruster Tunnels

    Vetus steel tunnels are the preferred tube to install bow thrusters on steel hulled vessels....

    Price: $142.18 to $4062.15
  • Vetus Bow 35 F Electric Bow Thruster

    Vetus Bow 35 F Electric Bow Thruster

    The Vetus 35 F Electric Bow Thruster improves lateral maneuverability of boats with sideways thrust...

    Price: $1594.11
  • Vetus Remote Control for Bow & Stern Thrusters

    Vetus Remote Control for Bow & Stern Thrusters

    The 12/24V DC Vetus Remote Control for Bow & Stern Thrusters offers key fob convenience for...

    Price: $250.84
  • Lewmar T2 Fuse Holder for TT Series Thrusters

    Lewmar T2 Fuse Holder for TT Series Thrusters

    The Lewmar T2 Fuse Holder for TT Thrusters holds ANL-type fuses and is designed so fuses can be...

    Price: $38.55
  • Vetus Bow 310 Hydraulic Bow Thruster

    Vetus Bow 310 Hydraulic Bow Thruster

    The Vetus BOW310HM Hydraulic Thruster improves lateral maneuverability of boats by creating...

    Price: $4419.18
  • Vetus Bow 550 Hydraulic Bow Thruster

    Vetus Bow 550 Hydraulic Bow Thruster

    The Vetus BOW550HM Hydraulic Thruster improves lateral maneuverability of boats by creating...

    Price: $9143.28
  • Vetus Bow 410 Hydraulic Bow Thruster

    Vetus Bow 410 Hydraulic Bow Thruster

    The Vetus BOW410HM410 hydraulic thruster provides sideways thrust power of 905 pound-force...

    Price: $8381.34
  • Vetus Hydraulic Bow & Stern Thruster Control Panel BPJ5D

    Vetus Hydraulic Bow & Stern Thruster Control Panel BPJ5D

    This panel is intended for vessels with twin-thruster configurations and combines both thrusters in...

    Price: $1381.13
  • Vetus Hydraulic Bow Thruster Control Panel BPJ5

    Vetus Hydraulic Bow Thruster Control Panel BPJ5

    Control Panel BPJ5 is a single joystick control for hydraulic bow thrusters. Vetus includes an...

    Price: $818.01
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A bow thruster adds easy control of the bow at slow speeds to counter the effects of wind, current and prop walk. The desired lateral movement becomes a reality with a thruster. This is enables the person at the helm to maneuver a boat easily into tight dock spaces or moorings. Thrusters operate by an electrically or hydraulically driven propeller that pushes thrust laterally, enabling the bow of a boat to move sideways. Controls from the helm station allow the pilot to move the bow of the vessel to either port or starboard. In a similar manner, the stern of the boat can also be controlled, by installation of a stern thruster. Bow and stern thruster combination add balanced sideways thrust, enabling a boat to slide sideways without moving ahead.

Vetus offers thrusters in both electric and hydraulic versions, Lewmar in electric version. Thrusters with electric motors are easiest to retrofit into a boat, and work excellent. The only drawback to electric motored bow thrusters is the duration for which a thruster can be operated. Due to heat build up in the motor, electric thrusters are only operable for a few minutes every hour. Under normal operating conditions, this poses no problem. Also, if an electric motor is placed in a void where there exist risks of fuel fumes, it will need to be ignition protected. Electric thruster installation should incorporate a dedicated battery bank. For most applications, AGM style batteries are preferred because it eliminates gas emissions and acid leakage typical of lead acid batteries.

Hydraulic thrusters are the optimum choice for boats which use hydraulic systems. Hydraulic thrusters are very powerful and hydraulic motors have no operating time limitations. The cost of the hydraulic version is more expensive, but one hydraulic motor can operate the thrusters, windlasses, winches, hatches and davits, thus reducing weight, expense and offering more power than electric versions. In most cases cost and installation of a hydraulic thrusters is beneficial on boats that incorporate hydraulics.

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