Vetus 55 Bow Thruster BOW5512D 12V DC
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Vetus Bow 55 Electric Bow Thrusters

The Vetus 55 Electric Bow Thruster improves lateral maneuverability of boats 28-41 ft. in length with sideways thrust power of 121 pound-force (lbf)/55 kgf. Install below the waterline in the bow of the hull for advanced maneuverability in tight spaces. Thrusters alleviate the need for extra crew hands and line handling around the dock.

They feature a streamlined bronze tail piece & composite propeller designed for quiet, effective thrust.

Models available with or without ignition protected motors in 12V or 24V. Ignition protected models include a sealed casing that encloses the motor from explosive gases and encapsulates areas where open sparks are a possibility.

Vetus Bow Thruster units are also used as stern thrusters. Simply mount the unit in combination with the appropriately sized stern thruster kit.

Replacement 12V motor & solenoid also available.

 
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The Importance of Ignition Protection on a Bow Thruster

An ignition-protected bow thruster is important if the electric bow thruster will be installed in a compartment containing fuel tanks or in an engine room where gasoline fumes are present. A conventional thruster's motor could ignite the fumes.

Vetus developed the DI model thrusters with sealed motor housings that meet the ISO 8846 Marine ignition protection standard. For help in selecting the correct bow thruster for installation on your boat, call and speak to your knowledgeable Jamestown Distributors customer service representatives at 800-423-0030.

Vetus 55 Bow Thruster Features

  • Unique 6-blade propeller design minimizes noise from cavitation.
  • Single propeller creates less disturbance of flow within the tunnel.
  • Flexible coupling between the motor and the tailpiece minimizes vibration.
  • Spiral gears reduce transmission noise.
  • Streamlined tailpiece optimizes flow.
  • Durable, Dupont™ Delrin® propeller reduces weight and eliminates corrosion.
  • Easy to install using complete operating instructions supplied.
  • Ingition protected models (BOW5512DI & BOW5524DI) meet the ISO 8846 Marine ignition protection standard.

Complete installation of any Vetus Electrical Bow Thruster requires, at minimum, the following items:

  • Bow Thruster unit
  • Tunnel (most commonly used is fiberglass, which must be fiberglassed into the bow below the waterline.)
  • Control Panel (several styles offered)
  • Electric Connection Cables
  • Dedicated Battery power (Since any electric thruster draws 200+ amps, a dedicated battery source is the ideal option)
  • Battery switch and appropriate gauge battery cable

 

Bow 55 Thrusters Specifications  BOW5512D  BOW5524D  BOW5512DI  BOW5524DI 
Boat Length (ft/m)  28-41/8.5-12.5  28-41/8.5-12.5  28-41/8.5-12.5  28-41/8.5-12.5 
Ignition Protection  No  No  Yes  Yes 
Voltage (V DC)  12  24  12  24 
Power (hp) 
Thrust Force (lbf/kgf)  121 / 55  121 / 55  121 / 55  121 / 55 
Motor, Reversible DC  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Max. Operating Time (minutes) 
Weight of Thruster Unit (lbs)  44  44  44  44 
Current Consumption (amps)  350  200  350  200 
Main Fuse ''Slow Blow'' (amps)  250  125  250  125 
Batteries 12V (min/max AH)  1 x 105 / 1 x 200  2 x 55 / 2 x 70  1 x 105 / 1 x 200  2 x 55 / 2 x 70 
Battery Cables, Length Pos./Neg. (FT/AWG)  0-39.37/00 (2/0)  0-75.45/2  0-39.37/00 (2/0)  0-75.45/2 
Battery Main Switch (Model BATSW/Type BPMAIN  250 / 12  250 / 24  250 / 12  250 / 24 
Tunnel Internal Diameter (inches)  5-29/32  5-29/32  5-29/32  5-29/32 
Bow 55 Thrusters Dimensions (see images)  BOW5512D  BOW5524D  BOW5512DI  BOW5524DI 
A (inches)  5-5/8  5-5/8  7-43/64  7-43/64 
B (inches)  14-27/32  14-27/32   16-7/32  16-7/32 
C (inches)  3-7/64  3-7/64  3-7/64  3-7/64 
D (inches, min./max.)  11-13/16 / 23-5/8  11-13/16 / 23-5/8  11-13/16 / 23-5/8  11-13/16 / 23-5/8 
E (inches)  6-19/64  6-19/64  9-27/32  9-27/32 
F (diameter, inches)  5-1/8  5-1/8  7-43/64  7-43/64 
G (inches, min.)  5-29/32  5-29/32  5-29/32  5-29/32 
H (diameter, inches)  5-29/32  5-29/32  5-29/32  5-29/32 
BRAND: Vetus
Type: Bow Thrusters
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