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Vetus Bow 160 Electric Bow Thrusters

The Vetus 160 electric bow thruster improves lateral maneuverability of boats with sideways thrust power of 352 pound-force (lbf)/ 160 kgf. Install them below the waterline in the bow of the hull for advanced maneuverability in tight spaces. When traditional line handling is not a possibility, such as a short-handed crew, thrusters provide immeasurable peace of mind during stressful maneuvering around the dock.

Vetus bow thrusters feature a streamlined bronze tail piece and composite propeller designed for quiet, effective thrust.

160 Thruster available in 24V model only.

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

$5,247.68 / ea
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Tech Spec Product Info User Generated Content


Reversible DC motor 


9.5 hp (7 kW) 


352 lbf (1600 N) 

Tunnel Diameter

9-7/8 inch 

Weight excluding Tunnel

101 lbs 

Current Consumption

540 Amps 

Operating Time

4.5 minutes per hour , 4.5 minutes continuous 

Main Fuse

355 Amps 

Batteries 12V DC

2 x 143 min. Ah / 4 x 120 max Ah 

Battery Cable Requirements

total length of positive and negative together 
0 - 85 ft / 0000 AWG (same as 4/0 AWG) 

Battery Main Switch Required

Vetus BATSW type 
BATSW 250 


  • 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 thrusters draws 200+ amps, a dedicated battery source is the ideal option)
  • Battery switch and appropriate gauge battery cable.


BRAND: Vetus
Type: Bow Thrusters
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