The Vetus Bow 55 hydraulic bow thrusters improves lateral maneuverability of boats by creating sideways thrust. Hydraulic thrusters offer greater output compared to conventional electric ones. A hydraulic motor is driven by a hydraulic pump.
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Hydraulic Motor power
4.7 hp (3.5 kW)
Hydraulic Motor speed
Hydraulic Motor capacity
0.25 cubic inches/rev
Internal Tunnel Diameter
A 6-5/16" / B 10-1/4" / C 5-29/32"
Some marine engine manufacturers, e.g. VETUS DEUTZ, supply as standard a special P.T.O. (Power Take Off) connection, which greatly simplifies the installation of the hydraulic pump. In addition to the pump and the hydraulic storage tank, VETUS can also supply the required load sensing and control devices, as well as the high-pressure hydraulic hoses, complete with end fittings. All these hydraulic bow thrusters may be fitted to GRP steel or aluminum tunnels or used as a stern thruster using the appropriate installation kit.
Install thrusters below the waterline in the bow or stern of any hull for advanced maneuverability in tight spaces. Thrusters alleviate the need for extra crew hands and line handling around the dock.
Hydraulic models offer quiet, effective thrust with unlimited run time as opposed to electric models. They also have a more compact design. They require the support of a hydraulic tank, hydraulic pump and lines. Hydraulic thrusters are excellent for boats that already utilize hydraulic systems elsewhere onboard. For boats not already utilizing hydraulic components onboard, installation of a supporting hydraulic system will be required.
Note: If a hydraulic pump and associated tank are already installed on board, then in most cases this assembly can be used for driving the bow thruster as well.
how big of a boat does the 55 hm vetus bow thruster handle I have a 20,000 pd boat?
The BOW-55HM will work on boats 28 to 41 feet.
Great thruster for docking in slight current and wind on my 34' boat. makes me look like a pro!
Less music and more detail on your video
When comparing the electrical bow thruster to the hydralic you do not give r.p.m on the hydralic one. This makes them difficult to compare. Can it be fitted where there is an electric thruster without removing the existing tube especally for a steel hull? ie can the prop. be reduced in dia. if necessary. Come on give more detail. 1/3 of your video wasted on nothing at the begenning.