Originally Posted by camaraderie
Sounds like a waste of money
,time, space, electricity and boat speed for a 40 footer. Why do you NEED one??
I spent many years docking
boats 37 -- 45 feet with no bow thrusters. But after having one on my 54-footer, I would definitely have a bow thruster even on a 37 foot boat. It gives you so much more control of where you put the boat in close quarters -- the difference is night and day. It's a question even of safety
, plus risk of damage to other people's boats, too -- even if you are pretty skillful at docking
It's also a question of being able to get into or out of some berths at all -- there are situations where it is simple impossible without it.
And they save a lot of trouble (and scratches) warping off of lee pontoons. Turn your wheel towards
the pontoon, forward gear
, throttle, and bow thruster away
from the pontoon, and you're off the pontoon without a scratch, and without warping off. I would prefer not to be without a thruster again, having now tried it.