I recently installed a Max Power CT80 on my 42 foot Hunter Passage
. I wanted to share the experience, as I know many often consider, which thruster, and more important, who will install it. After months on on line research
, countless boat shows and talking to fellow sailors, I found Rick Sweeten who owns In Line Six Services in New Jersey
In addition to being a avid sailor, I have managed a large shipyard for 35 years, so, I am a good judge of quality work. In all of those years, I must say, Rick and his crew provided the most professional installation
possible. I was indeed a pleasurable experience to witness his two day ballet of ripping the forward stateroom apart, cutting two precise holes in a perfect good boat, installing the equipment
that when finished looked as if it "grew" there, and finally replacing the joiner work and returning the Sea Monkey to a condition that looks like nothing ever happened.
A bow thruster is an expensive addition to your yacht. I wanted the freedom of being able to single
hand my boat on any given day, without depending on the need for someone to assist me in and out of my marina. The new thruster, like my auto pilot is like having another crewman on the boat, given that I found it well worth the expense.