Hydraulic vs electric bowthruster is an age-old discussion. If you are set up for it or can do so in a 60' boat then hydraulic will go the distance better. Smaller boats, less space, short keels then maybe electric. Sleipner reckon electric is easier and cheaper but 60' is a lot of boat to push for more than a minute. I notice a review of the Beneteau
Sense 55 (short keel
of course) in the latest Yachting World;
"We came into a windy marina on a Sense 55 and I had the confidence to hold the boat off and go alongside a new powerboat three times. Perfect - until it beeped and shut down! Over-use of the bow thruster swamping battery
demand was the problem."
Now, I don't know about you but this would worry me (and maybe cost a me a bucket of powerboat repair as well). Does anyone really think a fishing
boat would find this acceptable? Horses for courses - get hydraulic for a 60' boat.