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Old 24-02-2013, 20:15   #16
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Here is what it looks like when you build up in front to insure the flow stays laminar.
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Old 24-02-2013, 20:20   #17
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Here is what it looks like when you build up in front to insure the flow stays laminar.
Nice job...did you do that install?
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Old 24-02-2013, 20:24   #18
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I did the design, but I had a real pro do the glasswork. Not as easy as it looks.
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Old 24-02-2013, 20:33   #19
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Trust me, it is NOT easy even when you look. They did a great job and the frontal view demonstrates exactly what the Side-power install guide was referring too. What brand did you go with? Look at the nice radius they put on the edge...I love good workmanship.
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Re: Bow Thruster Install on New Boat

This is a very hard project to pull off. Probably as hard as it gets. Kudos to those that do it regularly. Not something to give to just anybody in the shop. Good thing about fiberglass boats, you can tell them to do it over.
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Old 25-02-2013, 07:34   #21
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The thruster is a Sidepower SE170. Went 24v, counter rotating props, they spec it at 462 lbs of thrust. Seemed like a good unit. Boat goes back into the water in late April, I'm anxiously waiting to see how it works.
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The thruster is a Sidepower SE170. Went 24v, counter rotating props, they spec it at 462 lbs of thrust. Seemed like a good unit. Boat goes back into the water in late April, I'm anxiously waiting to see how it works.
I have the 12v unit and it is the best modification I have done to the boat. You will love it. Take your boat out and cut some donuts in front of the haul out slip and make you friends green with envy
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Ok so after much consultation with several surveyors and the commissioning agent the thruster tube has been re-worked with a lot more glass going into the inside, the outside will be re-faired. Just proves the point again that if it doesn't look right it probably isn't and you should just keep researching until you know as much as the so called experts.
Thanks again for your input guys that's why this forum is so valuable.
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Old 27-02-2013, 05:36   #24
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Ok so after much consultation with several surveyors and the commissioning agent the thruster tube has been re-worked with a lot more glass going into the inside, the outside will be re-faired. Just proves the point again that if it doesn't look right it probably isn't and you should just keep researching until you know as much as the so called experts.
Thanks again for your input guys that's why this forum is so valuable.
That rocks.... Of course you didn't need to have the problem in the first place, but.... To have it resolved and now take it off your "concerned list"... Fantastic!

PS Make sure you post a few pics of this beauty in your gallery!
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Good news. The lesson for all of us is...just because a job was done by an "expert" or "professional" doesn't mean it was done right. Ask questions, double check, get a second opinion. Kind of like medical care....but I digress.
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