A bow thruster is a tool, and can be a nice thing witnin its limitations and in the hands of a practiced and knowledgeable operator. But like most tools it aint free. I cant think of any situation I have ever seen where a retrofit bowthruster would have seemed sensible. As original equipment
FWIW i have docked many 70 to 90 foot single
screw trawlers in tight spots and none had a bow thruster. There are ways. Im not a nautical genius, either, and i learned. Most anyone else can, too. By comparison a sailboat with an auxillary is a piece of cake to dock
. Just learn how, learn the boat, and do it with crew while you are learning
, take it easy and follow all the advice in this thread and it will soon be no harder than parallel parking a car.