"easy"? There are 4 types of thrusters I'm aware of: tunnel mount, external pod, high volume pump with hoses, and retractable. Seems like retractable is not feasible for most sailboats since the width of the flange is pretty large, 9" wide in the case of of the one needed for my 46' ketch
, and I don't see how that could be nicely flared into the V of the hull
forward. External pod type has simple installation
but looks like a great way to catch up on all sorts of flotsam or fishing
lines, and easily damaged plus lots of drag. The high volume pump with hoses sounds easy to install but it must be very inefficient since all that water
for thrust has to pass through several feet of curved hose of smaller diameter than a tunnel, and maybe even an elbow
or two. Than leaves tunnel mount I guess the only one that makes sense. I am not shy about cutting into the hull
but in case of a bad measurement, whatever, I prefer to leave this for the pros at the yard.
That said, I am seriously considering a bow thruster on my 46' ketch
for all of the reasons given by others. I think I would take the boat out a lot more if I didn't have that last 18 seconds of near panic wondering if I started my final turn at just the right place to get into the slip cleanly. Plus I would then be able to get into places I used to feel confident going with my Cal29.
Just wonder if anyone installed one on a Morgan
462? If so, what type and model, and about where in the bow is it located? I see a problem with getting the necessary 7" below waterline and the current
location of my forward holding tank