I looked at that link Gord, but I prefer the better protected tunnel thruster.
I would worry about some nasty hull
damages if that nacelle ever came up against a rock or container at speed. Instead of the boat
just riding up on the bow and keel
, there would be an abrupt stop and a tearing sound.
SG came with a 24v tunnel thruster which, with my full keel
, makes maneuvering very easy in tight spaces.
They did a nice installation
and drive chain is easily accessed from the forward water
seat (see handles)
One thing I am considering at next dry dock
is to remove the welded grills that cover the tunnel openings.
The normal school
of thought is that the grilles offer protection to the bow prop preventing any large piece of wood from hitting it
The second school
believes that those grilles actually contribute to more prop damage by preventing pieces from easily exiting or a wedged piece being really stuck in there. Also the grilles make it hard to clean and maintain the tunnel properly.
I may just cut them off, leaving sufficient tabs to bolt on bars later on, if I am proven wrong.
Curious about other member’s opinion on this?