You may be right, things may have changed in the last 6 mos or so since I bought mine, but at that time no Island Packet
with an asking price
of less than 200K or so had bow thrusters, I'd love to have one, but as long as it's less than 10 kts in the Marina I can do a standing turn and only need about 50' or so, using the prop walk, I can turn her shorter than most boats seem to, although so far I'm the only one I've seen doing a standing turn, but that may be because the fin keel
boats don't have to also. If I back out with a strong wind
to starboard, I'm doing a 270 standing turn.
Where I would love a bow thruster is backing into my slip with a cross wind
, as it is now I have to use a spring line to accomplish it, but with a bow thruster I bet I could back her in just like the wind wasn't blowing.
Sigh, maybe one day?
See I'm thinking that ErBrown needs to stay at or under 100K if possible, because anybody's old boat is going to need something. I've been lucky so far on mine, all I've had to spend was pennies, but wanted upgrades, and the eventual chainplate / tank replacement isn't gonna be cheap