Ve­tus Maxwell Bow Pro thruster

Practical Boat Owner - - New Gear -

The ba­sic de­sign of bow thrusters hasn’t changed much in decades, but this new range in­cor­po­rates brush­less mo­tors, plus a num­ber of fur­ther ad­van­tages. These in­clude pro­por­tional con­trol in which ex­actly the de­sired amount of thrust can be ap­plied. It’s a huge im­prove­ment on the nor­mal crude on/off thruster con­trols. As long as suf­fi­cient 12V or 24V power is avail­able, there’s (al­most) no limit to how long the brush­less mo­tor can run. This has en­abled Ve­tus to add a lock op­tion to al­low the thruster to be used to hold the boat along­side while lines are se­cured – a use­ful fea­ture for short-handed sail­ing, or for those who are no longer as nim­ble as they once were.

Prices are con­sid­er­ably higher than for a stan­dard thruster, but per­haps not out of the ques­tion com­pared to the run­ning costs of most boats of the size for which a thruster would be needed. Price from £1,769.

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