Like people, boats also come in many different shapes and sizes. There are now bow and stern thruster solutions for virtually every type of motor boat and sailing yacht ever conceived. Solutions not just for plastic moulded hulls either, but for wooden, steel, aluminium and carbon-fibre hulls with every kind of external design, keel arrangement and internal layout configuration imaginable.
Vector fins re-direct the force direction
Vector Fins™ simply re-direct the force direction/force vectors so that more of the force will benefit roll reduction and less force is wasted on the negative side-effects of yaw and sway that is unfavourable for a boat’s handling and comfort on board.
Marine stabiliser systems have been around for a long time, but are typically known for being used on larger passenger ships and super yachts. However, with the dramatically increased comfort and usability stabilisers add to any boat, it has also left owners of small leisure vessels wanting these systems.
When it comes to discussing the ‘pros and cons’ of installing and using bow or stern thrusters, the subject of noise crops up in almost every single conversation.
Small, shallow draft boats with narrow-angle, v-hull designs with light to moderate displacements are highly responsive, rewarding and great fun to drive at significantly higher than average cruising speeds.
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If having decided to buy a bow or stern thruster, or if you’re planning to upgrade an existing installation, you’ll need to determine the amount of thrust output required to suit your specific needs.