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Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:25pm

Post Subject: Bow thruster

I am new to canal boating. what is a bow thruster and what's it for.


Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:52pm

Post Subject: Bow thruster

A bowthruster is a motor (usually electric or hydraulic) that drives a propeller in a tube that is mounted across the boat close to the front. They are usually controlled by a small joystick, rocker switch or two switches. IT allows you to move the front of the boat sideways and this can be useful if single handing and reversing in wind. However most narrowboats carry a long pole on the roof that can be used for much the same purpose without the attendant complications of the hydraulic system or the extra batteries, charging system and control gear. In do not have one and have three times now reversed past moored boats for perhaps 200 yards in Oxford. Some people find them indispensable, others would not have one for any price. Personally I would not seek one out but would not reject a boat just because it had one. Tony Brooks

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