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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Bow thruster opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by curiouskb View Post
    Both my flybridbe and lower helm Sidepower plastic switches broke after a few years use as the plastic aged and became brittle. Rather expensive replacement.
    mine are 6 years old now, lower one like new, upper one faded but perfect order.

  2. #32
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    Default Re: Bow thruster opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar View Post
    mine are 6 years old now, lower one like new, upper one faded but perfect order.
    Mine are probably 20 years old and still in very good condition.

  3. #33
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    Default Re: Bow thruster opinions

    Kinda weird reading about issues from a premium manufacturer in a thread asking about a budget manufacturer
    Interesting and reassuring that no one has come on to say Quicke are the worst thing ever thanks for all the info I think I know my winter project now

  4. #34
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    Default Re: Bow thruster opinions

    Just to add my two penneth. I had a bit of a problem with the grp tunnel in my 32' motorboat recently. It had weakened over years of use where the thruster bolted through, to the extent that I levered the thruster right out by hand with grp still attached to the bolts! To cut a long storey short I glassed in a new tunnel and also replaced the very elderly Vetus thruster. I went for a Max Power unit simply because it had an all plastic gearbox so no future issues with anodes or corrosion to worry about. I bought the single prop CT60 which cost c1200. The new thruster is braced in position to avoid any flexing damage.

  5. #35
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    Default Re: Bow thruster opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by Beamishken View Post
    Kinda weird reading about issues from a premium manufacturer in a thread asking about a budget manufacturer
    Interesting and reassuring that no one has come on to say Quicke are the worst thing ever thanks for all the info I think I know my winter project now
    Keep us updated with your progress. Hope it all goes well, I presume you’ll be doing the installation?

  6. #36
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    Default Re: Bow thruster opinions

    We have had a quick from new and it's fine just slow to lower but I guess you have a tunnel so lowering isn't an issue. If you fit one just remember anode replacement which I guess you will . As as others have side go for size upgrade if budget permits. Some photos of work might be of interest to others of course

  7. #37
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    Default Re: Bow thruster opinions

    hey can anyone help i have a simple boat off fishing and i want to put on it a good engine to make it faster

  8. #38
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    Mar 2009
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    Default Re: Bow thruster opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith-i View Post
    Just to add my two penneth. I had a bit of a problem with the grp tunnel in my 32' motorboat recently. It had weakened over years of use where the thruster bolted through, to the extent that I levered the thruster right out by hand with grp still attached to the bolts! To cut a long storey short I glassed in a new tunnel and also replaced the very elderly Vetus thruster. I went for a Max Power unit simply because it had an all plastic gearbox so no future issues with anodes or corrosion to worry about. I bought the single prop CT60 which cost c1200. The new thruster is braced in position to avoid any flexing damage.
    You should have good service from this brand, I know of a local commercial boat that had bow and stern Max Power's fitted in 2004, working over 50 weeks per annum, 7 days a week, up to 8 departures per day and complicated manoeuvres requiring thruster adjustment each cruise.
    Still on original motors, but bow has had minor internal motor refurb.
    On that basis, on a recreational boat, your new installation should last a few lifetimes

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