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Max Power Bow Thruster 02 May 2021 23:26 #122876

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My concern would the twin props as anything such as a plastic bag or material such as cloth would have a difficult time passing through all those obstacles. My own bow and stern thrusters (basic electric ones from Vetus) are much more open bladed and I've experience only one short-term blockage since new in 2008 that self-cleared after a couple of days. The blades are plastic that actually may have more "give" than alloy ones, but as Balliol says, anything really dangerous may cause more damage to plastic blades. I try to avoid using thrusters in very mucky waters. Stick with hydraulic ones if your engine offers this option.

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Max Power Bow Thruster 02 May 2021 23:16 #122875

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Just found a shipyard picture of the bow thruster under our tjalk, showing the size of the grills, if that helps.
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Max Power Bow Thruster 02 May 2021 22:38 #122873

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We fitted a Max Power MPHYC815 - 8cc hydraulic motor with twin propellers, CT HYD 125 range to Hardy in 2014 and it has worked perfectly (so far).

The prop blades seem perfectly strong enough to chop up muck going through the tunnel and on occassions we have heard some crunching coming from the bow thruster as sticks go through. At our last dry docking we did see some damage to one of the props (see picture) but we decided to leave it, and not change the prop.

All in all, very pleased with it.

Hope this helps,

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Max Power Bow Thruster 01 May 2021 09:04 #122843

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For inland use bow thrusters need to be very sturdy. They get used a lot more than they would in coastal yachts, and encounter a lot more solid debris, so call me old fashioned but I don’t like plastic props etc., and that sentiment is backed up by the number of mashed units I have seen.

These units caught my eye not long ago. They look good, but I have not as yet had any experience of them.

www.hardyengineering.com/products-commercialbowthrusters.htm

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Max Power Bow Thruster 30 Apr 2021 23:36 #122840

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Has anyone had any experience with the Max Power hydraulic bow thruster. I am considering installing the CT125 in my 42 ft cruiser. I currently have an AR Peachment hydraulic drive system powered from a 50hp Nanni. AR Peachment say it is compatible
My query is regarding the bow thruster itself as I can't find any reviews on them.

www.peachment.co.uk/ct-hyd-125-hydraulic-tunnel-thruster/

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