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Bow and Stern thruster for 396 MY

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Bow and Stern thruster for 396 MY

Postby CarBru » August 26th, 2021, 3:00 pm

Good Afternoon Carver Family,

I am looking to add a Bow and Stern Thruster on my 396 MY. It is a 2003.

Does anyone recommend where to add the tunnel hole or where to get this information?

Also the wiring and where to install the batteries. There seems to be little room to run wires to the engine compartment then up to the helm..

If anyone can share some insight that would be great!

I have looked at Vetus, Lewmar or Side Shift

Looking forward to your feedback!

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Re: Bow and Stern thruster for 396 MY

Postby bud37 » August 26th, 2021, 3:34 pm

Heh there.....I guess the questions for you is what are you considering spending......there is a huge difference in the install costs of these things and the tunnels and wiring are not cheap. Will you attempt this on your own or will parts of it be jobbed out ?
All above is my opinion, nothing more. Shortcuts are very rarely cheap in the long run.

Who is this Rube Goldberg ?? Is he a boater ??
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Re: Bow and Stern thruster for 396 MY

Postby CarBru » August 26th, 2021, 4:36 pm

bud37 wrote:Source of the post Heh there.....I guess the questions for you is what are you considering spending......there is a huge difference in the install costs of these things and the tunnels and wiring are not cheap. Will you attempt this on your own or will parts of it be jobbed out ?

Hello, I am in the quoting process. I understand the scope of work with respect to the different scenarios just wanting to see how everyone's experience went and if there are any lessons learned.

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Re: Bow and Stern thruster for 396 MY

Postby Viper » August 26th, 2021, 10:32 pm

A conventional bow thruster will require cutting and installing a tunnel. Unless you know how to fiberglass properly and do it yourself, that part of the job can get pricey unlike a stern thruster install which can be done by the average DIYer.

Contact Imtra https://www.imtra.com/products/sleipner/thrusters/dc-electric-thrusters, they will tell you exactly what you need for the boat you have. It's a pricier option but their Side-Power units are very well made, reliable, and they're a great company to deal with.
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Re: Bow and Stern thruster for 396 MY

Postby tgebler » August 27th, 2021, 4:26 am

Just a thought . . . . we have owned a 2000 396 for four years. We initially thought about a bow thruster because of difficulty in docking. We are on the Allegheny River in the Pittsburgh area and the current and wind can be tricky at times. We have since learned how to use the engines properly and no longer see the need for the bow thruster. Of course, if we had one we would use it but doesn't seem to be worth the $5K-6K to have one installed.
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Re: Bow and Stern thruster for 396 MY

Postby kurfew61 » November 24th, 2021, 1:35 pm

I was able to get new gears for my BP1200 bow thruster a couple years ago. The cost of installing a new Sidepower including labor and the fiberglass work to patch holes in the tunnel and patch up the old holes was 10-15K. The gears from www.Thrusterparts.com cost me $1,900. Still going strong after two years.

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