Carefree mooring with bow thrusters and stern thrusters
Some drivers park their car in the smallest of spaces, as if it were some sort of sporting achievement and others prefer to drive on and look for an easier place to park. The situation with boats is quite different: either you have to go to your own berth in the marina or proceed to the space allotted to you by the harbour master. In both cases, your most careful manoeuvres may be completely spoiled by wind and tide, resulting in scratches to the boats gel coat, paint or even worse! This is the reason why an increasing number of boaters want the comfort of a bow thruster, and even a stern thruster too.
It's no surprise that an increasing number of boat builders install a bow thruster or stern thruster as standard equipment. Existing craft can just as easily retro-fit a bow or stern thruster, whether the hull is made of wood, steel, GRP or ferro-cement.