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    Posted: 22 February 2008 at 14:22
After several months, my local marina finally finished the install of a MaxPower bow thruster. The following picture shows the thruster as it exits the hull close to the bow of the boat. When retracted, you can not tell there is a thruster present.
 
 
 
The next picture was taken looking forward at the V-berth. Note the cut out necessary to obtain access to install the thruster. A plywood laminated sheet was fabricated to cover this area. I was particularly impresssed with the glasswork in this application.
 
 
After a lot of consideration, we decided to place the control for the thruster next to the engine control pannel. I wanted the control directly below and evenly spaced with the anchor control but final placement required it to be to the left due to height requirements.
 
 
An finally the battery. We added to additional batteries in the foward hatch space on the port side of the main cabin. I am using these new batteries for the anchor windlass and the thruster. Note the dual 0 gague cables used to route power to the thruster. When in use, the power draw is very heavy.
 
 
Now I have to wait several months before I can use the new toys. I know that the rub rails on the side of the boat will be glad to have this addition. I'm looking forward to trying this in the spring.
 
Mike
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Considering buying a 370 shortly, I find the weight of the bow thruster in the anterior part of the hull could be an issue for stability and performance. It seems the Max Power weight is at least 40 kg, plus batteries. What is the experience of owners ? Would it be advisable (and possible) to install the batteries more backwards to reduce the extra weight on the bow ?

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It is possible to move the batteries more toward the back of the boat but you will need larger diameter copper wire. The cost will be very expensive. I have been using this combination now for 3 months and have not noticed much difference in sailing performance. When the boat was put back in the water, I noticed that the waterline was at about the same place (+- inch) it was without the thruster. It seems this additional weight did not change the balance of the boat that much. I have sailed in 30+ knot winds with 4 foot waves without any noticable effect of additional weight. I am very pleased with the additional control that I now have using the thruster. I can now single hand dock the boat without concern for hitting the pier or other boats. Good luck in your purchase plans.

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Ellen McArthur is supposed to have said "every additional equipment will slow down the ship, except if it is in sails...", so I am higly interested in owners' experiences. Many thanks for this useful info !
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