Stern Thruster

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Taboo, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. Taboo

    Taboo New Member

    4
    Jan 12, 2018
    2000 Sea Ray 560DB
    Caterpillar 3406
    I am purchasing a Sideshift Stern thruster for my 560DB. Is there a pros/ cons to installation on the transom or the swim platform ?
     
  2. Gary B

    Gary B Member

    123
    May 20, 2015
    Long Island
    2007 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM 11
    We have a Vetus stern thruster on our 52 sedan. It is mounted through the transom. I can't comment on mounting from the platform.

    Florida bow thruster installed ours. They did an excellent job and recommend them highly.

    I love having the stern thruster - so much less stress on a windy day or with a difficult docking situation. My only regret is not installing a larger unit. Ours is the same size as the bow thruster. I would recommend you go with a larger unit than your bow thruster. You will not regret having more thrust.
     
  3. Taboo

    Taboo New Member

    4
    Jan 12, 2018
    2000 Sea Ray 560DB
    Caterpillar 3406
    Thanks - the Vetus is a good option also for me. What size is your stern thruster as I would need larger for a 560 DB ??
     
  4. Taboo

    Taboo New Member

    4
    Jan 12, 2018
    2000 Sea Ray 560DB
    Caterpillar 3406
    Thanks - the Vetus is a good option also for me. What size is your stern thruster as I would need larger for a 560 DB ??
     
  5. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    My advice is to get the largest thruster possible. You're moving the heaviest portion of a very heavy boat, and the part of the boat that sits deepest in the water.

    I've never heard anyone say "Gee, I wish my thruster weren't so powerful."
     
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  6. Gary B

    Gary B Member

    123
    May 20, 2015
    Long Island
    2007 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM 11
    Our Vetus stern thruster is a 352lbf (160KGF) 24 volt
    I believe it has 352 lbs of force with 12.7 hp and is 9.5 KW

    I completely agree with Gofirstclass comments. I would go for the largest thruster you can fit.
     
  7. Taboo

    Taboo New Member

    4
    Jan 12, 2018
    2000 Sea Ray 560DB
    Caterpillar 3406
    Thanks for your comments
     
  8. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    I have a slightly used Sideshift stern thruster that wouldn't work on my boat very well due to the outboards and a place to mount it. gave tons of turning thrust. if you haven't bought a new one yet, and want to make an offer on a slightly used one, let me know 770-364-3313
     

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