Bow thruster installations can be a daunting task for those just getting into that type of work. However, with the right planning, tools, basic skills and preparation, a bow thruster installation is an achievable project for an industry professional.
In this ABYC Online Learning course, we lead you through the thruster selection process, boring the hole, glasswork and installation of the hardware, controls and separate battery/charging system on a 38 foot boat. Knowing these necessary steps for a proper installation can give you the confidence to embark on this project at your yard
Choosing and sizing the appropriate thruster for the boat
Preparations and measurements
Boring the hole and glassing the tunnel
Mounting the motor and drive leg
Wiring the thruster power and control systems
Testing and programming
This course also includes a special close-up look at the assembly of a thruster at the Vetus/Maxwell North American headquarters.
Member Price: $51.99 Non-Member Price: $61.99 Course Length: 79 mins CEUs: 1.3
ABYC Lead Instructor
American Boat and Yacht Council, Inc.
Mike Bonicker worked with Tidewater Yacht Service in Baltimore for over 20 years, starting as a tech for 5 years doing general repair, electrical and sailboat rigging. He climbed the ranks and became production manager for the remaining 15, still doing hands-on electrical and sailboat rigging work throughout his tenure.
He received his first ABYC certification, Electrical, under the instruction of Ed Sherman at New England Institute of Technology in 2000 and became a Master Tech with Standards and Corrosion by 2005.
Additionally, he has served with pride on the board of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland for over 12 years.
Boating started as a teenager for Mike when he learned to sail at 13 and raced for over 20 years and he's been a life-long fisherman from the age of 5 owning several boats both sail and power along the way.