A boat bow thruster can at a minimum be a convenience, but there are situations where having one almost becomes a necessity. Having a bow thruster will make docking your boat much easier, and a thruster can also help you avoid collisions with other boats, pilings, or other objects in the water when your boat is either dead in the water or nearly so.
Smaller craft often use portable bow thrusters of devices mounted on one or both sides of the bow or stern. Larger vessels, generally those over 30 feet in length, most often use tunnel thrusters, the type of which Mabru Power Systems specializes in. Tunnel thrusters tend to increase the water’s resistance to a vessel’s forward motion, but this potential problem can be mitigated if the bow thruster has been properly installed, as will be the case if you rely on Mabru Power Systems to do the installation.
Mabru Power Systems carries a complete line of bow thrusters and GRP fiberglass and steel bow tunnels as well as a selection of stern tunnels. Most vessels use electric-powered bow thrusters, and we carry a large selection of 12V and 24V SE Series thrusters together with a smaller selection of TCi series thrusters. We also keep several hydraulic thruster models in stock.
To complement our line of electric and hydraulic thrusters, we carry a wide selection of spare parts and accessories, including control panels, remotes controls, 4- and 5-wire cables and wiring connections, switches, props, and other essential parts. Whether you are planning to install a bow thruster on your vessel or are looking to upgrade an existing one, make Mabru Power Systems in Fort Lauderdale, FL your one-stop shop for thrusters, tunnels, parts, and advice.