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It is no secret that the most stressful part in boating is when you are in close quarters to other boats.  Maneuvering around crowded marinas and anchorages is a challenge for even the most skilled operator.  Add wind current and ever increasing crowds, maneuvering with confidence is the only way to keep your experience a happy one.

Thruster systems were developed to allow more confident control of a vessel under any conditions and have become a virtual necessity in today’s marine industry.  As technology has improved, thruster systems have become ever more useful with improved functionality and performance.  All along, Sleipner (formerly known as Side-Power) has been at the forefront of thruster development and performance.

Sleipner (Side-Power) hydraulic thruster systems are based on the proven and reliable DC and AC thruster gear legs using hydraulic power.  The thruster systems can be combined with a complete hydraulic system, giving the advantages of a seamless proportionally controlled system with unlimited run time.  Combining a thruster system like this with Sleipner (Side-Power) stabilizer systems provides complete control and comfort under any conditions.

Each hydraulic thruster model has a number of options for motor sizing.  This is to better match the available pressure and flow of existing systems or to give greater flexibility when designing complete systems.  As with the DC and AC systems, the thrusters are designed to minimize power consumption while maximizing thrust.  This is why all of the models are named by thrust output and not by horsepower.

All of our thrusters can be used for bow or stern thruster applications.  For help picking the right thruster for your vessel, please contact IMTRA customer support or your local Sleipner (Side-Power) dealer.  Downloading and filling out our hydraulic systems questionnaire will help us better answer many of your questions.


Hydraulic Bow and Stern Thruster System Frequently Asked Questions


What Are Hydraulic Boat Thrusters, and How Do They Work?

Hydraulic boat thrusters are propulsion devices that provide lateral or bow/stern movement using hydraulic fluid pressure. They work by redirecting fluid flow through nozzles to create thrust, enabling precise boat maneuvering.


What Advantages Do Sleipner Hydraulic Thrusters Offer?

Sleipner hydraulic thrusters offer exceptional maneuverability, reduced noise, and efficient operation. They are also compact and suitable for various boat sizes.


Which Boats Are Suitable for Installing Sleipner Hydraulic Thrusters?

Sleipner thrusters are suitable for a wide range of boats, including sailboats, motorboats, yachts, and commercial vessels.


Are Hydraulic Boat Thrusters Compatible With Different Boat Sizes?

Yes, Sleipner offers hydraulic thrusters in various sizes to accommodate boats of different sizes and weights.


How Can I Choose the Right Sleipner Hydraulic Thruster for My Boat?

Consult with a Sleipner dealer or professional installer who can assess your boat's specifications and recommend the appropriate thruster model.


What Maintenance is Required for Hydraulic Thrusters?

Routine maintenance includes checking fluid levels, hoses, and seals. It's recommended to have them serviced by a qualified technician periodically.


Can I Retrofit My Boat With Sleipner Hydraulic Thrusters?

Yes, many boats can be retrofitted with Sleipner hydraulic thrusters, but it's best to consult with a dealer or installer to assess feasibility.


What is the Warranty and Support Available for Sleipner Thrusters?

Sleipner offers warranties on their products, and support is available through authorized dealers and service centers.


Are There Any Safety Considerations When Using Hydraulic Boat Thrusters?

Users should follow safety guidelines and be aware of potential hazards associated with hydraulic systems. Proper training is recommended.


Where Can I Purchase and Install Sleipner Hydraulic Thrusters for My Boat?

Sleipner hydraulic thrusters can be purchased through authorized dealers and installed by certified professionals with expertise in marine thruster systems.