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, Side-Power has been at the forefront of thruster development and performance.
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 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 Side-Power dealer. Downloading and filling out our hydraulic systems questionnaire will help us better answer many of your questions.