Bow and stern thrusters are something that we are continually working on. They can be key to the manoeuvrability of some modern yachts. Although old sea dogs tell us never to be reliant on our thrusters, this is easier said than done, with twin rudders and variable draft keels. The amount of speed you need to manoeuvre effectively in even a moderate breeze with two rudders is daunting, and a little electronic or hydraulic assistance is usually welcome.
Drop-down thrusters are very cleverly designed, but sometimes annual checks and maintenance can be forgotten, leading to problems and unwelcome repairs.
To avoid having to carry out an unscheduled mid-season haul out to replace a leg, it is important that your bow and or stern thrusters are checked over whenever your yacht is out of the water for yard repairs.
Bow and stern thrusters need a very good visual inspections every year. Most of this is common sense; you can easily see if a part is wearing excessively or if something is leaking. Our skilled Mechanical Engineering Team have a wealth of experience in the maintenance and repair of all types of bow and stern thrusters. They are quick to identify and deal with issues before they turn into something more dramatic.
A quick inspection of your thrusters by our Berthon Spain engineers will give you piece of mind for the next season.
Please do get in touch if you want us to assist you. We would be delighted to help.
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