Thrustors

Published in the January 2012 Issue Published online: Jan 20, 2012 Feature
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A large houseboat needs thrusters. It's just about that simple. It's no secret that many of these gargantuan vessels just can't park like a runabout. Indeed, houseboats need a little extra help around the dock-perhaps more than any other craft.

Bow and stern thrusters can make the difference. Depending on where the hydraulically or electronically-controlled thrusters are installed, the units move the boat laterally or sideways with the bow thrusters moving houseboats much like the front-wheel steering on an automobile.

American Bow Thruster

800-535-5377

www.thrusters.com

Docking Made Easy

877-325-4787

www.sideshift.com

HydraNautics

As the leader in the houseboat thruster business, HydraNautics has been building in or bolting-on custom made hydraulic bow and stern thrusters for 20 plus years. Dick Gragert specializes in installing bow and stern thrusters on houseboats in your slip in one day.

(859-885-5545/www.thrusterman.com)

Hydro-Ventures

859-745-1977

www.hydro-ventures.com

IMTRA

Side-Power thrusters are the overwhelming choice among houseboat manufacturers, offering the largest range of thrusters available, including the latest proportional thrusters. Side-Power is supported by Imtra's 60 years of marine industry experience and its sales and support teams throughout North America.

(508-995-7000/www.imtra.com)

Marinetech Systems Corp.

Navigator Division

800-447-3161

www.anvil-group.com/navigatr

Vetus-Den Ouden, Inc.

800-GO-VETUS

www.vetus.com

Wesmar

425-481-2296

www.wesmar.com

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