Added external stern thruster to our NT37

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    We recently purchased NT37-157 “Lured Aweigh” and re-christened her “First Tracks”.  She is a wonderful vessel and a significant upgrade from the Ranger Tug 27 that we have enjoyed the past 5 years.  Having been spoiled with both bow and stern thrusters, the our first priority for a modification was to add a stern thruster.  We looked at a number of options but ultimately chose to purchase an “external thruster” from YachtThruster and had Cap Sante Marine Service do the install.  We are very happy on both counts.

    The “external thruster” is a compact unit that installs above and just aft of the rudder, which eliminates protruding aft of the swim step and adding to the LOA of the vessel.  We are moored at Anacortes Marina and were concerned about adding even a few inches to the LOA if the thruster extended beyond the swim step, as well as protecting the thruster from inadvertent impacts.  While Cap Sante Marine does many thruster installations, this was the first for them to do an “external” thruster style.  Yes, we received our PaNNTOA discount, so thank you PaNNTOA!  If any members have any specific questions about our stern thruster and installation, I’m happy to answer them!  And we are very happy to be part of the Nordic Tug family and look forward to meeting more members at the Port Browning Mini-Vous next month!

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