- August 12, 2019 at 10:45 am #11239MarkParticipant
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!September 21, 2019 at 5:26 pm #11412Doug FordParticipant
Did you get the 230 or 300?September 23, 2019 at 11:30 am #11413MarkParticipant
We got the 300. Considered going with the lesser horsepower of the 230, but the 300 is a better “match” to the forward thruster that Nordic Tugs provides as standard equipment. Also, with the sizable keel, prop, and rudder, the additional horsepower of the 300 is better suited to the task of moving the stern of the vessel. We are very pleased with the performance.September 23, 2019 at 12:46 pm #11414Gary WhiteParticipant
Again congratulations on the purchase of your NT! Since we are just a dock away, stop by next time you see us there. We will look for you as well. Last SplashMay 9, 2020 at 4:28 pm #12947jpavlikParticipant
Do you have any photos of your installation? What kind of budget should one have for this addition?
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