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Old 04-20-2017, 09:36 PM   #1
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Question Bow Thruster on 3700

Does anyone have experience in fitting an after market bow thruster to a Maxum 3700. Year is 2000. It has been suggested that there is not enough room under the forward bed to fit a regular one and I have been advised to fit a Side-power.com EX55.

I hate the idea because the first time I hit a stick in the water it will knock it off. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:23 PM   #2
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An object large enough to break that off would have done damage regardless of whether the external thruster was installed or not.
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True Shrew, thanks
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It is probably the same as the 35'. I looked at putting an aftermarket thruster in but it all became too hard/expensive. It is possible to but a hole through the storage bin under the forward bed and this seems to be the only access. The standard supplied tunnel is about a meter long but because of the flared bow a two meter tunnel is required. To actually fit the thing there are two very large stringers to cut through as well as punching a couple of holes in the hull. The problem is the things are too well built. Have a brand new one still in the box if you want it..
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Thanks Foxy. I am giving up and going for the externally mounted one.
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Sorry for the late reply. I have the sidepower external bow thruster and their stern thruster as well. Not a hard install at all. You'll have to cut an access panel under the v berth and put a dedicated AGM battery. There is a HUGE amount of unused space up front. In fact I'll be moving my house bank and inverter up there.
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Sorry for the late reply. I have the sidepower external bow thruster and their stern thruster as well. Not a hard install at all. You'll have to cut an access panel under the v berth and put a dedicated AGM battery. There is a HUGE amount of unused space up front. In fact I'll be moving my house bank and inverter up there.
Yes. We have decided to use Side power. I was worried the it was very exposed and would get knocked off on the first twig we hit. But have been persuaded. Thanks for the input though.
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Yes. We have decided to use Side power. I was worried the it was very exposed and would get knocked off on the first twig we hit. But have been persuaded. Thanks for the input though.
I hit a log that almost tore the rudder off. The thruster was fine.
It works great, and with wireless remote, it makes single handling easy. You won't regret it.
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