bow-thuster in a wooden hull?

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by pietro, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. pietro
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    pietro New Member

    Hi all, I would like to buy a 1977 60" Baglietto, twin DD 12v 650hp. As the hull is a triple mahogany planked one, does anyone help me to understand if it could be wise to place a bow-thruster in it? Fiberglass tunnel should be ok? Does anyone know someone who made it on a similar motorboat? Thank you a lot.
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    I am not familiar with the design, but it is possible to install a bowthruster. It would have to be designed so when the structure is modified the hull is still solid.
     
  3. peter radclyffe
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    peter radclyffe Senior Member

    yes i have seen it done
     
  4. Tantalus
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    Tantalus 1963 kauri cruiser

    My boat is snuggle skin kauri timber - 1inch. Have fitted a bow thruster. Best 8k I've ever spent. Structurely - no problem. Moves the bow left or right with no flex, or movement in the planks. Get a reputable boatbuilder and trust him....
     
  5. Tantalus
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    Tantalus 1963 kauri cruiser

    Snuggle??? I meant single skin.... :)
     

  6. apex1

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    She was built in your backyard, in Varazza, and I am sure all the Ligurian coast up and down, you find at least a handful of yards and shipwrights in every port having done exactly what you are planning. Just ask at the next bus stop.
     
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