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Ricky posted 09-06-2011 08:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ricky   Send Email to Ricky  
Saw something this weekend I thought was really interesting and should be passed on to other Conquest owners.

Took my 305 Conquest to a port in Mass. and stayed as a transient in a nice marina. Another 305 was there and the owner and I talked a bit about our boats. He had the 300 hp V's, which I wish I had, but the really interesting thing is that he had a bow thruster installed. It was $8400 but he was certain it was the best money he ever spent. The control afforded put him totally in his comfort zone.

Granted, the marina was in a river with strong tidal currents, and close to the ocean so subject to winds as well.

I have had issues backing down with my boat since the lack of keel and "sail" area make control difficult. However with one engine in fwd and one in reverse it will pivot fairly well. Interesting to know that with the appropriate expenditure you can fix this issue. It required an additional battery in the stern under the hatch and I noticed the bow non-skid area held a little water due to the weight of the unit forward.

Not sure this is "postworthy" but it was interesting to me that it was even feasible.

K Albus posted 09-06-2011 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Was his bow thruster installed when the boat was built, or was it an aftermarket add on? I saw in the 2011 Boston Whaler catalog that a bow thruster is included as standard equipment on the 345 Conquest, but the catalog does not list a bow thruster as available equipment for the 305 Conquest.
Ricky posted 09-06-2011 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ricky  Send Email to Ricky     
Aftermarket. Installed as a result of need for more control.

Wonder if the ac unit was relocated as a result of this installation.

jollyrog305 posted 09-06-2011 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jollyrog305    
I find it hard to believe that since the new 285 has an optional bow thruster and (assumung Boston Whaler continues the model) the 305 wont. What I find encouraging is that the 305 has not changed much in its design, so hopefully a factory reto-fit would not break the bank.

Ricky did you hsppen to get any pictures?

JTC posted 09-06-2011 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for JTC  Send Email to JTC     

My 295 Conquest backs like a DOG. If there's any sort of wind blowing from the side I pretty much have no control over which way I'm pointing (i.e. I can be pointing 45 degrees away from the line I'm backing on -- my keel has little if any effect in reverse). Also, operating the engines in opposition to each other doesn't really work that well when it's windy because the engines are mounted pretty close together.

I've mulled around the idea of having a bow thruster installed for a couple of years... Pretty pricey, but man it would be nice...

Ricky posted 09-07-2011 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ricky  Send Email to Ricky     
No, did not get any pics. Nothing to see unless boat was out of water or on plane. Installation would be interesting feat though. Motor for thruster must be in compartment where ac is, unless they use anchor locker somehow.

Also would like to see how batteries were configured. Owner said he had three batts. House, engines and thruster. His boat was an '08. Thrusters use a lot of juice quickly, but then have a lot of time to recharge, since only used for docking. Given Verado's power steering need for juice as well, thruster must have its own batt for sure. Wonder how Whaler is configuring.

I think next time I will just ask the guy to leave his boat for a while so I can explore the entire installation. Seriously, the owner was quite happy with the installation and believes it is now the perfect boat for his family. Tubing, fishing, hanging out at sandbars and an occasional overnight with the ability to get out of the weather- real nice in New England.

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