|Florida Bow Thrusters, Inc. offers nationwide sales, service and quick installation of a full range of electric and hydraulic bow and stern thrusters. FBT also sells, services, and installs hydraulic swim platforms. Through close partnerships with the most recognized thruster manufacturers in the world, Florida Bow Thrusters offers the precise selection of hardware for a wide variety of power and sailboats. Our impressive network of boat dealers and marinas throughout the United States work together to make sure that your job is completed in a timely and professional manner.|
Florida Bow Thrusters, Inc. offers mobile installations at the marina of your choice. Installation takes just a few days - not weeks, and can be scheduled to minimize the time your boat is out of the water. Our factory-authorized installers fastidiously prep and protect your boat to insure a clean installation. We carefully match the thruster to your boat. No one size fits all approach. Joystick controls are professionally installed for a perfect fit at the helm and selected to match the aesthetic appearance created by the boat manufacturer. Thrusters are intuitive to use and require little maintenance.
Even skilled skippers need an extra hand battling sudden wind shifts, strong currents or congested marina-docking assignments. With a bow and stern thruster you avoid ping-pong docking and reduce the risk of damaging someone else's vessel, not to mention your own boat. Thrusters inspire docking confidence and provide a gentle push - that you control - away from or to the dock or seawall. Offers tremendous maneuverability, especially when you're shorthanded or cruising with inexperienced guest.
Stern thrusters for complete control
Once available only on luxury yachts, the concept of a stern thruster in addition to a bow thruster is rapidly gaining acceptance. A stern thruster is helpful in close quarters - call it "parallel parking" - literally "walking" the boat sideways. Used in tandem with a bow thruster, maneuvering in and out from a seawall or fuel dock against current and wind takes the stress out of docking.
Bow and Stern Thrusters (Ignition Protected)
It is not safe to install a conventional electric stern thruster in the engine room, or compartment containing fuel tanks, of a gasoline powered boat, as gasoline fumes may be ignited by internal sparking in the thrusters motor. To allow stern thruster installations in gasoline powered boats to be made safely, VETUS has developed, sealed motor housing kits, meeting the requirements of the ISO 8846 Marine standard (“ignition protection”). Each set consists of (apart from the bow thrusters) a watertight housing (IP65) for the electric motor and its relays, seals, and electrical connectors and fastening components. In addition, an circuit breaker is supplied, accessible without opening the motor housing.
Control Panels for Bow and Stern Thrusters
Control panel features:
•Built-in time lapse device when reversing the direction of rotation.
•Automatic switch off after 30 minutes inactivity.
•In the event of continuous running for more than 2 minutes there is an LED and buzzer alert, along with automatic shut off.
•The panel will reset itself after 5 seconds.
Poseidon Lifts, a division of Florida Bow Thrusters, Inc. provides boaters with another innovative product, the Hydraulic Swim Platform. This platform makes launching a dinghy or personal watercraft effortless. Remotely controlled, just push a button and the lift submerges enough to let you float the watercraft on and off. Also works great as a dive platform in hoisting yourself back on board. Crawling up and down the swim ladder can be tough and the lift puts enjoyment back into a swim or snorkel off the transom. Having a hydraulic swim platform eliminates the need for cranes and davits with their harnesses and bridles. The lift can be operated by a single person with a touch of a button. Poseidon lifts are invisible as they are an integrated part of the boat’s transom. Poseidon lifts are manufactured to the highest standards, made of 316 stainless steel. Each lift comes to you tested and rated for lifting capabilities suited for your application. The lifts and platforms are custom designed to fit the contour of your boat., with a concealed stainless steel, telescopic ladder in the platform. Our lifts incorporate hydraulically operated locks to ensure positive up position when not in use.