Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow Thruster Housing

James Alton


   I am in agreement with all of your comments on the Amel Bow Thruster.  If starting from scratch today, I am not sure that it would be possible to improve much if any over the original design.  

  When you are steering in reverse using your thruster, do you lock or also use your rudder to steer?  

  I think that I read that the SM has a lock out switch that prevents the unit from being accidentally operated when retracted.  It appears that my Maramu does not have this safety feature so only the toggle switch on the exterior control panel disables the system once the breakers are on.  Do you know if the thruster would be damaged if accidentally run in the retracted position?  


James Alton
SV Sueno,  Maramu #220
Arbatax,  Italy

On Nov 5, 2016, at 11:55 AM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


The design of the retractable Amel Bow Thruster was an amazing feat for a small yacht builder when it was originally done. The unique design and Amel's use of materials and electrical power to accomplish it's mission and last a very long time had never been done before. 

It should be treated with respect and with care. It should be removed and serviced every 2 years. It should be properly deployed (down), used, and stored (up) in the minimum  time frame necessary to do its job. As soon as the thrusting job is complete raise it, even if you do not have time to lock it in place with the pin, but do that ASAP. 

If there are any loose lines in an area, don't use the bow thruster. Have a crew member signal the helmsman when it is safe and not safe to use the bow thruster. Always have 2 sets of consumable bow thruster parts on hand. 

If you cannot do the above, learn how to do without the Amel Bow Thruster, and never turn it ON 

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
Carriacou, Grenada, WI
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On Nov 5, 2016 8:38 AM, "James Alton lokiyawl2@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


   Could you share some of your knowledge and experience with the Amel bow thruster?  For instance,  what techniques do you find work best when backing using the thruster?  Also what procedures do you have in place to prevent possible damage and what are the usual consequences of say picking up a lazy/mooring line?  ( which is something I worry about, especially since it is not always clear when a helper is hauling one up for you…)

    I have found the Amel bow thruster to be an amazing tool, especially when backing, but I am sure that there is still a lot that I can learn.  


James Alton
SV Sueno,  Maramu #220
Arbatax,  Italy
On Nov 5, 2016, at 8:34 AM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <> wrote:

If I were you, I would go to a boatyard that not only has another Santorin (I assume you have a Santorin), but also a contractor capable of fabricating a replacement, or repairing what you have. Virtually anything made of fiberglass can be repaired or replaced.

I note that you did not sign your email, give your boat name, hull number and location. It is possible that another owner is near you and could help directly, but when you do not sign your postings, you will never know.

BeBe 387
Grenada, WI, Caribbean 

On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 5:03 AM, santorinlo18@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Hi forum, Unfortunately in the last summer when sailed out of a congested harbour in Greece, my bow thruster housing, (the bottom part which is is used as cover aligned with the hull when bow thruster is up, just under the prop) was ripped off by a heavy chain of an anchor we have lifted and released. Currently, the bow thruster is functioning as the point of breaking is just under the shaft, but the in/out let hole in the hull is not covered when the bow thruster is in up position.

Amel has no drawings or measurements neither new piece for replacement or rebuild of the same.

Any Idea how to fix / rebuild this?

BTW - conclusion of this event - you can never be over careful when your bow thruster is down!!!


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