Global manufacturer of marine engines and generators, Vetus, is launching a new version of its Bow Pro thruster which doubles as a battery charger when the thruster is not in use.
To be unveiled at METSTRADE in November, the Bow Pro Boosted 57-13 series of thrusters features an internal charger that enables the thruster to boost output to up to double the voltage. The thruster can be connected to 12V or 24V power supplies and when the thruster is not in use, the built-in charger automatically recharges the battery.
‘Ideal solution for every boat’
Pieter Feenstra, senior sales manager at Vetus, said that the six new thrusters have evolved from the original Bow Pro. ”By combining features like the unlimited runtime, full-proportional control, built-in charger and no maintenance on the brushless motor, the thrusters are the ideal solution for almost every boat, particularly charter vessels, offering significant advantages when compared with other thrusters.”
As well as connecting to the internal charger, the Vetus motor controller also regulates the maintenance-free induction motors without carbon brushes, ensuring quiet operation with a runtime limited only by the size of the battery pack installed.
Operating with CAN-Bus protocol, Bow Pro Boosted thrusters have a choice of two different control panels – the fully-proportional basic panel and the fully-proportional panel with local and hold function for easy docking which allows the boat to be held alongside to pick up or drop off crew or dock single-handed.