Has anybody fitted a bow thruster to a Fiesta Vee 242

FJ96FJ96 Posts: 7Member
edited March 16 in Rinker Custom Projects
Hi!
I purchased my FV242 last year and would like to install a bow thruster.
Looked at a lot of picktures from other FV242s, but only found one with a bow thruster installed.
Does anybody have a BT in his 242? I would like to know which is the best position for the tunnel.
Thanks
Frank
Frank / Fiesta Vee 242 2001 / 5.0 EFI / Germany

Comments

  • McGarnicleMcGarnicle Posts: 208Member ✭✭✭
    Have you driven your boat yet? Curious on why you feel a bow thruster is necessary. My very first boat was a Chaparral 260 sig and with absolutely no experience I was able to maneuver it with one engine no problem. 
  • FJ96FJ96 Posts: 7Member
    Thanks for your question. No, I didn't drive it yet. But I had an other 24 feed boat before and we've tiny harbours and a lot of wind in Germandy and Croatia. Therefore I've purchased one already. Now I'd like to see which is the best position to install the tunnel.

    Cheers
    Frank
    Frank / Fiesta Vee 242 2001 / 5.0 EFI / Germany
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,557Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    @FJ96 - I hope you get a reply, but I don't recall ever hearing of a 242 with a thruster.  Most of the people on this forum are from the US where it's uncommon to put a BT on a boat that size (because slips and fairways here are relatively wide).

    Are you saying you already bought the thruster?  If not, have you looked at external thrusters such as Sideshift?
  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 2,601Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    There was a member that was installing one about a year or two ago. I can't remember if it was a 242 or a 270. I think he was from Sweden? I'll try to find the post.
  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 2,601Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    WoW, that was over 3 years ago, time fly’s!
  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 2,601Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Actually now that I think about it, that’s a different post than what I’m thinking of. There was a member that was installing one himself.
  • FJ96FJ96 Posts: 7Member
    Hi guys,
    thanks a lot for your comments.
    I've bought one already and it arrived today.
    The weather is still bad so I have to wait a bit and will find out where it fits best.
    In the meantime I will go on with the other tasks (aligning the engine, connect engine, ...)
    Cheers Frank
    Frank / Fiesta Vee 242 2001 / 5.0 EFI / Germany
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,557Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Take pictures and post them here please!
  • FJ96FJ96 Posts: 7Member
    I'll do!
    Frank / Fiesta Vee 242 2001 / 5.0 EFI / Germany
  • mark_uitermarktmark_uitermarkt Posts: 1Member
    Dear FJ96,
    Did you already installed a bowthruster ?
    I want to install it as well.
    can you send Some pictures.
  • FJ96FJ96 Posts: 7Member
    Dear Mark,
    sorry for my late reply.

    Yes, I installed the bowthruster in Mai. It was a Sidepower SE40S.
    I used a 125mm diameter tunnel and placed it under the table stand area in the cabin.

    Here are some picktures. Since I'm in a hurry, I just put some short comments...

    My chief engineer cutting the hole to inspect the space...








    Tested the right position with a model of the tunnel


    drilled the holes from inside


    borroed a special tool from the dealer, which is put through the holes on both sides.


    big holes :(


    Cutting the tunnel, leaving a few centimeters for the spoiler


    getting rid of the gelcoat


    Microfiber to glue the tunnel


    tunnel is installed





    view from inside


    the microfiber for the glue


    460gramm 


    and again the engineer


    a couple of layers inside


    testing if the thruster fits and cutting the holes in the tunnel


    build the spoiler




    cables with 70 square mm diameter because of >7m lenth


    Cheers Frank
    Frank / Fiesta Vee 242 2001 / 5.0 EFI / Germany
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