Vetus Bow Thrusters


When manoeuvring a boat at low speed, the required control of the movement of the boat, especially that of the bow, is extremely difficult to achieve.

In such cases, a bow thruster is the solution to the problems. Even when the boat is not under way, complete control of the movements of the bow can be achieved by operating the bow thruster.

Several models of bow thruster are available from Vetus, to suit different sizes of boats. contact us for details of which you require.

Electric bow thrusters 25kgf to 285kgf


Model Suggested boat size Details  
BOW25 18'-28'
5.5-8.5m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor: 1.5 KW / 2hp
Voltage: 12v
Thrust (12v model): 250N / 25kgf
Tube diameter: 110mm
Batteries required: 12v - 1x55Ah
BOW25
BOW35 21'-33'
6.5-10m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor: 1.5 KW / 2hp
Voltage: 12v
Thrust (12v model): 35 kgf / 350 N
Tube diameter: 150mm
Batteries required: 12v - 1x 70Ah
BOW35
BOW55 28'-41'
8.5-12.5m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor: 3 KW / 4 hp
Voltage: 12v or 24v
Thrust (12v model): 55 kgf / 550 N
Thrust (24v model): 60 kgf / 600 N
Tube diameter: 150mm
Batteries required: 12V - 1x 108Ah / 24V - 2x 55Ah
BOW55
BOW60 29'-44'
9-13m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor:3 KW / 4 hp
Voltage: 12v or 24v
Thrust (12v model): 65 kgf / 650 N
Thrust (24v model): 70 kgf / 700 N
Tube diameter: 185mm
Batteries required: 12V - 1x 108Ah / 24V - 2x 55Ah
BOW55
BOW75 34'-49'
10.5-15m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor: 4.4 KW / 6hp
Voltage: 12v or 24v
Thrust (12v model): 80 kgf / 800 N
Thrust (24v model): 85 kgf / 850 N
Tube diameter: 185mm
Batteries required: 12V - 1x 120Ah / 24V - 2x 100Ah
BOW75
BOW95 39'-56'
12.5-17m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor: 5.7 KW / 8hp
Voltage: 12v or 24v
Thrust (12v model): 95 kgf / 950 N
Thrust (24v model): 105 kgf / 1050 N
Tube diameter: 185mm
Batteries required: 12V - 1x 165Ah / 24V - 2x 108Ah
BOW95
BOW125 46'-65'
14-20m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor: 5.7 KW 8hp
Voltage: 12v or 24v
Thrust (12v model): 125 kgf / 1250 N
Thrust (24v model): 140 kgf / 1400 N
Tube diameter: 250mm
Batteries required: 12V - 1x 225Ah / 24V - 2x 108Ah
BOW125
BOW160 54'-72'
16.5-22m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor: 7 KW / 9.5hp
Voltage: 24v
Thrust (24v model): 160 kgf / 1600N
Tube diameter: 250mm
Batteries required: 24V - 2x 165Ah
BOW160
BOW220 64'-85'
19.5-26m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor:11 KW / 15 hp
Voltage: 24v
Thrust (24v model): 220 kgf / 2200 N
Tube diameter: 300mm
Batteries required: 24V - 2x 200Ah
BOW220
BOW285 72'-95'
22-29m
All Vetus electric bow thrusters are fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Motor: 16 KW / 21.5 hp
Voltage: 48v
Thrust (48v model): 285 kgf / 2850 N
Tube diameter: 300mm
Batteries required: 48V - 4x 143Ah
BOW285
IPSET - Installing a bow thruster into a petrol-powered boat can be dangerous, due to the possibility of the electric motor igniting fuel vapour. Vetus are able to supply ignition-protected bow thrusters which comply with ISO 8846 marine ignition protection standard. The housing is also watertight to IP65. Bow thrusters models BOW55, BOW75, BOW95 & BOW125 in 12v and 24v versions. IPSET
BP - Vetus bow thruster tunnels are available available in glassfibre reinforced polyester, steel or aluminium, in lengths of 0.75m, 1m, 1.5m, 2m & 3m. Outer diameters vary depending on material, but are usually around 10mm greater than the internal diameter. TUNNELS
STERN - Vetus bow thruster motors may also be installed as stern thrusters, in which case a GRP stern thruster kit may be supplied: this consists of a pod which may be bolted to the back of the transom, with the motor remaining inside. Please note that these kits are not suitable for installtion into boats powered by a sterndrive. STERN

Bow thruster control panels

All Vetus control panels for electric bow thruster panels are watertight to IP65 and have a panel power on indicator. Standard warning features include an LED and buzzer alert in the event of continuous running for more than 2 minutes. Panels with a time lapse function will also switch off after 30 minutes of inactivity.

Model Details Dimensions  
EZDOCK
EZDOCKS
This control panel combines the functions of twin joysticks into one easy to operate handle. The simple and intuitive control action ensures that operation of both bow and stern thruster together become a smooth procedure. The use of Hall effect sensors in the panel ensures that it is completely watertight.
It is available in two versions, one without; and one with a time lapse device.
85x138mm EZDOCK
BPSE2
BPSSE
This panel is suitable for use with one bow thruster or stern thruster, which is operated by two touch switches.
It is available in two versions, one without; and one with a time lapse device.
85x85mm BPSE
BPJE2
BPJSE
This joystick panel is suitable for controlling one bow thruster or stern thruster.
It is available in two versions, one without; and one with a time lapse device.
85x85mm BPJE
BPJDE2
BPJDSE
This twin joystick panel will control one bow thruster and one stern thruster.
It is available in two versions, one without; and one with a time lapse device.
85x138mm BPJE
BPSM Specially designed for mounting in a confined space, this panel has a recessed rocker switch for controlling one bow thruster or one stern thruster.
It does not have a time lapse device, but this can be ordered separately if required.
102mm diameter BPSM
BPA This kit allows installtion of new-style panels (BPSE2, BPJE2, BPSSE or BPJSE) in place of an older style BPS or BPJ panel. - BPA
BPJSTA Joystick switch only for dashboard mounting. Waterproof to IP65. - BPJSTA
BP29 Panel connection cable for bow thrusters, fitted with multi-plugs. Available in 6m, 10m, 16m, 18m or 20m lengths. - BP29
BPTD12
BPTD24
Time lapse device which may be fitted to panels type BPJSTA, BPSM, AFSTFR, AFSTFG and earlier model panels without time delay. Eliminates the risk of the bow thruster being switched directions too quickly, thus recommended for hire craft to prevent motor damage. - BPTD
RCBP
RCBP2
With this radio connection, a bow or stern thruster may be controlled using one of the Vetus control panels, without the need to install an interconnecting cable. Installation of the thruster, particularly as a retro-fit, will thus be much simpler and less time-consuming. This kit consists of a transmitter and receiver, complete with connection plus. Models are available for single or dual station.. - RPBP

Hydraulic bow thrusters 55kgf to 550kgf

All Vetus hydraulic bow thrusters are now supplied with the hydraulic motor included. We can also supply hydraulic control systems including tanks, load sensing devices, hydraulic pumps and control devices.

Model Suggested boat size Details  
BOW55HM 28'-41'
8.5-12.5m
This Vetus hydraulic bow thrusters is fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Thrust: 55kgf
Motor: 3.5 KW
Motor speed: 3,000rpm
Flow rate: 13 litres/minute
Operating pressure: 165bar
Tube diameter: 150mm
BOW55HM
BOW95HM 39'-55'
12-17m
This Vetus hydraulic bow thrusters is fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Thrust: 95kgf
Motor: 6.0 KW
Motor speed: 34,000rpm
Flow rate: 18 litres/minute
Operating pressure: 230bar
Tube diameter: 185mm
BOW95HM
BOW160HM 54'-72'
16.5-26m
This Vetus hydraulic bow thrusters is fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Thrust: 160kgf
Motor: 9.5 KW
Motor speed: 3,300rpm
Flow rate: 24 litres/minute
Operating pressure: 250bar
Tube diameter: 250mm
BOW160HM
BOW230HM 66'-87'
20-26.5m
This Vetus hydraulic bow thrusters is fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Thrust: 230kgf
Motor: 12.5 KW
Motor speed: 1,900rpm
Flow rate: 33.5 litres/minute
Operating pressure: 230bar
Tube diameter: 300mm
BOW230HM
BOW310HM 72'-95'
22-29m
This Vetus hydraulic bow thrusters is fitted with a specially-designed 6-bladed propeller, which optimises efficiency and increases thrust. The blade profile allows the propeller to achieve virtually no cavitation and reduces operating noise to a minimum.
Thrust: 310kgf
Motor: 20 KW
Motor speed: 2,000rpm
Flow rate: 57 litres/minute
Operating pressure: 220bar
Tube diameter: 300mm
BOW310HM
BO410HM 88'-111'
27-34m
This Vetus hydraulic bow thrusters is fitted with a bronze 3-bladed propeller and features a hydraulic motor built in to the tailpiece.
Thrust: 410kgf
Motor: 22 KW
Motor speed: 1,920rpm
Flow rate: 92 litres/minute
Operating pressure: 180bar
Tube diameter: 400mm
BOW410HM
BOW550HM 108'-141'
33-44m
This Vetus hydraulic bow thrusters is fitted with a bronze 3-bladed propeller and features a hydraulic motor built in to the tailpiece.
Thrust: 550kgf
Motor: 33 KW
Motor speed: 1,920rpm
Flow rate: 92 litres/minute
Operating pressure: 280bar
Tube diameter: 400mm
BOW410HM
BP - Vetus bow thruster tunnels are available available in glassfibre reinforced polyester, steel or aluminium, in lengths of 0.75m, 1m, 1.5m, 2m & 3m. Outer diameters vary depending on material, but are usually around 10mm greater than the internal diameter. TUNNELS
STERN - Vetus bow thruster motors may also be installed as stern thrusters, in which case a GRP stern thruster kit may be supplied: this consists of a pod which may be bolted to the back of the transom, with the motor remaining inside. Please note that these kits are not suitable for installtion into boats powered by a sterndrive. STERN
BPJ5 - Hydraulic bow thruster control panel for single bow thruster with on/off switch and two step joystick for operation at half power or full power. Waterproof to IP65. Dimensions: 85mm x 85mm. BPJ5
BPJ5D - Hydraulic bow thruster control panel for two bow thrusters with on/off switch and two step joysticks for operation at half power or full power. Waterproof to IP65. Dimensions: 85mm x 136mm. BPJ5
BPJSHT5 - Hydraulic bow thruster two step joystick for operation at half power or full power. Waterproof to IP65. BPJSTH5

Note: all specifications are subject to change without notice. Please contact us for details of prices and any further information, full details are available in the current Vetus catalogue which you can request online.


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