Joystick necessary with thruster?

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Joystick necessary with thruster?

Postby AllanKay » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:31 am

Adding a bow thruster to 42 GB twin screw. Reading up on this the experts advise a larger tunnely unit - like 10" and 130+ KgF thrust - if you use a joystick. This is because people tend to overheat the thruster with a joystick control. Also, because of electrical efficiency, the norm is to stick two 12 volt battery (24 vdc) forward with the thruster.

I don't want batteries way up in my bow, under the berth deck. Perhaps I should use a more typical 95 KgF thruster, 8" tunnel, and forego the joystick control.

What do you experienced people advise on running cables from my house bank battery 12 vdc and a transformer to get 24 vdc?

Is the joystick unnecessary?
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