AMSTERDAM – With the launch of the Bow Pro Boosted 300 series, Vetus, the Dutch developer and marketeer of more than a dozen boat systems, is adding the highest output thrusters yet to its growing line-up of advanced Bow Pro units
The company is expanding its Bow Pro thruster family to 22 models by adding 3 Boosted 300 series thrusters. “Providing 40% more output from the 300mm tunnel at 285 to 320 kgf force, our latest Bow Pro Boosted models feature all the technical advantages of the Bow Pro series. They have the added benefit of an innovative charging function,” says Kevin Theuns, Vitus Bow Thruster Product Sales Manager.
The new BOWB285, 300 and 320 thrusters are the first Bow Pro units in the 300mm tunnel range. They are suitable for boats up to 30m (98.4ft).
The latest models feature the innovative DC-to-DC charging technology, quiet operation, precision proportional control and long run time of the Bow Pro Boosted (BOWB) range.
At Metstrade, Vetus (Stand 1.341) will also display its electric E-Drives: E-Line inboard engines and the E-pod system that accelerates more powerfully and faster than a diesel engine.
Skippers and crew can confidently use the new Vetus thruster system when docking or maneuvering without the fear of overuse or overheating issues that can affect conventional thrusters.
“By combining unlimited runtime, full-proportional control, built-in charger and no maintenance on the brushless motor, Vetus introduces unique technology that guarantees its thrusters are the best quality solution for almost every boat,” says Theuns. “Bow Pro thrusters offer significant advantages as they keep running when other conventional thrusters stop due to overuse or over-heating.”
Combining the efficiency of the VETUS proprietary motor controller with the latest maintenance-free brushless motors, the 17.5 to 18.7 kW Boosted 300 series provide power outputs of 285 kgf, 300 kgf and 320 kgf, alongside the benefits of 48V compatibility and the added boost function.
The latest Bow Pro Boosted models use VETUS’s renowned internal three-stage charging process to charge the bow thruster’s batteries. This solution enables a 24V power supply to recharge the 48V battery bank to keep the thruster batteries at their optimum level. Installation and maintenance of BOW PRO Boosted thrusters are fast and easy.
The Bowb 300 series can be used with VETUS’ standard proportional control panels – the BPPPA single thruster panel (paddle), bppja single thruster panel (joystick) and dbppja double thruster panel (joystick). As the Bow Pro is V-CAN controlled with CAN-bus protocol operation, the thrusters also offer the opportunity for interaction with other compatible devices, such as docking systems, for optimal performance.
VETUS continues to expand the Bow Pro Boosted range, with units for the 400-mm tunnel range available soon.