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Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician
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Experience:  40 yrs. experience with complete engine repairs both inboard/outboard and MerCruiser Certified Technician.
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Have a vetus bow thruster and it operates intermittently,

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have a vetus bow thruster and it operates intermittently, red light flashes and it wont work, turn it back on and it operates and then stops to either port or starboard. runs fine when out of water, boat was delivered april 2014 so not an old unit
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Customer: no that's it, just so dammed annoying when trying to dock
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Tan replied 1 year ago.

Hello. My name is Tan.

You have one of 2 things going wrong 1 poor battery cable connections or 2 the relay itself. Low voltage from poor connections will make the relay engage and disengage intermittently. Now if this has been going on for awhile the relay contacts will be burned on the contacts and cause the relay to disengage and reengage.

With no load out of the water it doesn't require as much voltage and will not act up. So the load is why it does it in the water. This all points to a voltage supply issue. I would also check the condition of the batteries they could be getting weak causing your issue.

Clean all battery cable connections on the battery and the relay then test if it still acts up then replace the relay.

Post back with questions and findings.

Thank you.....Tan

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