Boat

Have Boat Questions? Ask a Boat Repair Expert.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

The bow thruster operates with the push to starboard, but…

Customer Question
The bow thruster operates...

The bow thruster operates with the push to starboard, but will not operate the push to port. We think the unit is a very old (30 years?) Vetus unit.

Mechanic's Assistant: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Marine Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so the Marine Mechanic can help you best.

The bow thruster is a 24 volt system. There is a joystick at both the upper and lower drive stations. The boat is 11.5 meter Dutch steel boat with a 125 horse IVECO motor.

Mechanic's Assistant: Sometimes boat issues seem like they'll be really complicated, but end up being easy to fix. The Marine Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Is there anything else important you think the Marine Mechanic should know?

Is this service free or is there payment involved?

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Boat
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Boat Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
11/27/2017
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 7 months ago
Jason
Jason, Marine Mechanic
Category: Boat
Satisfied Customers: 17,881
Experience: Degree in Marine Technology. Gas and diesel marine mechanic.
Verified

Good morning my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with? I read what you wrote, what kinds of questions did you have on the issue?

Ask Your Own Boat Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Good morning Jason, What needs to be done to repair the bow thruster so that it operates in both directions? Is this just a solenoid replacement? Martha
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
We are currently living aboard in Colombiers, France. A phone call would be pretty expensive. M
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
you're speaking with Martha, co-owner of the boat. I usually help diagnose and order parts for the boat repairs. My husband does the actual repair work.
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 7 months ago

Hi Martha. I would have to looks this up. What is the model number on your bow thruster?

Ask Your Own Boat Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Okay - well, we don't have that. We're going to have to do some v-berth/bunk surgery to get to it. Was hoping the answer would be to replace the reversing solenoid. We may just try that anyway before having to cut up the bunk.
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 7 months ago

I have no idea what the answer would be if I don't know what you have for a system. There are no time limits here, just reply back if you still need help with this.

Ask Your Own Boat Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
ok
Marine Mechanic: Jason, Marine Mechanic replied 7 months ago

Okay good luck.

Ask Your Own Boat Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a marine mechanicLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dominick Your Own Question
Dominick
Dominick
Dominick, Marine Mechanic
Category: Boat
Satisfied Customers: 1,009
1,009 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 25 Years Experience as Mechanic, 20 Yrs Boat Yard Owner/Mechanic, Factory Certified

Dominick is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here.

DianeDallas, TX

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dominick

Dominick

Marine Mechanic

1,009 satisfied customers

25 Years Experience as Mechanic, 20 Yrs Boat Yard Owner/Mechanic, Factory Certified

Ted G.

Ted G.

Rigger, Diagnostician

703 satisfied customers

40 years boating, Safe boating instruct., Offshore Race promoter, Failure Analysis, Expert Witness

John White

John White

Marine Mechanic

306 satisfied customers

11 years experience working on outboards, inboards, sterndrives & pwcs

Jason

Jason

Marine Mechanic

17,881 satisfied customers

Degree in Marine Technology. Gas and diesel marine mechanic.

Tan

Tan

MerCruiser Certified Technician

11,179 satisfied customers

40 yrs. experience with complete engine repairs both inboard/outboard and MerCruiser Certified Technician.

Jeff G.

Jeff G.

Marine Mechanic

4,728 satisfied customers

42 years experience, Certified Master Technician, All Major Outboards, Sterndrives, Hi-Performance

Captain Dave

Captain Dave

Marine Mechanic

2,672 satisfied customers

USCG Licensed Captain, 20+ Years Boating, Fishing, Maintenance and Repair Experience

< Previous | Next >

Related Boat Questions
How do I align the shift rod when I reinsert it. Looks like
Good morning. How do I align the shift rod when I reinsert it. Looks like the spline allow a few different alignment. I have it towards the bow of the boat now. As close to the center as it would go. … read more
Jason
Jason
Marine Mechanic
17,881 satisfied customers
Vetus bow thruster loses power after a couple of seconds
Vetus bow thruster loses power after a couple of seconds only when pushing to port … read more
Boat Doc
Boat Doc
230 satisfied customers
Minn Kota 80 lb 24 volts... has power all the way to the
Minn Kota 80 lb 24 volts... has power all the way to the head .. but will not run.. get a little shake in the prop every once in a while... must be the control board... was working fine .. sat up ther… read more
Clamp-onTech
Clamp-onTech
405 satisfied customers
Have a vetus bow thruster and it operates intermittently,
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, b… read more
Tan
Tan
MerCruiser Certified Technician
Certified Marine Technician
11,179 satisfied customers
K, I'm trying to figure out my overheat problem, over 3000
Hi K, I'm trying to figure out my overheat problem, over 3000 rpm only. First, I had a bad stern drive, replaced it, now coincidence or not, over heating. I first pulled the lower & removed the pump &… read more
Jason
Jason
Marine Mechanic
17,881 satisfied customers
Guys, I have a tt185 6.0KW bow thruster with auto switch
Hi Guys, I have a tt185 6.0KW bow thruster with auto switch the unit has stoped working, checked soleniod and fuses on auto switch all OK, checked both main soleniods and fuse on thruster all ok, Blac… read more
Jason
Jason
Marine Mechanic
17,881 satisfied customers
I recently insaled a 2nd station vetus elect bow thruster.
I recently insaled a 2nd station vetus elect bow thruster. The upper station appears to run opposit from what it should. When pressed to port the bow goes to starboard… read more
Jason
Jason
Marine Mechanic
17,881 satisfied customers
I have an evinrude outboard model E60DSLSEC purchased new in
I have an evinrude outboard model E60DSLSEC purchased new in Nov.2008. The trim & tilt hydraulic unit needs to be removed. The upper and lower pins holding the unit in place need to be removed. We got… read more
Jason
Jason
Marine Mechanic
17,881 satisfied customers
Bow thruster control started to beep when making a turn to
Bow thruster control started to beep when making a turn to port, 2 or 3 seconds use. The beep continued when the thruster was no longer in use and the thruster switched off. The control is the type wi… read more
dieselhub
dieselhub
39 satisfied customers
I have a 99 Sea Ray 290 sundancer , FRESH WATER BOAT , with
I have a 99 Sea Ray 290 sundancer , FRESH WATER BOAT , with twin 305 Mercruisers EFI Engines. It only has a little over 200 hours on it. Last week I was running along at 3200 RPM and I realized I was … read more
Jason
Jason
Marine Mechanic
17,881 satisfied customers
My Vetus 55 Bow thruster makes a clicking sound when I push
My Vetus 55 Bow thruster makes a clicking sound when I push the buttons to operate a starboard or port push. There is poweer to the unit but it sound like a selonoid is stuck, if so how do I confirm t… read more
Dominick
Dominick
Marine Mechanic
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
1,009 satisfied customers
I have a 1995 Regal Ventura 8.3 Sc with twin 5.7L Mercruisers
I have a 1995 Regal Ventura 8.3 Sc with twin 5.7L Mercruisers with Bravo II drives. I am having a problem with erratic operation of the power trim system. In July I had it in the shop to replace both … read more
Jeff G.
Jeff G.
Marine Mechanic
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
4,728 satisfied customers
I have a dual joy stick for bow and stern thrusters made by
I have a dual joy stick for bow and stern thrusters made by volvo . The bow stick works fine. The stern stick works to port but not starboard. Thoughts??… read more
Jeremy R
Jeremy R
1,069 satisfied customers
I have a volvo penta bow thruster model bp 1200. Had new 12
I have a volvo penta bow thruster model bp 1200. Had new 12 volt batteries installed. Went to test thruster and it worked to starboard but continued running when joystick was in neutral and would stop… read more
Yachtwork
Yachtwork
Owner Team Yachtwork
Technical or Trade School
1,042 satisfied customers
I have a 06 26 Rinker with Mercruiser 496 BravoIII. I purchased
I have a '06 26' Rinker with Mercruiser 496 BravoIII. I purchased it used this year with about 60 hours. After delivery I put the lower unit in a 200 gallon horse trough and ran the engine. It ran gre… read more
Jeremy R
Jeremy R
1,069 satisfied customers
I have a 2003 Formula Inboard 37-PC 496 HOs, very clean and
I have a 2003 Formula Inboard 37-PC 496 HO's, very clean and well maintained, new batteries this year. I have replaced the batteries with good ones and replaced the ignition switch. I have been experi… read more
James
James
Certified Marine Mechanic
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
4,094 satisfied customers
Hi, I have twin 2002 hdpi 250hps, all of a sudden the starboard
Hi, I have twin 2002 hdpi 250hp's, all of a sudden the starboard motor will not go into forward, serious tension when attempting to push the throttle forward. It worked fine the day before. Is this a … read more
Jeremy R
Jeremy R
1,069 satisfied customers
We had two new water temp guages installed for our ...
We had two new water temp guages installed for our starboard engine (upper and lower stations) and neither is working. I''ve checked the wires and the are not broken (tested with meter). I''ve checked… read more
Ted G.
Ted G.
Rigger, Diagnostician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
703 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x