Hydraulic Bow Thrusters

Hydraulic bow thrusters are the natural choice when extensive thruster usage or long run cycles are required. We design our hydraulic systems with the style needed for Inland Waterways use, pleasure craft and sea-going vessels with the reliability necessary for commercial use.

For many vessels, a hydraulic system offers an economic advantage because of the possibility to run several systems on-board from a centralized hydraulic power source.

Our standard range of hydraulic bow thrusters provide equal thrust in both directions, allowing between 40 to 1400 Kgf of thrust. 

The Archimedes:

ARS’ own manufactured hydraulic bow thruster, the Archimedes, is capable of up to 140 Kgf thrust and is unique in its shape and design. The unique design gives many advantages, as it helps push the boat slightly backwards as well as sideways, this aids the manoeuvrability of the boat.

The distinct design allows the bow thruster to be installed at any angle in the boat. However, for best performance it should be installed laying down with the legs facing forward, as low as possible and the impeller must be flooded at all times. 

Our high quality hydraulic bow thruster, is British made with a high quality stainless steel shaft and blade.

Benefits of our Hydraulic Bow Thrusters:

It makes docking easy.
As marinas get smaller and space gets tighter, safely docking a boat is more challenging than ever before. Hydraulic bow thrusters give you total control of your boat and allow you to manoeuvre into and out of tight spots with ease.

Confidence in all situations.
Boating is meant to be fun. Why end your day/week on the water with a stressful experience? ARS’ hydraulic bow thrusters offer the help you need to be in full control when docking and departing, regardless of wind conditions and currents.

Simple shorthanded boating.
A bow thruster makes you less dependent on having a skilled crew. The independence a thruster provides will allow you to use your boat whenever you want, whether alone or with others.

hydraulic bow thruster
the archimedes hydraulic bow thruster

Control Panels:

ARS offer a single push button panel, single joystick or a boat switch panel. Additionally, in cases where a stern thruster is required, we can also offer double joystick panels and dual locking panels. Our range of panels provide a user friendly experience and when used together with our bow thrusters they provide an enjoyable boating experience. All Side-Power bow thrusters and stern thrusters are equipped with the patented Intelligent Power Control (IPC) safety function.