Installation Process

Our team of factory-authorized and trained installation professionals come to the marina of your choice anywhere in the United States for the installation process. The team completes a standard installation within 2 to 3 days, limiting the time your boat is out of the water. All of our bow and stern thruster systems are independent units. To ensure your satisfaction, we recommend letting one our specialists assist you when choosing a thruster for your boat.

The only power pulled from your vessel is one 5-amp wire that runs from your vessel’s AC panel used to charge your thruster system. We use only top-quality equipment and hardware in each and every thruster installation. In our installations, we choose to use All Glass Mat (AGM) batteries, which are made of a very absorbent micro fiberglass material.

The AGM batteries are placed as close to the system as possible, ensuring no voltage drop so you get the maximum power with every use.

Our bow and stern thruster systems are custom sized to each particular vessel.

Your thruster, equipment and installation reflects the very best quality available. Keep in mind, just as with the main engine sizing, there is a minimum amount of thrust necessary to do the job. On the other end it is important not to oversize your thruster more than your boat needs.

Often sizing a thruster system for sailboats is different compared to powerboats, due to the pivot point being near the back of the keel, putting it further forward than a powerboat.

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Find Out More About Docking By Control & Our Process

Docking by Control is more than just an online thruster retailer; we are a nationwide group of passionate boaters who share the goal of providing you with the most appropriate information to help you select the best thruster system for you boat with the highest standard of customer service.

The boaters behind Docking by Control and the ones you will be talking to have years of experience building boats, and Our thruster consultants and installers have proven to be excellent. Customers from around the United States and Canada will benefit greatly from their knowledge. We sail and cruise on many of the same waterways that you do, testing equipment that later will be recommended to you based on experience.

We are a differnt kind of thruster company. We are not only dedicated to helping boat owners dock like pros from their very first time but one that works with boat owners and their crews, on and off the water, helping them with pre- and post-installation service.

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