While we don't class the stern thruster as a "safety of flight" issue, it is damned convenient to have in cross-wind / cross-current docking maneuvers on a single screw boat. Our two dock-ups & departures since then sans thruster have been uneventful, but given what we paid for that thing, we wanted it back.
|Debris Removed from Thruster Tunnel|
I managed to intercept a diver working on a Kadey-Krogen two slips down from us; one dive & 20 minutes later he had extracted about 10 pieces of black poly rope - totaling about 7 feet, with lead weights and parts of a plastic handle - from the thruster tunnel & props. Best $40 I've ever spent. After I plopped in a new 500A fuse, the thruster was back to life & sounding healthy. Yay!
I need to replace that 500A fuse with the prescribed 400A, and then do some stress-testing on the thruster, but it's looking very, very promising.