Manoeuvring into the berth at Bembridge, the bow thruster stopped working, and was making a banging sound. I initially assumed we had ingested some rope, but it later transpired that the motor had fallen off inside the boat!. We had to order new bolts from Holland. It seems Vetus have since change the attachment system, Two eight inch 6mm bolts is asking for trouble to support the weight of the bow thruster motor!
Close handling without a bow thruster was an interesting learning curve!
Trained as Naval Architect. Involved in shipbuilding and shipyard construction/ Worked briefly in aviation. Joined Associated British Ports in 1984 as Business Development Manager. For 10 years until retirement in 2001, Environment Manager at ABP. Has owned several yachts described on this website