“The WESMAR thruster works really well. It turns the boat on a dime,” says Wylie Sacks of Pembroke Pines, Florida, who with his son, ‘Vinnie,’ a 100-ton licensed captain, operates a charter boat out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They installed a WESMAR Model V2-10m 13 hp thruster on their 43-foot Torres the YB NORMAL.
In 2012 the San Francisco Fire Department called WESMAR and asked us to contact Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle, the company selected to design the new Fire Boat for their Department. This month that thruster was delivered to the boat builder to be installed on the Department's 88-foot 'super pumper' under construction.
“WESMAR bow thrusters are preferred equipment in the fire boat industry," said Bob Sentz, WESMAR Vice President.
The M/V John A. B. Dillard Jr., equipped with two 1,450 HP engines, is capable of traveling at 32 mph, almost three times faster than the other vessels in the fleet, but it's special maneuverability comes from two WESMAR dual propeller bow thrusters, which allow it to maneuver in turbulent weather, in close quarters, and hold to position for quicker, safer recovery operations.
The Dillard, owned by the US Army Corps of Engineer’s, is a multi command catamaran and the first vessel built specifically for the Corps’ San Francisco Division. Instead of having to tow debris for disposal like the older boats of the fleet, the new boat can pick it up with a pedestal mounted, knuckle-boom grapple crane, drop it on the deck and quickly carry it to shore for disposal. Key to the process are the WESMAR V2-12E bow thrusters.
The SPENCER F. BAIRD is a research vessel on an important mission: to stock fish and conduct population assessments on Lakes Huron and Michigan.
The vessel’s Captain David L. Bohn reported he had not had much of a chance to use the new WESMAR thruster due to winter layup until April 1 (depending on the weather) but that his first impression is that the WESMAR Thruster seems to be in line with their expectations.
“I normally use the thruster for docking and maneuvering in tight places but we do have it available and standing by when we are working nets, should the need arise. I am looking forward to giving it a good trial this season," said Captain Bohn.
“The WESMAR thrusters just seem to be better made than some of the competitors’ products. They are very structurally impressive and we are confident they are the best option we can offer to our customers.”
Jeff James, Operations Manager Bayliss Boatworks
WESMAR stern thrusters for positioning and pushing are an important feature of the Crisafulli hydraulic dredges, used around the world to remove water, sludge and slurries from lagoons, ponds, lakes, quarries canals and other flooded or flood threatened areas. The WESMAR thrusters are ideal for positioning the dredges and for providing the power to force or push into the material, much the same way a tugboat would be used.
Four Model V2-12-23 HP DC Pro thrusters are installed on two 98 foot catamarans, built for the Brazilian highway and ferry crossings department. They are used to transport cars and passengers for short crossing between Santos and Guaruja in the coast region of the State of Sao Paulo. It is a busy, yet short harbour shuttle linking the island of Guaruja to the Port of Santos, carrying about 28,000 vehicles and 13,000 bicycles daily. The route is one of the world's busiest ferry routes.
WESMAR's Model V2-18-inch dual prop, counter rotating bow thruster and custom hydraulics package are important equipment on board the 67-foot T-Class passenter ferry MARY MUSGROVE carrying passengers, aiding in docking and positioning, between downtown Savannah, Georgia and Hutchinson Island, daily. Although less than a quarter mile, the crossing presents a strong current amide a mix of tour boats, ferries, tugs and ocean-going vessels. WESMAR's all stainless steel system fits the bill for a reliable, rugged, and powerful system.
Six WESMAR bow and stern thruster systems have been ordered for installation on 'Cleopatra Fisherman' style fiberglass fishing boats.
The all stainless steel, WESMAR V2-12 hydraulically driven bow thruster system on board the 17 meter (60 foot) Search and Rescue (SAR) vessel built for the U.S. Navy Office of Foreign Military by Willard Marine provides an enormous amount of capability to maneuver in close quarters and hold steady to position during critical Search and Rescue missions, including safe evacuations and tight maneuvering.
The WESMAR bow thruster ensures station keeping for safe evacuations and tight maneuvering during fire fighting, offshore patrol and offshore escort duties.