The Side-Power DC electric variable speed thrusters series (SEP) was honoured with the 2011 Innovation Award by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI). This Side-Power product was 1 of only 12 products total receiving this award for 2011 at the Miami International Boat Show in February.
With many boat customers now having had several boats with thrusters, many choose to upgrade to more powerful versions to be sure that the thrusters work well for them in all situations. However, very powerful single speed thrusters can, in light weather conditions, be a bit difficult to use as they push the boat too fast. The solution is to fit the new Sidepower DC Power Controller which enables proportional speed control of a DC electric thruster. By also controlling the thruster?s power, you get even more precise handling of the boat in all conditions.
Another great advantage is that when you run the thruster at less than full power, the usable run time is extended, with close to continuous usage being possible when you are running the thruster at less than 50% of full power (percentage of thrust with continuous duty depending on thruster model).
Speed Control Components
The S-Link Control Bus is used by our newest thrusters, opening a whole new world of thruster control. The two-way digital communication system gives you full control over your thuster system.
The DC Speed Control system consists of 3 major elements, a advanced control panel, a speed control unit and a speed control enabled thruster - all tied together with the S-link control bus.