All new SX models
The next generation external thrusters

The brand new SX series are the world's most compact external bow and stern thrusters that fit where others won't and offer a number of attractive benefits for boat builders as well as retrofit installations. Its versatile installation possibilities and compact size make it a perfect choice for vessels where the inside configuration does not allow a standard thruster installation. Available in 35 and 50 kg thrust as On/off and PRO versions suitable for boats up to 11 m / 37'.

As the Side-Power engineering team has accumulated a vast amount of know-how about externally mounted thrusters over the years, this knowledge has now resulted in a brand new generation of external thrusters. The new generation has been improved in virtually every component and engineered for a more effective manufacturing process in order to reduce production cost and thereby price. Further more, when used as a stern thruster, these models will be the most compact ever. So, if you could not fit a stern thruster before, it might be a good idea to check out our latest generation of external thrusters.

Key design features

Benefits

The world's most compact external thruster
 

Ultra compact

Fits where others won't.

 

Quick and easy installation

Requires drilling of only three small holes with a minimal foot print on the hull. No fiberglass work is necessary. Compatible with standard Side-Power connections, control panels and accessories.

 

Versatile installation

The design of the new SX models allows for a large range of different installations as bow and stern thruster for both motor boats and sail boats.

 

Long run times

The external placement of the unit provides a more efficient water cooling and allows longer duration per cycle of the unit than with traditional bow and stern thrusters. Even longer run times in PRO version when run at reduced speed.

 

Optimal efficiency

Optimal efficiency of bow model results from a shorter transverse channel and ideal leverage which is created by deeper and more distant positioning away from the pivot point. Giving up to 40 % higher efficiency than with conventional tunnel.

 

Safety

Ignition protection. Can be installed in stern locations/ on compartments with high octane fuels due to hermetically sealed housing. ISO 8846 and UL 1500 certified. Galvanic isolation kit for metal/aluminium hulls and safety protection grids available as accessories.

 

Intelligent Power Control

Delivered standard with Side-Power's patented IPC:

  • Provides delay between drive directions

  • Monitors solenoid functions to reduce the chance of solenoid lock-in.

  • Will stop the thruster in case of a locked-in solenoid, without extra user action and even without controlling a main switch.

 

Very quiet

With a short and optimally designed tunnel, vibration absorving sleeves on all hull connections, 5-bladed Q-prop™ and the fully subermerged unit, the thruster operates remarkably quiet.

Configurations

The new SX models are available in four configurations that allows a vast array of installation options with 35 or 50 kg's of actual thrust at 10,5 volts.
 

Standard stern thruster

The most compact stern thruster on the market. Minimal height and width requirements.

 

Stern thruster with propeller protection grids

An optimal solution ensuring people's safety during water sport activities or for vessels used in waters with debris or drifting objects.

 

Stern thruster with cowls

Many vessels have a hull design or equipment on the transom of the boat that might disturb the water flow to and from a stern thruster, thus making it less efficient. With the adjustable cowls, water flow can be directed to be less disturbed, obtaining a higher level of efficiency or allow for a very shallow installation closer to the waterline.

 

In-flow configuration as bow or stern thruster

By adding the Hydropod low drag cover, the new SX models can be mounted under the hull in the water flow for low- and mid-speed vessels. The optimal design adds minimal drag and will in most installations not be noticeable. The in-flow configuration is perfect for boats where it is difficult to fit a tunnel thruster or for example as a stern thruster for cruising sailboats.

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SX Series Accessories

Extender / Galvanic Isolation

  • Polyurethane spacer allows for easier installation in proximity to stepped and concave surfaces on the transom.
  • Spacer functions as galvanic isolation for metal hulls.

SX Controller

  • Side-Power IPC system
  • Easy installation
  • Easy mounting
  • Little space requirements through compact measurements
  • Enclosure in rugged flameretardent ABS material
  • For On/off and Pro models.
    Additional PPC, S-link cables and Panel needed for Pro models. Own/seperate controller box available for each model.

Cowls

  • Made of reinforced UV resistant composite material
  • Easy installation and retrofit
  • Removes cavitation on shallow installations (more thrust, less noise)
  • Guide thrust away from flaps or stern drive
  • Either preassembled from factory or as retrofit kit

Safety protection grids

  • Hydrodynamic shape to reduce resistance
  • Made of reinforced UV resistant composite material
  • Removable for cleaning and propeller service
  • Either preassembled from factory or as retrofit kit.

Hydropod low drag cover

By adding the Hydropod low drag cover, the new SX models can be mounted under the hull in the water flow for low- and mid-speed vessels. The optimal design adds minimal drag and will in most installations not be noticeable. For a typical sail boat cruising at 7,5 knots, the added drag is less than 5kg. The in-flow configuration is perfect for boats where it is difficult to fit a tunnel thruster or for example as stern thruster for cruising sailboats.

Hydropod available early 2020.

The SX Hydropod incorproates an easy adaptable surface at the top of its mould to be easyily adapted to the hulls shape during installation.