The ‘old’ control panel of our Vetus bow thruster short circuited because of water entering the circuit board. Not good; the thruster started running suddenly and had to be switched off by means of the main circuit breaker. Thankfully, Vetus replaced it under warranty.
At the same time, we took the opportunity to go for the new a slimmer panel. The old, square and somewhat big panel had been mounted where fingers easily caught between it and the steering wheel. Also, the sheets sometimes got caught on it. So, we built a better housing for the new panel.
The previous owner of our boat is running a business (www.joinme.se) in Southern Sweden focusing on indoor winter storage of pleasure boats as well as technically advanced maintenance jobs, such as installation of new engines, electronics etc. Just before we bought his Hallberg-Rassy 41, he had fitted a brand new bow prop (or is it called a bow thruster?), a 8hp Vetus BOW95, including some immense cables running from the battery bank.