The first Side-Power thruster was developed in 1985 and today's tunnel thrusters are a result of almost 30 years of development. As the main Sleipner product, it has been continually developed and improved over three decades. Today, Side-Power is widely recognized as the world leader in our segment. An overwhelming number of the worlds leading boat builders choose Side-Power for their fine vessels.
Side-Power has always been at the forefront of thruster innovation and today's Side-Power thrusters has a series of patented safety solutions. The SE series have been installed in tens of thousands of boats around the world for almost three decades. We dare claim it's very hard to find a more sturdy and proven thruster construction.
A totally redesigned and upgraded remote series are now available. The new RC-2 series also include a brand new 8-channel remote, the RCT-23E, designed to operate a dual thruster + dual windlass configuration.
The hardware and software of the former RC-1 models have now been totally re-designed. All models are now operating on the 868Mhz band with a new communication protocol, designed to better withstand external interference.
The RCR-2E receiver has a new enclosure design, with external connectors, compatible with Side-Power four- and five-lead wire cabling for Side-Power thruster and windlass models. There are also an S-link™ compatible version available for PRO and retractable thrusters.
Functionality for the replacement models are identical to the existing models, but the pairing procedure is slightly different and are described in detail in the Side-Power RC-2 product manual.
Due to this total overhaul, RC-1 components and RC-2 components are not cross-compatible. No RC-1 product can be combined with any of the new RC-2 products. In any given system, both reciever and transmitter needs to be either RC-1 series or RC-2 series to operate properly.
As before, the models sold as kits, come ready paired from the factory. Extra transmitters are also available.
Side-Power offers a unique series of «smart» control panels, an important part of a thruster system. Choose between our compact touch button, the popular joystick controls, the «docking» control panel with the most intuitive thruster control ever or the new exclusive round panel. Why not try the radio remote control for full mobility onboard, being the perfect tool for shorthanded boating. Radio linked panels are also an option.
Sleipner Motor is based in Fredrikstad, Norway where we have manufactured high quality parts for the marine industry since 1908. While working at the cutting edge of both product and production technology, the philosophy made necessary by the tough Norwegian waters have not changed since the early years: "making products you can rely on".
The Side-Power range of bow and stern thrusters are market leading and chosen by most high quality boat manufacturers world wide. The crew at Sleipner takes great pride in what they do and the spirit and attitude of each person involved is really what distinguish companies as well as the products they deliver.