Vetus Bow Thruster Controller

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Ranger Mike, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. Ranger Mike

    Ranger Mike New Member

    Jun 3, 2017
    2003 SR 480 Sedan Bridge
    "Irish Ayes"
    Cummins QSM11
    We have a 2003 SR 480EB with a Vetus Bow Thruster. The thruster controller is at the helm station and has a black toggle switch to provide power to the controller, and a green lighted button I press to activate the joy stick. The thruster works just fine, but the light under the green button does not light up. Anyone have that problem and know how to get to that bulb to replace it?
  2. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    Axiom 12 MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    It could be a couple things and I’m assuming you have the standard Carling switches.

    The light in the switch is out, and you can buy the lighted base, or it could be a bad/loose connection on the lighting terminal. Either way, you have to pull the dash panel

    Make sure you take a picture or mark the leads before removal. Here how to identify the switch...

    Better yet, Sea Ray usually has a parts manual for your boat and you can find the sea ray part# and order from Flounder Pounder.
  3. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    It sounds like there is a button on the controller base itself? If so you may need to contact Vetus.
  4. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island. N.Y.
    2005 500DB
    Furuno Electronics
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    I bet you can access it from under the dash or possibly unscrew the pad and flip it over it’s probably this stick or try to unscrew the black ring around the light
  5. boatmailster

    boatmailster Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2007
    none to share
    none to share
    People did take them apart to replace a bulb.
  6. ENstig8or

    ENstig8or Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 4, 2013
    New Jersey
    2003 Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge.....

    2016 Sea Ray 21 SPX BR
    Cummins 480CE (450)
    Mercruiser 4.3L (21 SPX)
    I have the exact same unit on my boat. I never knew it was supposed to light up as mine never has.
  7. Ranger Mike

    Ranger Mike New Member

    Jun 3, 2017
    2003 SR 480 Sedan Bridge
    "Irish Ayes"
    Cummins QSM11
    Thanks to everyone who responded to my question. This 480 is new to us and I am still in the learning mode. I did contact Vetus and they offered to sell me a replacement module, but I don't want to go thru the hassle and expense just to replace a bulb when to thruster is working fine. Thanks again all.
  8. mquiet

    mquiet Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    You don't really need th bulb. If bow moves it on.

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