Vetus Maxwell announces Bow Pro Thruster integration with Mercury Marine

VETUS has collaborated with Mercury Marine® to enable the integration of its BOW PRO and RIMDRIVE thrusters with Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO). Thanks to the NMEA 2000-certified CAN bus interface (CANVERTER), the compatible systems join seamlessly to create a compelling solution that enhances the piloting and docking experience.


“It is now easier than ever to manoeuvre boats in tight spaces, even with current or wind. It’s total control at your fingertips.”

The best of two worlds!

The integration of the BOW PRO thruster family with Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO) marks a significant improvement in the boating experience. Combining the leading reliability and power of VETUS’ most advanced thrusters with Mercury’s world-class JPO assures complete 360-degree control over any piloting or docking situation.

  • Seamless integration between outboard engines and thrusters, ensuring endless docking possibilities
  • Simple and efficient movement or docking of your boat – sideways, diagonally, forwards, backwards or rotating in place
  • Precise command of outboard engines and thruster with one single-control device
  • Responsive vessel control and easy handling in tight spaces

Expansive Compatibility

VETUS has made sure that all BOW PRO (BOWA and BOWB) and RIMDRIVE thrusters are suitable for integration with the Mercury control system. This VETUS-Mercury Marine integrated solution requires Mercury’s next-generation Digital

Throttle & Shift (DTS) controls and is applicable for use with Verado outboards of 250 hp and more, on boats with twin or more engines.


The VETUS-Mercury bow thruster integration kit is set to launch April/2022. Stay tuned for more details.

Required Components

The integration of the systems requires the following components* (sold separately):

  • VETUS BOW PRO or RIMDRIVE thruster
  • VETUS V-CAN cables (e.g., BPCAB15HF)
  • VETUS V-CAN installation set (e.g., BPROASET)
  • VETUS control panel (e.g., BPPJA)
  • VETUS AGM batteries (e.g., VEAGM185)
  • MERCURY Marine next-generation Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) controls**
  • MERCURY Marine Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO)**
  • MERCURY Marine JPO bow thruster integration kit**

* Fuses, fuse holder, battery switches, cable tags and battery cables are not included.

** Please contact your local Mercury Marine Authorized dealer to learn more about which SmartCraft® products are compatible with VETUS BOW PRO and RIMDRIVE thrusters.

3-year warranty, unique in the market!

All VETUS boat equipment products come with a 3 year warranty. Because of our long experience, careful choice of materials and stringent quality controls, we have the confidence to offer this warranty. For advice, installation and service you can always rely on our worldwide network of VETUS dealers.

** Please contact your authorized Mercury Marine dealer to learn more about which SmartCraft® products are compatible with VETUS BOW PRO and RIMDRIVE thrusters.

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