The World’s First Retractable Thruster – For a Houseboat

With their shallow draft and significant windage, houseboats can be extremely difficult to handle around a dock on the best of days. With the introduction of the HB series of retractable thrusters, Sideshift has set the standard for a powerful, easy-to-install thruster for houseboats up to 80′.

Makes Houseboat Docking a Breeze

Installed easily in a few hours as a DIY project, or by any marina or boatyard, the powerful dual prop thruster sits at home under the bow in our rugged, marine grade anodized aluminum housing, ready for use when you need it!

To deploy, simply press the helm-mounted actuator switch and within seconds the thruster drops down into position, stopping automatically at the perfect depth. From here precision guidance is right at your fingertips with the simple joystick control to swing your bow in any direction, regardless of wind or current. Not only does docking become much easier and safer, but you will experience stress-free handling and control in all close quarters situations.

The compact, low profile housing design keeps the thruster out of harm’s way at all speeds, and it doesn’t interfere with beaching or shallow water situations.

As an added bonus, our HB Series thruster includes Sideshift’s popular remote control key fob that puts precision control right in the palm of your hand. You or your first mate can now have full control of the bow from anywhere on the boat or dock, to secure the lines and avoid any miscommunication.

And for even greater control of your houseboat, you can add our ST350 stern thruster and dual joystick for a complete system ready to take on any docking or close-quarters situation!

Still have questions about the benefits of a Sideshift bow or stern thruster? Learn more about the Sideshift advantage.



All-Inclusive Kit



Sideshift houseboat thrusters are perfect for houseboats from 30′ to 70′ in length*. Our under-deck mounted, fully-retractable houseboat thrusters have several key advantages and features, including:

  • Fully retractable 12/24VDC actuation system
  • Fast 6 second deployment time
  • Powerful, 5hp or 7.5hp thruster motor for instant response
  • Easy DIY installation
  • Whisper quiet

* Contact factory for boats longer than 80′

Sideshift houseboat thrusters are sold as a complete kit. Everything you need is included except the power source. Our houseboat thruster kits include:

  • Retractable Dual Prop Thruster
  • Motor Controller
  • Wireless Joystick and Actuator Control
  • Wiring Harness
  • All Mounting Hardware
  • Wireless Remote Control Key Fob

Simply open the box and get started! When you’re finished the installation just connect to a dedicated power source and enjoy an amazing, stress-free boating experience!

Sideshift houseboat thrusters can be installed in less than a day. Conventional thrusters can take days to install by a professional. At Sideshift, we make installing your thruster a breeze!

  • Easy, do-it-yourself installation
  • Detailed installation manual and unlimited phone support
  • No complicated hydraulics
  • Can be installed with your boat in the water
  • No holes drilled below the waterline
  • No noisy motor inside the hull or pontoon
  • Can be installed by any marina or boatyard

All Sideshift thrusters are protected by our comprehensive 2-year warranty. If you have any issues at all with your thruster, just give us a call. At Sideshift, we always work to make sure every customer is completely satisfied!

Model # Boat Length
HB340  Houseboats 30′ – 50′ Learn More
HB350  Houseboats 40′ – 80′ Learn More

How to Order

Interested in purchasing a new Sideshift bow or stern thruster system? Ordering couldn’t be simpler.

Contact Sideshift today by calling 1.877.325.4787 to speak with a representative or by sending us an email. We’ll help you select the best solution for your boat!