• Sideshift’s Revolutionary New Pontoon Thruster

    It’s Time to Shift Your Thinking About Docking a Pontoon Boat

    From the company that invented the externally mounted bow thruster, Sideshift introduces the PT230, the world’s first fully retractable thruster – for a pontoon boat!

    With their shallow draft, light weight and significant windage, pontoon boats are notoriously difficult to handle around a dock or slipway. Add a strong crosswind or current and the task can become a real exercise in frustration, and may even compromise safety with your loved ones and friends.

    Perfect for Any Pontoon Boat

    Installed easily in a few hours and perfect for either double, or tri- pontoon configurations, the powerful single prop motor sits at home under the deck in its rugged, marine grade anodized aluminum housing, ready for use when you need it!

    24′ Pontoon Boat – Retractable Bow

    To deploy, simply press the helm-mounted actuator switch and within seconds the PT230 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 PT230 out of harm’s way at all speeds including wide open throttle, and it doesn’t interfere with beaching or trailering your boat.

    As an added bonus, the PT230 includes Sideshift’s popular remote control key fob that puts precision control of the thruster in the palm of your hand. Your first mate can now have full control of the bow to secure the lines and avoid any miscommunication.

    Take the stress out of docking or close quarter maneuvers with the revolutionary PT230, the perfect complement to any pontoon boat!

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

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    All-Inclusive Kit



    Sideshift’s PT230 is perfect for any sized pontoon boat. The thruster has several key advantages and features, including:

    • Fully retractable 12VDC actuation system
    • Powerful, 2.5hp thruster motor for instant response
    • Easy DIY installation
    • Whisper quiet

    Sideshift pontoon thrusters are sold as a complete kit. Everything you need is included except the power source. The kit includes:

    • Retractable Single Prop Thruster
    • Motor Controller
    • Wireless Joystick
    • 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 power source and enjoy an amazing boating experience!

    Sideshift’s pontoon thruster can be installed in less than a day.

    • Easy, do-it-yourself installation
    • Detailed installation manual and unlimited phone support
    • Can be installed with your boat in the water
    • No holes drilled below the waterline
    • 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
    PT230 Any Size Pontoon Boat 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!