Pontoon Thrusters - Sideshift Bow Thrusters and Stern Thrusters

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Pontoon Thrusters

Introducing the first fully retractable thruster system designed for today’s modern pontoon boat. (US Patent 10167069) Universal mounting for any dual or triple tube boat, precision guidance is right at your fingertips with the simple joystick control.

It’s time to shift your thinking about docking 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 within a few hours and perfect for either double or triple tube pontoon boats, 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.Thruster - Sideshift

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 quickly move 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 quarter situations.

The compact, low profile housing design keeps the PT230 out of harm’s way at all speeds, including wide open throttle. As well, 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.

True Joystick Docking with the PT360 Bow/Stern System

Introducing effortless joystick docking for any pontoon boat.  Sideshift’s fully retractable PT230 bow thruster and outboard-mounted stern thruster provide easy maneuvering of any dual or triple tube pontoon boat.   Now you can move your boat with confidence in any direction, and in any weather condition – sideways, diagonally, rotate in place – all with the smooth and silent power of Sideshift’s proven thruster technology.

Take the stress out of docking or close quarter maneuvers with the revolutionary PT230 and PT360 thruster systems, the perfect complement to any pontoon boat!

PT360 Joystick Docking System

PT360 Joystick Docking System

(Up to 35′ boats)

PT230 Retractable Bow Thruster

PT230 Retractable Bow Thruster

(Up to 35′ boats)

ST230-OB Outboard Mounted Stern Thruster (Pat. Pending)

ST230-OB Outboard Mounted Stern Thruster

Patent Pending

(Up to 35′ boats)



Sideshift’s PT230 bow thruster or PT360 Joystick Docking System are perfect for any sized pontoon boat,  and have several key advantages and features, including:

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

All-Inclusive Kit

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

  • Retractable Single Prop Bow Thruster
  • Fixed Mount Single Prop Stern Thruster(PT360 only)
  • Motor Controller
  • Wireless Joystick(Dual Joystick on PT360 System)
  • Wiring Harness
  • All Mounting Hardware
  • Wireless Remote Control Key Fob
  • Fuse with Digital Voltage Indicator
  • Battery Switch

Simply open the box and get started! When you’re finished the installation, just connect to a power source and enjoy a stress-free 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 pontoon boat dealer or marina

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