We arrived at Solomon's Island, MD with little fanfare... the ride was a little bumpy... winds out of the west... I think the crew is done with the Chesapeake they are not big fans of the chop that can pop up quickly. As we arrived dockside the bow thruster failed - the motor is running but the prop ain't doing nothing. A wise man - Frank Lanier, retired LT USCG, once told me ' there nice - like a girl friend, but don't count on them'. The docks where fixed - so without much effort I placed a lengthy black skid mark on the port bow - lesson learned - don't count on the bow thruster. Fortunately the Admiral and Swab did an excellent job on deck keeping me from any serious damage.