Which Bow Thruster Type is Best? Tunnel vs. External vs. Retractable vs. Water Jets

Imtra thruster expert Peter Nolet reviews four common types and describes the pros and cons of each style for recreational boats. Bow and stern thrusters come in many shapes and sizes and are used to help maneuver boats in tight quarters by providing thrust in a sideways direction. Different styles of thruster will work best … Continue reading Which Bow Thruster Type is Best? Tunnel vs. External vs. Retractable vs. Water Jets

Stabilization on Commercial Vessels

Are Stabilizers Used on Commercial Vessels? The commercial marine industry has been using stabilizer systems for ages in the form of paravanes, gyros, fins, ballast transfer and other systems. While roll stabilization on pleasure craft has been around for decades, the concept has taken-off in the past five years. These days, virtually all higher-end monohull … Continue reading Stabilization on Commercial Vessels

The Benefits & Challenges of Installing LED Lights on Your Boat

Most recently-built boats are already outfitted with LED lighting, but if your boat is older, or you’re considering buying a used boat, the lighting may be ready for an upgrade. Imtra product expert Tom Orr walks you through the process of purchasing & switching to LED lighting onboard.   Why should I consider switching to … Continue reading The Benefits & Challenges of Installing LED Lights on Your Boat

Side-Power Commercial Thruster FAQs

“Who” is Side-Power? Side-Power is the brand name of Sleipner Motor products. Sleipner began as a marine engine and propeller manufacturer in 1908 and has been headquartered in Fredrikstad, Norway ever since. That engineering and metal machining pedigree has been the core of Side-Power’s identity for 112 years. The company continues to be heavily focused … Continue reading Side-Power Commercial Thruster FAQs

Hydraulic vs. Electric: Which Power Source is Better for my Boat?

More power! It’s an increasingly common need on boats, new and old alike, as they add more and more systems with high power demands, including bow thrusters, stern thrusters and stabilizers. Imtra hydraulics expert Prentice Weathers reviews the pros and cons of hydraulic and electric options aboard boats.  Boats aren’t attached to “the grid” so … Continue reading Hydraulic vs. Electric: Which Power Source is Better for my Boat?

Imtra Product Spotlight: Libra Doors FAQs

Originally founded in 1954 as a composites company that built boats and storage containers, Libra began manufacturing doors for the maritime market in 1970. They started with composite GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) but soon expanded into aluminum and steel doors to meet market demands. Today they are the largest maritime door manufacturer in Europe, producing … Continue reading Imtra Product Spotlight: Libra Doors FAQs

Tips for Troubleshooting LED Lighting on Boats

The vast majority of boat owners don’t experience any issues with LED lights onboard their boats, but having a circuit of LED lights that hums or flickers can be extremely frustrating, and tracking down the issue can often be challenging. Imtra’s Technical Support Engineer, Van Noorden, walks you through some troubleshooting tips to help expedite … Continue reading Tips for Troubleshooting LED Lighting on Boats

4 Factors to Consider when Choosing the Best Searchlight for Your Vessel

A searchlight is a crucial piece of equipment on any commercial vessel that operates at night, but often gets overlooked. Imtra’s Northeast Commercial Sales Manager, Nate Cabral, explains the key factors to consider so that you get the best searchlight for your vessel. What are you lighting up? It may seem obvious, but knowing the … Continue reading 4 Factors to Consider when Choosing the Best Searchlight for Your Vessel

Vector Fin (Curved) Stabilizers Vs. Straight Fin Stabilizers—Which is Better?

If you’re considering installing fin stabilizers on your boat, you’ve probably discovered there are two options for the shape of the fin: curved Vector fins from Side-power and traditional flat fins offered by a number of different suppliers including ABT, Wesmar, Naiad & Humphree, among others. While functionally similar, the two different styles produce very … Continue reading Vector Fin (Curved) Stabilizers Vs. Straight Fin Stabilizers—Which is Better?

Imtra Product Spotlight: Lilaas Controls FAQs

Where are Lilaas controls manufactured? Headquartered in Horten, Norway, Lilaas AS is a world leading manufacturer of various types of control levers and joysticks for marine & offshore use. Established in 1960, Lilaas now develops and produces their controls in-house and around the clock using advanced automated machinery.   What kinds of applications are Lilaas … Continue reading Imtra Product Spotlight: Lilaas Controls FAQs