Fins vs. Gyros: What You Need to Know About Boat Stabilizers

Imtra product expert Prentice Weathers answers common questions that highlight the differences between fin and gyroscopic stabilization. Most owners want to reduce the motion that makes people seasick on their boat, and many have heard about stabilization systems provided by fin stabilizers and gyros. But which is better? And specifically, how do advanced curved-fin systems … Continue reading Fins vs. Gyros: What You Need to Know About Boat Stabilizers

Everything You Need to Know About Switches

A switch is an electrical device that controls the flow of electricity.  In its simplest form it has two terminals that are connected by “Contacts” to energize the circuit or disconnected to de-energize the circuit.  Thus, the options for a simple switch are ON or OFF. Circuits The term “Circuit” comes from the Latin “Circuitous,” … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Switches

How To Avoid Interference Between LED Lights and VHF Radios

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) recently issued an alert regarding the potential for Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) between some LED lighting products and vital communication devices like VHF radios and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). EMI occurs when an electromagnetic wave emits from an electronic circuit in one device at a frequency that conflicts with … Continue reading How To Avoid Interference Between LED Lights and VHF Radios

Trim Tabs vs. Interceptors: Which Are Better for my Boat?

Imtra's Zipwake Product Manager Jamie Simmons explains the key differences between trim tabs and interceptors. If you’ve ever owned or operated a powerboat, you’re likely familiar with trim tabs, used to lift the transom of the boat up, and push the bow down to help the boat plane and ride comfortably. However, in the last … Continue reading Trim Tabs vs. Interceptors: Which Are Better for my Boat?

What Are Bow & Stern Thrusters & How Do They Work?

Imtra thruster expert Peter Nolet explains the basics of bow and stern thrusters and how they work.   Since the 1990s, recreational boats have increasingly been equipped with extra propulsion devices that are commonly called bow, stern, or side thrusters. Thrusters are equipped with small propellers that help maneuver a boat sideways rather than forwards … Continue reading What Are Bow & Stern Thrusters & How Do They Work?