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
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
“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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
Choosing the right deck light can often be a complex process, so Imtra’s Northeast Commercial Sales Manager, Nate Cabral, goes through the important factors to consider when picking a deck light. What do you need the deck light for? It may seem obvious, but spending some time thinking about exactly what area of the deck … Continue reading How to Choose the Best Deck Light for your Boat