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

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?

Why Joystick Control Systems Work Best with Integrated Bow & Stern Thrusters

More and more powerboats are sold today with joystick control systems incorporating bow and stern thrusters. Imtra systems expert Peter Nolet explains how and why the integration works so well. The introduction of joystick control for motor vessels has appealed to boaters for many of the same reasons that bow and stern thrusters have become … Continue reading Why Joystick Control Systems Work Best with Integrated Bow & Stern Thrusters

5 Common Questions About Proportional Speed Control Bow & Stern Thrusters

Proportional control bow and stern thrusters have changed the docking experience since they were first introduced in 2011. Imtra thruster expert Peter Nolet answers common questions about upgrading. Most electric motors we use in our daily lives operate at whatever speed we choose. Yet DC-powered bow and stern thrusters long ran at two speeds only—on … Continue reading 5 Common Questions About Proportional Speed Control Bow & Stern Thrusters

Why Is My Bow Thruster so Loud? 3 Common Causes of Noisy Thrusters

  Is your bow or stern thruster too loud? Whether your thruster has been noisy from the day it was installed or if it just started getting louder over time, here are three factors that contribute to noise, and ways to solve them. What Makes a Bow Thruster Loud? The most common cause of noise … Continue reading Why Is My Bow Thruster so Loud? 3 Common Causes of Noisy Thrusters

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?

5 Tips for Maintaining Your Bow & Stern Thrusters

Every year, more and more boats are built with bow & stern thrusters, and boat-owners without them are installing them to make their boats more maneuverable. While they’re  extremely helpful for docking and navigating in close quarters, they are often “out of sight, out of mind”. Because their thrusters are often buried deep in the … Continue reading 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Bow & Stern Thrusters