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
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?
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?
Imtra thruster expert Peter Nolet explains the most important factors to consider when planning to install a new bow thruster on your boat. If you've been looking for a bow thruster for your boat, you may have noticed there are a lot of options. Bow thrusters come in many styles and sizes. They are generally … Continue reading How to Choose the Right Bow Thruster for Your Boat
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
Many boaters, especially those on larger boats, use either a powered or manual to windlass to raise and lower the anchor. Don’t have an anchor windlass? Check out our guide to selecting the proper windlass for your vessel. While windlasses are integral to many boats, they are often neglected on the annual maintenance list. It … Continue reading 7 Tips for Annual Maintenance of Your Anchor Windlass
Imtra's lighting expert Colby Chevalier explains the key differences between LED and Halogen lighting for boats. Over the last several years boat builders and owners all over the world have been switching the light fixtures within their boats from halogen and incandescent lighting to LED light fixtures and bulbs. This trend begs the question, why? … Continue reading LED vs. Halogen: Should I Convert to LED Lighting on my Boat?