Lofrans Anchor Windlass Replacement for Sea Ray & Others

If you have a 20-year-old mid-sized Sea Ray boat, chances are you may be ready for an anchor-windlass upgrade. Imtra anchor windlass expert Jim Thomas explains. From 1995 through 2003, Sea Ray built and sold thousands of boats 28 to 50 feet that were outfitted with the Lofrans Progress 1 anchor windlass. This model has … Continue reading Lofrans Anchor Windlass Replacement for Sea Ray & Others

Common Questions About Sizing & Installing Sola-Cure Solar Blinds

We sat down with sunshade-expert Peter Jones from Sola-Cure Marine Window Blinds to answer common questions about selecting, sizing and installing Sola-Cure Solar Blinds on your vessel. If you’re unsure if you need solar blinds on your vessel, check out our previous article: The Benefits of Using Sunshades on Your Vessel.   What do I … Continue reading Common Questions About Sizing & Installing Sola-Cure Solar Blinds

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