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

The Benefits & Challenges of Installing LED Lights on Your Boat

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

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?

Vector Fin (Curved) Stabilizers Vs. Straight Fin Stabilizers—Which is Better?

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?

Imtra Product Spotlight: Lilaas Controls FAQs

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

How to Choose the Best Deck Light for your Boat

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

5 Factors to Consider when Choosing the Best Operator’s Chair for You

There are many options available when it comes to picking an operator's chair, so narrowing it down to the right one can be difficult. Imtra’s Commercial Product Manager, Alex Sykes, has laid out some of the most important factors to consider. What is the application? The most important factor to consider is what the chair … Continue reading 5 Factors to Consider when Choosing the Best Operator’s Chair for You

What Do Zipwake Interceptors Cost, Installed?

Imtra’s Zipwake Product Manager Jamie Simmons helps you size up the costs involved in buying and installing Zipwake interceptors. The cost of installing interceptors on your boat depends on your type of boat and the performance benefits you want. Both will impact the number and size of the interceptors needed and the labor required for … Continue reading What Do Zipwake Interceptors Cost, Installed?

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

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