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?

Tips for Troubleshooting LED Lighting on Boats

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

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

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?

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

Trim Tabs vs. Interceptors: Which Are Better for my Boat?

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?

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?