Stabilization on Commercial Vessels

Are Stabilizers Used on Commercial Vessels? The commercial marine industry has been using stabilizer systems for ages in the form of paravanes, gyros, fins, ballast transfer and other systems. While roll stabilization on pleasure craft has been around for decades, the concept has taken-off in the past five years. These days, virtually all higher-end monohull … Continue reading Stabilization on Commercial Vessels

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?

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?

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

Fins vs. Gyros: What You Need to Know About Boat Stabilizers

Imtra product expert Prentice Weathers answers common questions that highlight the differences between fin and gyroscopic stabilization. Most owners want to reduce the motion that makes people seasick on their boat, and many have heard about stabilization systems provided by fin stabilizers and gyros. But which is better? And specifically, how do advanced curved-fin systems … Continue reading Fins vs. Gyros: What You Need to Know About Boat Stabilizers

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?