It goes without saying that sailboat owners love to sail, but there’s many a skipper who gets equal enjoyment out of maintaining a vessel so that it’s always ready to put to sea and a cozy safe haven in which to relax when the voyage is done. It’s hard to excel in the art of seamanship, after all, without a sturdy and reliable stage on which to perform. The editors at Cruising World have teamed up with the experts at Imtra to bring you Smoother Sailing, a place where you’ll find videos and articles dedicated to maintaining and improving your boat’s systems, so that you can get the most out of the time you spend out on the water. Not only will you find DIY tips, product recommendations and in-depth how-tos, you’ll also find thrilling tales of ambitious makeovers coupled with delicious galley-ready recipes and bucket-list destination stories. Read, sail, enjoy!

Imtra has been a leader in the recreational marine market for nearly 70 years.  Boat builders, boat yards and owners turn to Imtra for their quality brands and deep industry experience. From innovative LED lighting solutions to wiper systems, windlasses, thrusters, helm chairs and more, Imtra has the equipment and expertise to create a complete system solution.

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Keeping Electrical Systems Healthy

Check out the comprehensive range of switches and outlets from Vimar with Imtra's lighting product manager, TJ Orr. 

Close-Quarters Boat Handling

Check out Imtra's expansive range of Side-Power bow & stern thrusters with product manager Peter Nolet.


Imtra's Dick Davidson demonstrates the AutoAnchor AA710 wireless remote and chain-counter for his anchor windlass. 

The Hands-On Sailor

Cruising Life

Cruising Recipes