Smoother Sailing with Imtra

Our editors have teamed up with the experts at Imtra to bring you advice on how to maintain and improve your boat’s systems so that you can get the most from your hours spent out on the water.

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!

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Keeping Electrical Systems Healthy

Imtra’s Colby Chevalier walks you through the features and benefits of the Munich LED reading light from Prebit.


Close-Quarters Boat Handling


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.

A Back Cove 30 was upgraded to Side-Power Speed Control Thrusters.


Lofrans New Anchor Windlass Helm Switch

Imtra's product manager for anchoring systems, Jim Thomas, goes over the features of a new electronic, permit-activated helm switch used to control your electric anchor windlass.

Imtra walks you through some simple steps to keep your combination rope/chain anchor rode in good shape and running smoothly through your windlass.

The Hands-On Sailor

Cruising Life

Carlien Pels and Martin Manrique

Make Them Sailors

A young couple heads out in an old sailboat to explore the Caribbean, and ends up starting a nonprofit that aims to teach island kids how to sail.

Sailboat surveying

How to Choose a Marine Surveyor

So you’ve potentially found your new boat, and it’s time for the survey. But how can you be certain to find the ideal surveyor for your needs?

From the Galley