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Imtra Side-Power Vector Finstm Granted U.S. Patent

Press release date: March 15, 2017

Groundbreaking Curved Foil Design Can Increase Overall Vessel Efficiency and Provide Superior Stabilization

New Bedford, Mass. – IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today that Side-Power has been granted a U.S. patent for its groundbreaking Vector FinTM stabilization system. The unique curve of Side-Power’s Vector Fin is an evolution of traditional stabilizer fins and substantially increases the efficiency of the system while reducing common side-effects. Side-Power applied for and was granted U.S. patent number 14/438133.

"By directing the force the fin generates in a more vertical axis, Side-Power Vector Fin Stabilizers reduce the wasted horizontal force that results in the noticeable sway and yaw of flat fins,” said Phillip Whittaker, large yacht specialist, IMTRA. “Owners want a boat that is stable, comfortable, performs well and is as fuel efficient as possible. The Side-Power Vector Fin system is simply the most efficient stabilizer available on the market. The new patent protects the innovation behind this achievement and allows for future development of the technology.”

Any effective boat stabilizer is designed to reduce roll regardless of whether a vessel is underway or at anchor. Side-Power Stabilizer Systems provide dramatic roll reduction that results in a comfortable, stable platform and ride at any speed.

“The curved fin design allows us to create lift at speed,” said Prentice Weathers, custom product sales, IMTRA. “In most installations, generating lift will allow us to reduce any drag the fins produce. This means the vessel can be as fuel efficient with stabilizers as the boat would be without them, all without the space, weight and service challenges of gyro-type systems.”

IMTRA is the exclusive North American distributor of Side-Power’s high-quality products. Side-Power Vector Fins are ideally suited for vessels from 50 to 150 feet and are available through IMTRA’s network of marine retailers, shipyards and retrofitters throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about the Side-Power Vector Fins, IMTRA, or its entire product line, please call 508-995-7000 or visit www.imtra.com/side-power-stabilizers.htm.

About IMTRA:

IMTRA, based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, is an importer and manufacturer of high quality marine products, advanced LED solutions and integrated marine systems, as well as a key supplier to the OEM and aftermarket. With 65 years in the commercial, industrial and marine markets, IMTRA has sales and support teams in 10 regions throughout North America. The company’s extensive product knowledge is available to its customers through a renowned full-service department and professional customer service group. Product categories include Lighting, Thrusters, Stabilizers, Anchoring Systems, Wipers, Antennas, Gangways, Seating, Controls and other specialty products. In addition to their own proprietary products, IMTRA represents well-known international brands that include Side-Power, NorSap, Vimar, Lumishore, Lofrans, Muir, Exalto, Zipwake, Colorlight, Roca, Lilaas and many more. www.IMTRA.com/about-IMTRA.htm.

Peter Kilgore

VP Marketing

IMTRA

pkilgore@imtra.com

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