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Simple Tips Preserve Stainless Steel Shine

Vision Wheel with Wave





Little enhances the appearance of a boat like gleaming, mirror-like parts and fittings. All marine metals, even the superior stainless steel grade used in Schmitt & Ongaro wheels and horns, require periodic maintenance to prevent corrosion, extend their life and preserve their lustrous shine.

Stainless steel has an invisible, protective or passive layer of chromium oxide. In a marine environment, pollutants, contaminants and salt can pit this protective film, leading to potential deterioration. Keeping this coating clean will preserve the like-new gleam and lengthen the item’s life.

Maintaining the finish on a Schmitt & Ongaro wheel or horn is simple. Owners should regularly clean the stainless steel with mild, biodegradable soap and water. Once dry, boat or car wax can be applied to remove stains, enhance the item’s shine and add a layer of protection. If rust is noticed, even from contact with a non-stainless part, a household metal cleaner should be used.

Owners should avoid using abrasives such as steel wool or powdered kitchen cleansers. Bleach, mineral acids, and even some common boat cleaners can also be harmful to the stainless finish. When in doubt, boaters should stick with the basics. More information is available at

Contact Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, 1001 Ranck Mill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602. 866-724-6488 (866-SCHMITT); Fax: 866-329-7679 (866-FAXSMSW).


Universal Fit – Center Nuts offer Style and Value

Expanding on its extensive line of attractive and high-quality boat wheel trim, Schmitt & Ongaro Marine introduces its Faux Center Nuts. A practical and versatile choice, these striking center nuts are designed with style and value in mind. They’re a perfect match to the company’s cast wheels, such as its popular stainless steel Vision line.

Builders and distributors no longer need to stock multiple variations of threaded center nuts. These universal-fit Faux Center Nuts snap into place on a choice of two bases. One fits 1/2″ mechanical or 12mm steering systems, such as for SeaStar or Uflex. The other is for 5/8″ hydraulic systems, like Hynautic.

Faux Center Nuts are available in traditionally-finished 316 stainless steel or gleaming, chrome-plated ABS. The durable, cast stainless version can be engraved for boat builders by Schmitt & Ongaro Marine for a custom, finished appearance. Customers can order packages with either nut and one or both bases for leaner, more efficient inventories.

Faux Nuts

On left – Stainless Steel Faux Nut On Right – Chrome ABS Faux Nut

As with all its products, these new economical center nuts represent Schmitt & Ongaro’s continued dedication to workmanship, attention to detail and production optimization. The stainless steel Faux Center Nut retails for $24.90, while the chrome-plated ABS model costs $9.10. Both come standard with one base.


December 19, 2014 – New Product Release         Poly Destroyer Wheel

Schmitt and Ongaro’s all new Polyurethane Destroyer Wheel brings a commanding presence to any boat, at a price point unmatched by its competition. Manufactured with the standard of high quality the company is known for worldwide, this wheel, with its classic styling and robust construction, is made to perform in the harshest conditions.

Solidly built, the Polyurethane Destroyer is weather-defying and easy to care for. Five gleaming spokes radiate from the wheel’s central hub—all constructed from durable stainless steel. A molded and foamed black polyurethane covering surrounds a strong steel ring and features a leather-textured finish. Finger grips provide comfort and maximum control. A matching black center cap is standard; chrome-plated ABS is available as an upgrade.

With its contrasting mirror-like finish and inviting black grip, the Destroyer is both tough and practical. It’s a high quality, low-cost option for any boat, but is ideal for RIBs, runabouts, skiffs and center consoles. The wheel is available in 14″ and 16″ diameters, each with a 22° dish. MSRP is $90.39 and $95.68, respectively.

Contact Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, 1001 Ranck Mill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602. 866-724-6488 (866-SCHMITT); Fax: 866-329-7679 (866-FAXSMSW).

New Torcello Wheel Offers Easy Customization

Torcello WheelAmong the many benefits of polyurethane steering wheels are the variety of designs and ability to customize, enhancing the wheel itself and complementing a boat’s décor. Schmitt & Ongaro introduces the Torcello by Stella, an all-new polyurethane wheel with numerous decorative options.

The innovative Torcello allows customers to vary the richness of the wheel. By layering trim enhancements, they can optimize the level of decoration to match a boat’s style and price point, while maintaining control over the final cost.

The base Torcello model offers simplicity in a durable design, with a grip that gives the look and feel of leather and a choice of polished aluminum, black anodized or satin finished spokes. Customers can then add chromed ABS rim or spoke trim pieces, elevating the level of ornamentation. A choice of attractive center caps allows for additional possibilities. This layering of options can be continued until the customer has a highly decorated version of the Torcello. These are just a few examples of the depth of design that defines the Torcello.

The Schmitt & Ongaro Torcello steering wheel measures 360mm (14.2″) in diameter. It has an MSRP starting at $139.40. It is ideally suited for ski boats, wakeboard boats, runabouts or pontoons.

New Destroyer Wheel

Schmitt and Ongaro unveiled their all new “Destroyer” wheel with a polyurethane wrapped grip.

The durability of stainless steel with the comfort and practicality of polyurethane.   During the month of October, Schmitt and Ongaro are offering promotional pricing on this wheel.   To  learn more about this wheel and our special pricing, contact:


Poly Destroyer Wheel

All New Polyurethane Wheel

Schmitt and Ongaro unveiled the new “Torcello” wheel last week at the 2014 IBEX show in Tampa Florida. The wheel generated a lot of interest with it’s sleek, modern design and the ability to customize the wheel’s look with a variety of trims and center caps. To find out how to get this wheel on YOUR boat, contact:   Torcello Wheel

Stop Tredding Water …..

And get ready to “swim” your way to Booth 1813 at IBEX.   That’s where you’ll find Schmitt and Ongaro Marine Products with new items in our Wheel and Accessory categories.


Stop by for the unveiling of our new Torcello wheel.   We are very excited about expanding our Stella Polyurethane Wheel line, offering new designs to boat builders as they look to keep their boat helms in line with current trends.


We’ve also added a nine inch Grab Rail to our accessories line. Already a popular item.   316 Cast Stainless Steel with a Santoprene™ grip.   Stock color for the grip is black, but custom colors are available (minimum order requirements will apply).


Also new this year is a Polyurethane wrapped Destroyer Wheel.   The durability of stainless with the comfort of a polyurethane finger grip rim.



OAmong the most-handled items aboard a boat, throttle and shift controls qualify as essential marine equipment. Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products offers a full line of reliable aftermarket replacement and OEM upgrade control arms and knobs. They add authority and style to any helm.

Ideal for boat builders and owners seeking durability and classic good looks, Schmitt & Ongaro control knobs and arms are made of 316 cast stainless steel. All models feature Ongaro patented designs, meet ABYC requirements, and are covered by a lifetime warranty.

Shift and throttle knobs come with a 3/8″-24 thread and a choice of either a 1-1/2″ or 1-7/8″ diameter. They’re compatible with Sea Star Solutions (formerly Teleflex), Morse and Hynautic controls, among other manufacturer brands. Throttle knobs are grooved for feel and colored for sight, with red or gold striping.

Schmitt & Ongaro arm choices start with a Standard model for Teleflex Morse Twin SR and CH56CC controls. The Yacht Arm, with a Palm Beach-style integrated handle, works with most single lever side mount controls. A patented Yacht Arm version includes a built-in switch for bow thruster control. Schmitt & Ongaro dual arm sets include one shift lever with a solid knob, and one throttle lever with a grooved knob in a choice of red or gold striping accents.

Contact Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, 1001 Ranck Mill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602. 866-724-6488 (866-SCHMITT); Fax: 866-329-7679 (866-FAXSMSW).


Wheel Stand with Wheel        


       Feeling is believing—that’s why Schmitt & Ongaro is giving away a free wheel stand with the purchase of six of its steering wheels. The stands enable dealers and retailers to more easily display the Schmitt wheels. This merchandising opportunity will help distributors and dealers drive sales by putting a Schmitt & Ongaro wheel directly in the customer’s hands without leaving the showroom. The custom wheel stand is also available for purchase as a standalone item.

         The superior quality of a Schmitt & Ongaro steering wheel becomes evident through both its visual appeal and its easy handling. The wheel stand encourages customers to experience the brand first hand. Whether they’re in the market for a fine stainless steel wheel or seek solid value with a polyurethane model, boat owners are sure to find a Schmitt & Ongaro product that suits their needs.

            The sturdy black, powder-coated stand is fitted with four rubber feet to prevent it from moving or tipping. A mounting post with a heavy screw accommodates attachment of any standard 3/4″ tapered wheel. The wheel stand measures approximately 11″ H x 7.5″ W x 8″ D.