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ABA RENEWS CONTRACT WITH SCHMITT & ONGARO FOR SS WHEELS

Supplying ABA members with quality SS marine steering wheels
for the past 19 years.

The American Boatbuilders Association (ABA) has named Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products an exclusive supplier for stainless steel steering wheels, a position it has held since 1999. The contract is for three years and is a response to the company consistently providing the marine industry with exceptional products, service and support.

The ABA is the leading buying group for independent boatbuilders in the US. Through its members’ collective buying power, it negotiates access to high-quality components and accessories at competitive prices. The organization also functions as an industry voice, representing its constituents with suppliers, governments and related industry associations. Founded in 1992, its website is www.ababoats.com.

“I am pleased that ABA and Schmitt & Ongaro have renewed our agreement for three more years. Schmitt & Ongaro provide our members with high quality stainless steering wheels at competitive costs,” said Jay Patton, ABA president. “It’s been a successful relationship for all parties and we look forward to a successful future.”

Schmitt & Ongaro Marine manufactures a wide range of innovative and superior quality marine components and accessories. The company offers some of the strongest product warranties in the industry.

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

 

HUB EXTENSION ADDS 1.5″ TO SCHMITT & ONGARO POLYURETHANE WHEELS

Whether to increase leg room, optimize a standing position or provide added clearance for improved dash access and visibility, Schmitt & Ongaro Marine’s Aluminum Hub Extension is the solution OEMs and boat owners need. It works with any of the company’s polyurethane marine steering wheels, doubling the depth of the hub mounting space with an added 1.5″.

The Aluminum Hub Extension is simple to install. The wheel is removed and the durable, marine grade, black powder-coated collar bolted onto its place. Then, the wheel is repositioned and reconnected to the extension. All hardware is included.

Schmitt & Ongaro Marine’s Aluminum Hub Extension has an MSRP of $28.65.

For over 60 years, Schmitt & Ongaro has manufactured superior quality marine parts and is renowned for its robust product warranties. Its lineup includes steering wheels, horns, wiper systems, control arms and knobs, and accessories.

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

NOTE: This is an aluminum hub extension which must be utilized with an aluminum hub.

CAST STAINLESS STEEL STEERING WHEELS WILL LIKELY OUTLIVE BOAT

Quality craftsmanship and a feel of stability is immediately noticed when grasping a Schmitt & Ongaro Vision Elite or Vision FX marine steering wheel. Ideal for any boat, they’re attractive, yet incredibly strong and durable.

At home on the primary or secondary helm of a fresh or saltwater boat, the Vision Elite and Vision FX are cast from 316 stainless steel for low maintenance. Highly polished, they feature a classic three-spoke design with finger grip rims for control in wet weather or when steering one-handed. Available in 13.5″ and 15.5″ diameters, they have a 22° dish for ample dash offset and install on an industry standard 3/4″ tapered shaft for maximum rigidity.

The Vision Elite has an all-stainless steel knob mounted on a spoke for ergonomics and precision glass ball bearings for long-lived, smooth-spinning action. Likewise, the Vision FX is available with or without a stainless steel control knob with black cap and flange bearings. Both carry a lifetime anti-corrosion warranty.

Perfect for OEM or refit, Schmitt & Ongaro’s Vision Elite wheels have MSRP starting prices of $240.40; Vision FX wheels without control knob, $174.80, and with, $218.50.

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

 

PREMIUM QUALITY PU STEERING WHEEL SAME COST AS PLASTIC

THE TORCELLO LITE by STELLA

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Schmitt & Ongaro Marine introduces a high-quality aluminum and polyurethane marine steering wheel with a price point that’s competitive with all-plastic models. The exceptional yet economical Torcello Lite by Stella provides a sure, solid command of the helm and fits with any boat décor.

The Torcello Lite is made to the same high, demanding standards for which the Stella brand is renowned. Boatbuilders can upgrade from a basic plastic marine steering wheel to this premium quality version, with minimal impact to the boat’s final cost.

The 13″ Torcello Lite features three satin silver or black anodized aluminum spokes with stylish cut-outs. The ergonomic grip is cowhide leather-textured black polyurethane with accent areas having the look of perforated leather. Its black center cap can be upgraded to chromed ABS for an additional charge. It has a plastic hub with a 3/4″ tapered bore.

Schmitt & Ongaro’s Torcello Lite has an MSRP of $89.95.

Stella is a line of polyurethane steering wheels by Schmitt & Ongaro. Known for its superior customer service, the company is the industry’s foremost maker of innovative and exceptional quality marine accessories.

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

Editor’s note: See the Torcello Lite and other fine Schmitt & Ongaro products at IBEX, October 4-6, Tampa, Florida, Booth 1813.

SEPA PAYMENTS NOW ACCEPTED

SCHMITT & ONGARO COMMITS TO EUROPE WITH SEPA PAYMENTS

Making it even easier for European customers to access Schmitt & Ongaro Marine’s quality marine hardware, the company is now accepting SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) for remittance. In 2013, it established a warehouse in Dronten, Netherlands, to expedite order fulfillment.

SEPA is a payment integration initiative used to carry out cross-border financial transactions in Euros, regardless of the location within Europe. Easier, less expensive and more convenient than a bank wire, it’s especially helpful for those placing smaller orders.

Payment and orders are received and processed in Schmitt & Ongaro Marine’s US office. The Netherlands warehouse fulfills the order, cutting down on lead time and delivery cost.

Modern and efficient, the warehouse created a global standard for the company. Items that are not in stock, or custom-built by Schmitt & Ongaro Marine, are shipped from its US facility.

Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products manufactures innovative and superior quality marine steering wheels, horns, wiper systems, control arms and knobs, and boat accessories. It offers exceptional customer service and some of the strongest product warranties in the industry.

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

 

 

NEW SYNCHRONIZED WIPER CONTROLLER

SYNCHRONIZED CONTROLLER ENDS ANNOYING MISTIMED WIPER SWEEP

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Windshield wipers that sweep asynchronous can be annoying while keeping watch. Schmitt & Ongaro Marine provides mariners a distraction-free view of the seas ahead with its new Synchronized Wiper Controller.

The unit simultaneously controls one to three motors for synchronized sweep at slow, fast or intermittent speeds. Users can select to wipe all the windscreens together or just the helm station.

The provided rocker power switch also runs the wash system. If the controller is set at slow sweep, it will speed up the motors while washing.

The innovative controller draws a maximum of 5A and is available in 12V or 24V. Both slow and fast speed settings have their own circuit for efficient operation and maximum torque. If a motor becomes overloaded, the power will break automatically.

Like all products from Schmitt & Ongaro Marine, the Synchronized Wiper Controller is built to the highest standards to reliably perform in a marine environment. It comes with a three-year warranty and has an MSRP of $244.85.

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

 

Introducing our New 11″ Stainless Steel Destroyer Wheel with Control Knob

DESTROYER WHEEL MAKES TURNING EASY WITH CONTROL KNOB 

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For ease of maneuvering, nothing beats a wheel control knob, especially in wet weather or when one hand is needed for the throttle. Schmitt & Ongaro’s new 11″ Destroyer Wheel comes complete with this must-have feature.

Smaller in diameter than a standard wheel, it serves well in tight and restricted locations. Ideal for any boat, it’s perfect for center consoles, fly bridges, RIBs, runabouts, crabbers and skiffs. When mounted on a stern helm station, it makes backing down safe and easy.

Crafted of strong, superior-grade stainless steel, the six-spoked wheel is highly polished for a low-maintenance, mirror-like finish. It’s ideal for both salt and freshwater. Its ball bearing knob spins even in the most grueling environments. With its black center cap and control knob insert, the 11″ Destroyer Wheel’s rugged good looks enhance any boat décor.

Developed for both refit and OEM, the solidly-built 11″ Destroyer Wheel with control knob fits a 3/4″ tapered shaft for ease of installation and maximum rigidity. With a 10° dish, it provides plenty of offset from the dash.

MSRP for Schmitt & Ongaro Marine’s model 1531111K-H Destroyer Wheel with control knob is $241.80.

Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products is the industry’s foremost maker of innovative and exceptional quality marine steering wheels, horns, wiper systems, control arms and knobs, and accessories. Known for its superior customer service principles, the company offers some of the strongest product warranties in the industry.

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

 

FREE STAND LETS CUSTOMERS TAKE WHEEL FOR A TEST DRIVE

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       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.

Waterproof Wiper Motor Keeps Boats Weather-Ready

When the weather is less than ideal, having a reliable wiper motor can make all the difference. The new standard waterproof wiper motor from Schmitt & Ongaro is designed for reliable wiper operation at all times and in all conditions.

 

WP Standard Wiper Motor

Ideal for smaller boats, this durable single-speed motor combines the security of waterproof protection with excellent value. Like all Schmitt & Ongaro products, it’s been engineered to provide trouble-free service.

The Schmitt & Ongaro waterproof wiper motor features a 6.4 cm stainless steel shaft. Its aluminum housing ensures efficient heat dissipation and enhanced protection. CE-approved insulated grounding makes it suitable for use with steel, aluminum, wooden or GRP boats.

Exerting 5 N·m of torque, the 12V motor features an adjustable sweep angle of 80º to 110º **  and a self-parking gear to left or right. The unit accepts up to a 14 x 14 inch arm and blade. The wiper motor comes with a three-year warranty.

Carrying out a long tradition of providing high quality products and attentive customer service, Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products designs, develops and tests its products in the US.

Contact Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, 1001 Ranck Mill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602 USA. +1-717-431-2316; Fax: +1-717-431-2319. sales@schmittsteering.com. www.schmittongaromarine.com.

**This is a correction to the original press release.   The wiper sweep can be adjusted between 80 – 110 degrees.** 

 

IMPROVED HORNS STAY LOUD AND CLEAR EVEN WHEN WET

A loud, clear marine horn is an essential form of communication onboard. But rain, condensation, salt spray and other water sources can promote rust and mute its volume over time. To combat this problem, Schmitt & Ongaro has re-engineered its classic trumpet horn, creating a watertight instrument that shrugs off moisture.

One of the loudest on the market, with a rating of up to 125 db at 3′, this trumpet horn has always been a customer favorite. Now a small, unobtrusive draining feature makes it even better.

Accumulated water, whether from boat cleaning or wet conditions, drains through the hole. No matter how often the horn gets wet, it retains its original volume. The drain hole even allows the horn to be mounted at an upward- or downward-tilting angle without incurring water damage.

Constructed of 304 stainless steel, including the sealed sound unit, this horn is sleek and shiny. Both single and dual trumpet horn models are available in either 12 or 24 volt versions.

Schmitt & Ongaro offers a five-year warranty against rust on all its fully stainless steel horns. All meet ABYC A-23 for boats up to 39′ (single trumpet) and 65′ (dual trumpet). All horns come pre-wired and fit existing hole patterns. Retail prices for the stainless steel trumpet horns start at $120.

Contact Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, 1001 Ranck Mill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602. 866-724-6488; Fax: 866-329-7679.   Or contact sales@schmittsteering.com

 

 

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