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Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, manufacturer of premium marine steering wheels, wipers, horns and related accessories for OEM and aftermarket, has posted year-over-year double-digit sales growth for its European warehouse. The growth is attributed to increased volume through distribution and the expansion of strategic OEM partnerships. Tim Schmitt, president, made the announcement.

Established in 2013, the warehouse in Dronten, the Netherlands enables Schmitt & Ongaro to respond to European customer needs quicker and at lower shipping costs than if coming from the US, especially on smaller orders. This has been particularly advantageous the past two years in combatting logistics backlogs the industry has seen. Additionally, the centralized location provides its rep group International Manufacturers Direct Sales the opportunity to promote products to its OEM customers that are seen regularly on iconic North American boat brands.

“Our brand promise of quality, innovation and value has really resonated within the European market,” said Watson “Roby” Holland, VP of sales and marketing. “These standards of excellence are something that boatbuilders can relate to as they choose premium components for their vessels.” OEMs and distributors interested in Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products, including its CE-certified items, should contact sales@schmittsteering.com.


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.





Few components on a boat are touched as frequently as its steering wheel. That’s why Schmitt & Ongaro Marine designed Primus, its new cast stainless steel steering wheel, to deliver maximum ergonomic all-day comfort and engineered it for long-lasting, uncompromising durability. The visually striking wheel complements any helm and comes with a lifetime warranty.

The Primus is manufactured using a unified investment casting, including the integrated ring, for massive strength. NMMA type-accepted and CE certified, it’s so strong, it greatly exceeds ABYC P-22 and ISO 8848 standards. Polished to a mirror-like finish, the 316L stainless steel provides superior corrosion resistance and has minimal maintenance needs. Satin-finish and powder-coated versions will be available in the future.

Available in 13.5″ and 15.5″ diameters, the rim is slightly thicker than most other wheels. At 1–1/8″, the larger size lessens the hand fatigue that’s common with thinner styles.

UV-resistant black Santoprene™ rubber provides all-weather control and comfort, and a dramatic counterpoint to the gleaming stainless steel. Underneath, finger grips deliver a sure, solid grip. It extends through the top of the rim, providing additional gripping surface. The contiguous piece of Santoprene also extends slightly under the spoke junction for a smooth, ergonomic fit. The result is an attractive wheel that matches any helm décor.

The Primus is available in three spoke configurations: slotted with decorative Santoprene inserts, open slots or solid. Edges have a slight radius for comfort, without sacrificing its markedly defined appearance.

The optional stainless steel Control Knob is large and comfortable. It’s installed on a spoke, 3/4″ from the rim edge, to ensure it won’t interfere with any controls or the driver’s helm space. The installation has no visible protruding fasteners to catch clothing or hinder the smooth tactile experience. Schmitt designed the knob with glass ball bearings to eliminate corrosion and provide a lifetime of free-spinning.

The Primus incorporates the industry standard 3/4″ tapered hub. The durable stainless steel center nut works with all steering systems, with optional styles available.

OEMs appreciate the wide range of available options. Custom Santoprene colors are available in quantity, and the knob and center nut can be engraved with a corporate logo or model designation.

Ideal for center consoles, fly bridges, tower helms, RIBs and flats boats, the Primus is available for model year 2019, starting in May 2018. The 13.5″ model has an MSRP starting at $573.95 and the 15.5″, $633.95.

Schmitt & Ongaro Marine manufactures superior quality steering wheels, horns, control arms and knobs, wipers and other high-quality components for recreational and commercial vessels. Known for its superior customer service, 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.


Stainless Wheels Set Standard for Quality and Value


             A vessel’s steering wheel is likely the most handled equipment aboard. The new stainless steel Vision FX and Vision Elite wheels from Schmitt & Ongaro draw the eye as well. They offer all the beauty, craftsmanship and value expected from one of the industry’s pre-eminent makers of fine marine steering wheels.

Schmitt & Ongaro sets the industry standard for saltwater cast wheels. An optimized manufacturing method makes the new Vision models significantly lighter, which allows Schmitt to provide even greater value to the customer, while still maintaining the high polish, strength and precision performance afforded by a premium wheel.

The classic three-spoke design has patented finger grips to ensure a comfortable grip and excellent handling power. Solid marine-grade 316 stainless steel Vision wheels carry a lifetime anti-corrosion warranty.

The Vision FX wheel features precision-machined flange bearings, and is available both with and without a standard capped control knob. For the ultimate in durability and sleek good looks, the Vision Elite model comes equipped with an all-stainless steel control knob, fitted with glass ball bearings for smooth spinning action.

As with all Schmitt & Ongaro wheels, the smooth knobs have no exposed locknuts, bands or bolts to catch on sleeves. Their position on a spoke rather than the rim promotes ergonomic ease while permitting maximum helm clearance. Both Vision FX and Vision Elite models come in 34 cm or 39 cm diameters.

These new products will be on display at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) from November 19-21 in booth 02.216 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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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.