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Semi-custom steering wheels deliver OEM flexibility

by Martin Flory Group on 10 Oct
(From left) Schmitt & Ongaro Marine's 05 Torcello, Torcello Black, Torcello Lite and Burano Martin Flory Group
One of the first things consumers do when considering a new boat is sit at the helm and grab the steering wheel. It's often the first thoughtful appraisal of a vessel's quality and individuality. The Schmitt & Ongaro line of polyurethane wheels by STELLA includes the Torcello and Burano that offer OEMs full customization with fast turnaround times and the ability to offer a premium wheel, while maintaining control over its final cost.

Few marine steering wheels are as customizable as Schmitt & Ongaro's premium 356mm polyurethane Torcello, whether it's the basic 03, 04 or highly-ornamented 05 series. It delivers the solid, ergonomic hand feel of a luxury automobile. A choice of decorative trim inserts; black, brushed or polished spokes; and selection of center caps delivers a wide range of possibilities. Add the ability to custom color match with chrome, paint or hydrographic printing, and the Torcello becomes as unique as the boat.

The 360mm Burano wheel brings a bold look to any helm station. Boasting a rugged stainless steel frame, the all-weather polyurethane grip has the look and feel of hand-stitched leather. Its striking tubular spokes are offset by burl wood-like accents and a distinctive center cap. Easily customizable, major elements can be chromed, painted or hydrographic printed to match any boat décor.

Schmitt & Ongaro does its final assembly in-house, so turnaround times are reduced—as is shipping. Because the wheels are offered with such a wide array of options, costs can be dialed-in to match the boat's price point. They're available with 19mm tapered or splined hubs, making integration into an existing model straightforward. Whether it's an entry-level runabout, wakeboard/ski boat, premium pontoon, or high-end center console, the Torcello and Burano steering wheels are sure to enhance any boat.

Contact Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products via Fax: +1-717-431-2319, Email sales@schmittsteering.com or visit website.

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