Crow’s Nest Yachts Expands into New Oakdale Location
A well-known destination for sailors
between Duluth and Chicago is moving into new, expanded headquarters
this May. After over 30 years as the “Yacht Dealer of Woodbury,” CROW’S
NEST YACHTS is moving across the highway to the northeast corner of highways
494/694 and 94 at the former Oakdale location of Marine Max.
In spite of a slow economy, this was a “once in a lifetime opportunity”
according to Crow’s Nest Yachts principal; Reeve Hutchinson. Relocating a
market landmark is risky business, however Hutchinson points out that this
move “will vastly improve our ability to market brokered and new boats”. The
outdoor display area will be “three times larger, twice as visible from both freeway
systems, and fully illuminated and paved”. “Given our snowy winters, we
also looked for a way to improve how we displayed boats inside”. With more
than double the size of the previous building, there will be an ongoing boat
show inside with a showroom capable of displaying up to 6 large cruising sailboats.
The expanded location will also cater to those not necessarily in the market
for a cruising sail boat, but may be in the market to learn more about the cruising
lifestyle. “Whether you want to become a cruising sailor, or maybe become a better
cruising sailor,” Hutchinson described a dedicated seminar area with electronic presentation
technologies and an extensive periodical library to support all levels of cruisers.
Crow’s Nest Yachts is a member of the Yacht Brokers Association of
America and is the largest stocking dealer of new cruising sailboats in the
Midwest. An open house is planned to coincide with national Summer SAILSTICE
for Saturday, June 20th. Details will be announced on their website:
Weems & Plath Acquires Outdoor Weather Instrument Company
Weems & Plath announces the addition of Conant Custom Brass
outdoor weather instruments to their family of high quality nautical products.
CCB has a 30 year history of manufacturing traditional weather products for the home and
office. Using the best materials available, these products designed and crafted by
Conant Custom Brass, combine traditional elegance with accuracy for a great
value. “The addition of these outdoor weather products to our existing line will
be a benefit to all our customers and will also expose CCB customers to Weems & Plath’s
full line of nautical instruments and lamps that they may not have seen before,” says Peter Trogdon, President of Weems & Plath, Inc.
Conant Custom Brass’ innovative weather instruments include a full line
of attractive brass thermometers, rain gauges and other outdoor products that
will complement the marine instruments that Weems & Plath, now 80 years old,
is well known for. Weems & Plath will continue CCB sales and fulfillment activities
in Burlington, Vermont.
“The values of quality, service and innovation are the common cornerstones
of both companies,” says Trogdon. Steve Conant agrees; “I am so pleased with
this arrangement. Weems and Plath is a world-class organization, and their strength
and stewardship will assure that the Conant Custom Brass brand maintains its lead
in today’s marketplace. Global sourcing capacity, efficient delivery systems and a
strong commitment to quality & customer service will provide the brand with great
opportunities for growth. I look forward to providing Weems and Plath with design and
product development services for years to come.”
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