Sailing News

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 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.” To see the full line of Conant products, please visit