Edson Marine: old school, new school

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

7 Responses

  1. I had a pleasant experience with Edson in 1982. My 1976 Fuji 32 came with a worm-screw steerer that I thought was an Edson. It needed repair due to worn bushings on the worm screw. I boxed it up and sent it to Edson. Received a fax (no email then) that said to the effect .. ‘Sorry but we didn’t make this one. It’s about a 75% sized knock off of one we shipped to Fuji Yachts back in the early 70’s’. They took pity on me and sold me their smallest one at cost. It has been bullet-proof to this day! Thank you EDSON!!

  2. Max Parker says:

    I’ve had more positive experiences than I can count with Edson. They are extremely helpful and knowledgeable and their gear is top-notch. The company is a real pleasure to deal with.

  3. Drill press? Looks more like a milling machine to me..:-)
    Edson has always been a class act in my experience – they’ve chosen their position and won’t cut corners. They even took time to help me resolve issues with my (non-Edson) steering system last year – I ended up buying Edson components to fix my T48, but they didn’t insist on it.

  4. Mark says:

    Yep, that’s a big, old radial arm drill press.

  5. Michael says:

    I’ve put Edson gear into several boats we built and never had any problems. There are other manufacturers I would not say that about.
    On the other point, I have several old marine catalogues from when I started out that would make you cry to read them — the disappearance of interesting parts and whole lines is that sad.

  6. Tom Wynne says:

    What a great picture of Hank and Will. As I look back, I am proud to say I was once part of this great organization.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Man, I’d be proud too. Edson was chosen by top Euro team to supply steering system for “the beast”:

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