"We understand the demands and needs of the boating industry because we are boaters."
- Matt Bridgewater, President and CEO
The World’s Leading Stainless Steel Marine Hardware Supplier.
Family owned and operated since 1980, GEMLUX has set itself above the rest to exceed requirements for the highest quality and most innovative marine hardware in the world. We exert all efforts to offer products that are easy to install, solve technical difficulties, and deliver on time. GEM prides ourselves on being a relevant resource that builders can rely upon to create, manufacture, and deliver products that truly make boating better.
GEM Products Inc. was founded in 1961 by Carroll Godwin and James Metcalf, two marine industry sales representatives. The “GEM” name was established by inserting an “e” between the initials of their last names. We moved into our new building in 2018, located in Jacksonville, Floirda.
Erle Bridgewater bought GEM products as an investment opportunity back in 1980. His son, Matt Bridgewater (the current CEO), was a fishing fanatic and grew up visiting his Dad at the office and enjoyed learning about what they were working on.
In 1996 Matt Bridgewater came to work for GEM after Erle told him he was going to move on to other opportunities. He had one year to turn it around, and he did just that and a lot more. Matt turned the focus on building relationships with the boat builders and our suppliers. He wanted to solve their problems with high-quality hardware that would last a lifetime.
In 1998 the scientist on staff created the GEMLUX® Process, which involves direct precipitation to the cathode of the iron removed from the surface of the stainless steel workpiece. This greatly simplifies the maintenance of a constant acid solution and results in a superior finish. The GEMLUX® chrome to iron ratio exceeds previously attainable levels. The term “GEMLUX” was created by Erle Bridgewater.
The current version of our first pull-up cleat we developed in 1999. Our first pull-up cleat including a patentable tapered leg feature; the vented fuel fill (patent pending) with features making it more resistant to water intrusion, the first of its kind.
GEM invented the steering wheel with the first cast hub in the market. That has now become standard in the industry.
GEM Bluewater Rod Holders have become the industry standard for offshore fishing boats. They are engineered with fisherman in mind. This patented rod holder features a screw-less installation making it very appealing on the gunnel of your boat.
We designed the friction hinge after seeing a much-needed market for a hinge that held up your hatch lids. Which eliminated the need for gas shocks or hatch springs. All while providing a safer environment on your boat.
We introduced our Stainless Steel Slam Latch with a beveled-edge which sets us apart from the industry standard, giving an even more improved finish.
Our patented Outrigger Base has changed the way center consoles are able to fish; while adding some much-needed safety features. The strength of our GEMLUX Outrigger Base allows any style of fishing to be done without worrying about component wear and failure. Our patented one handle operation allows almost unlimited adjustability from underneath the T-Top. No more climbing on the gunnel or T-Top to adjust the height or angle of your outrigger. This is a game changer for the center console market.