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On the job for nearly 50 years

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CMI’s basic coverage area extends from Branford to Stonington and Portland to the north, with 95 percent of its business in Essex, Westbrook and Old Saybrook, Chuck Lohrs says.

CMI’s basic coverage area extends from Branford to Stonington and Portland to the north, with 95 percent of its business in Essex, Westbrook and Old Saybrook, Chuck Lohrs says. “We work with pretty much all the yards and yacht brokerages in the area,” he says. The boats CMI works on might be 50 years old or new, Lohrs says, and range in size from about 20 to 50 feet with the occasional 75-footer.

“We do the wiring work as well as getting them any equipment they need for it,” Lohrs says of “resurrecting” older boats.

Walt Hubbard started CMI in the late 1950s, installing VHF radios, compasses, depth sounders, and doing a lot of boat wiring projects, Lohrs says.

Earl Simoneau, who had worked for Hubbard during high school, bought the company from his old boss and owned it for 20 years. Lohrs came on and worked for Simoneau for five years before buying CMI five years ago.

Simoneau still comes in two days a week to service all the electronics.

“I’ve got a great crew,” says Lohrs, 42. Three subcontractors, including Koller, join two full-time employees, Lucy Bakewell-Barnes and Carlo Frese.

CMI is a dealer for major electronics brands including Furuno, Raymarine, KVH, Northstar, ICOM, JRC, SeaTel, B&G and Simrad. Phone: (860) 767-8960. E-mail: cminstrument@aol.com