Gas Struts, Springs, and Components for the Marine Industry

Associated Spring RAYMOND supplies boat builders and marine equipment manufacturers. Our stainless steel offering (including 316SS) and coated steel products are employed in countless marine applications.

Marine Applications

Associated Spring RAYMOND understands the needs of independent boat builders and the marine industry’s unique production challenges. Our parts meet quality and corrosion resistance standards, so boaters enjoy more time on the water and less time buying or researching replacement parts.

As an end-to-end supplier to boat builders, AS RAYMOND has extensive expertise providing boat components including Gas Struts with corrosion resistance, Latches, HingesDecorative Hardware, Drawer Slides, and Brackets in addition to our patented Mechanical Struts.

Associated Spring RAYMOND partners with leading boat builders and marine groups to reduce lead times and dedicate stock to meet builders’ high-volume production demands.

Marine Industry Products

When installing products into a boat or yacht, one must consider moisture exposure and variable temperature conditions to ensure the product will perform accurately throughout the life of the boat.

In the event older boat parts need to be replaced, we work with distributors to supply consumers with replacement parts.


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A Complete Product Offering

As a perfect example of AS RAYMOND's services beyond parts, for higher volume production sportfishing boats, complete assortments for a specific boat model — including the Hinges, Gas Springs, and Latches — can all be supplied together, greatly simplifying material flow at the production facility. While Associated Spring RAYMOND offers standard products that suit the majority of applications, our customers utilize engineering services for custom solutions, whether it be an improved finish or a completely new design. Specialty hinges and struts are regularly designed, manufactured, and stocked for OEM partners. 

Product Features 

  • Nitride or 316 stainless steel constructions
  • Tested to meet the highest standard in cycle-life and durability
  • Salt spray 144-hour nitride and 500-hour stainless-steel certified
  • Finishing processes available for improved corrosion resistance
  • More than 12,000 standard pre-engineered Gas Struts available

Gas Struts with Corrosion Resistance 

Associated Spring RAYMOND engineers Gas Struts (or gas springs) that deliver optimal performance in aquatic environments and applications for the marine industry, including hatches, lids, access panels, lift assists, and counterbalances. Gas Struts can be used in marine applications such as live wells, bait wells, (fishing) rod lockers, and storage lockers.

Standard Gas Struts (formerly n-Struts®) are available in black nitride and 316 stainless steel, with a high-quality finish making them resistant to corrosion. AS RAYMOND Gas Struts are tested to the highest standards in cycle-life and durability, making them ideal for freshwater and saltwater marine applications. In addition to the standard line of Gas Struts, AS RAYMOND offers a variety of secondary processes, including polishing, to improve surface finish and meet the application's aesthetic and corrosion resistance requirements, as well as locking capabilities for nitride and stainless steel struts. With one of the largest portfolios of Gas Struts in the industry, engineers and product buyers may have difficulty filtering through the robust product offering to match the right Gas Strut to the boat's application. To make the configuration process easier, AS RAYMOND launched the Counterbalance Configurator Tool. The free and easy-to-use tool is specifically made to identify the handle load curve specific to each weight and counterbalance. No calculations are necessary.


Counterbalance Configurator Tool

Mechanical Struts

Associated Spring RAYMOND offers a complete line of Mechanical Struts (formerly m-Struts®). They are ideal for submerged applications and perform extremely well with exceptionally heavy loads. Within the strut, there is no gas to leak, which leads to exceptional longevity standards. As a premium product, the cost reflects the heavy-duty counterbalance requirements and durability demands. When the application is set to operate in a harsher environment, such as an engine hatch, Mechanical Struts are manufactured in appropriate grades of stainless steel, are the ideal choice, and offer unmatched performance. With its low maintenance, resistance to corrosion, and low risk of contamination to meet EPA regulations, Mechanical Struts are the ideal solution for boat builders. Their smooth, linear assistance in lifting heavy access covers and hatches, Mechanical Struts allow a single user to easily lift, lower, and access areas with confidence.


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In addition to Gas and Mechanical Struts, Associated Spring RAYMOND has extensive experience with marine-grade hardware for boat interiors and exteriors. AS RAYMOND's pre-engineered components include gas spring mounting brackets and hardware for boat hatches and hatch lids. For most Gas Struts, plastic end-fittings are standard, but boat builders can upgrade to a metal end fitting or even stainless steel. The end-fitting material options include 316 stainless steel, stainless steel, steel, aluminum, composite, or zinc alloy. We offer hinges, latches, locks, decorative hardware, and drawer slides for lid or compartment doors, engine hatch covers, and other marine storage. With stainless steel and special corrosion-resistant coating options, these catalog parts are great for freshwater and saltwater environments. To simplify material flow at your production facility, engineered hardware such as hinges and latches can be supplied with Gas Struts for a complete boat model kit. 


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Custom Capabilities for Boat Builders

Expedite the prototyping process and get boats into production faster with pre-engineered parts. For short orders and sampling, visit the product section to order parts online to test and prototype new products. Filter products and order parts from our website 24/7, 365 days per year.

UMMA Partnership

United Marine Manufacturer’s Association, Inc. we have successfully partnered with boat builders for nearly 20 years. Leverage the buying power of the UMMA partnership and have confidence in knowing AS RAYMOND has the parts you need. For UMMA members, after a boat is in production, there is no need to shop around for replacement parts. Stay in production with quality boat components as AS RAYMOND provides dedicated stocking services for catalog and custom parts. With the UMMA supplier collaboration, we offer personalized attention from a dedicated account representative. Our dedicated resources allow customers to have a personalized connection and help deliver products to your boat’s specifications on time.


Quality, reliability, and performance are the foundation that Associated Spring RAYMOND was built. Quality is the No. 1 priority at AS RAYMOND, and our quality policy and systems are structured with that in mind. Through third-party certifications that are kept up to date with regular audits from those parties and our customer's products can be trusted to be consistent and perform to customer expectations every time.

AS RAYMOND facilities are ISO/TS 16949, ISO9001, AS9100, or QS9000, certified. Striving to continuously improve quality through process and product, utilizing industry tools such as DFMEA (design failure mode effects analysis) and PFMEA (process failure mode effects analysis), products are trusted to perform to expectations when appropriately installed. For more information, see the quality page.

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