Having been a “long time” boater from when my Dad had his 16 foot wooden Lyman moored at City Island In the Bronx, the fun of flounder fishing on Long Island Sound was great, (except for the day we almost got run over by the Fort Skyler Ferry in a fog). I was hooked on boating and almost always owned a boat.
About 25 years ago I was diagnosed with a neuro-muscular disease that made it hard for me to get on and off my boat, and as my condition worsened the thought of being out of boating was unacceptable, so I combined some engineering drafting skills with a need to find a way, and spent countless hours measuring and testing to develop a device that could hopefully solve my problem and perhaps those of others having similar problems. I then hired an engineer and take the project to the next level.
Having Safashor made in the USA was the goal, however after years of attempting to work with several US manufacturers, it became obvious that we weren’t big enough or important enough for them. With Going overseas now being the only possibility, we made the big trip to China and found a few willing manufacturers. After waiting more than two years for Prototypes we found that we could not get the quality that we wanted. Very disappointing!
Still believing in our product, we had these prototypes locally re-machined in Florida so that we could attend a major boating industry “trade only” products show to demonstrate our concept and to obtain feedback. The show resulted in our getting valuable input resulting in our making some important revisions.
With the help and expansion of our Florida machinist’s operation, and after 10 years, we’re bringing Safashor to market “Made in the USA”.
Having Grown up in the Bronx (and proud of it) I attended SUNY college and studied pre-engineering and drafting design but started a career on Wall Street. After the years of the commute getting old, I took advantage of an opportunity to Become a partner in a friend’s growing North Jersey contract flooring business where I later became a Director of both the Northern New Jersey and Rockland NY Builders Associations winning several achievements awards. After many years of being a flooring contractor/ retailer I later became a regional sales manager for a major flooring manufacturer.
My strong belief is that we should all be good stewards of our marine environment and the all-important eco system needed for its survival. Take advantage of joining an organization that supports these efforts to keep our waterways clean and healthy.
We are supporters of the “Marine Cleanup Initiative” and are members of The US Power Squadron, Boat US, and Friends of the Spoil Islands organizations. We promote boating as an activity that can include all ages and keep families together.
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