The Story of WINSLOW™ LifeRaft Company

The name WINSLOW has been synonymous with high quality life rafts for sixty years. Founded in 1941 as the New York Rubber Company in upstate New York, the company constructed life rafts for the Allied Forces. After World War II, the company moved its operation to Sarasota, Florida, and was acquired by John C. WINSLOW, who then produced the first marine and aviation life rafts available to the private sector. In the 1970s, during the last years of John WINSLOW's life and after his death, the company and its products suffered from benign neglect.

In 1989 WINSLOW was acquired by Fred Shoaff, a serious one design and offshore racer and a Bertram enthusiast. Shoaff's goal was to resurrect the company to its former glory as an industry leader by building a better life raft.

Shoaff knew from his years at sea that the Achilles' heel of even the best available life rafts was weight and manageability. Capable life rafts simply weighed too much to be easily handled in an extreme emergency. From Shoaff's understanding of this critical flaw was born the concept of a life raft second to none in strength, durability and seaworthiness, yet extremely light and very compact.

The extraordinary result was the innovative WINSLOW Super-Light, a superior design engineered for survival in extremes, but so light that almost anyone, including women and children, can lift and deploy it at the most optimal launching point, thereby improving the odds if it's needed to save lives. The only resemblance between the state-of-the-art WINSLOW rafts of today and those of the 1970s is the name.

By the early 1990s WINSLOW's extraordinary Super-Light marine life rafts were attracting the attention of pilots who were also sailors. These life rafts were far superior to anything available to the general aviation community. Pilots approached Shoaff about using the WINSLOW™ life rafts in their corporate jets. In 1994 WINSLOW's aviation version of its offshore marine life raft received top honors in an independent review of aviation life rafts conducted by The Aviation Consumer. Resulting demand encouraged Shoaff to secure FAA TSO approval for the life raft and to expand the aviation line.

Today WINSLOW manufactures a wide range of award-winning aviation and marine life rafts. No matter your needs, WINSLOW has the life raft for you. These life rafts are used by world renowned sailing competitors and powerboaters, many goverenment agencies and Fortune 500 companies, and are standard equipment on many yachts and corporate aircaft, all of whom could select any life raft they wanted. Isn't your life worth a WINSLOW?

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