The name Winslow has been synonymous with high quality liferafts for over eighty years. Founded in 1941 as the New York Rubber Company, the company constructed liferafts 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 liferafts available to the private sector.
In 1989, Winslow was acquired by Fred Shoaff, a serious offshore racer and
enthusiast. Shoaff knew from his years at sea that the Achilles’ heel of even
the best available liferafts was weight and manageability. The goal became to
design and produce a liferaft 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 product 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.
By the early 1990s, Winslow’s extraordinary Super-Light marine liferafts were
attracting the attention of pilots who were also sailors. These liferafts were
far superior to anything available to the general aviation community. Pilots
approached Winslow about using the liferafts in their corporate jets. In 1994
Winslow’s aviation version of its offshore marine liferaft received top honors
in an independent review of aviation liferafts conducted byThe Aviation
Consumer. Resulting demand encouraged the company to secure FAA TSO approval for
the liferaft and to expand the aviation line.
Continuous product development has refined and broadened our offerings. Today
Winslow manufactures a wide range of award-winning aviation and marine liferafts.
No matter your needs, Winslow has the liferaft for you. These liferafts are used
by world renowned sailing competitors, power boaters, many government agencies
and Fortune 500 companies. Winslow LifeRafts are standard equipment on many
yachts and corporate aircraft. Isn’t your life worth a Winslow?