John Franta

Founder, Co-Owner & Lead Engineer

John provided the initial inspiration for starting Colligo Marine over a decade ago. With roots in the automotive engineering industry, John has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University and a Master's Degree from the University of Phoenix. He is the primary force in designing new technology that is revolutionizing the sailing industry.
As a business entrepreneur, John is responsible for all aspects of Colligo Marine, from product development through to customer service, but his real passion is product development.
John is also an avid sailor with a trimaran based in the Sea of Cortez and a Shock 35 race boat in Port San Luis in California near his home.  His boats are used both as a stress reliever and as test mules on all new Colligo Marine products.

Liz Karamavros


Liz telecommutes working on marketing sponsorships and products, managing social media, collaborating with customers and website editing.

She is from Litchfield County, CT. She started sailing dinghies at a sailing camp growing up, but it wasn't until she started listening to On the Wind that she realized her passion for sailing. She goes to The University of Connecticut majoring in Marine Science with an Evolutionary Ecology and Biology minor. She graduated in May of 2017.
Liz has acquired nearly 3,000 offshore miles and continues to travel and sail. She is also an aspiring racing sailor and is currently apprenticing as a rigger in Newport, RI. 


Andy Schell

Prototype Testing 

Andy's been a Colligo Dux convert since the early days, rigging his yawl Arcturus in 2009 with synthetics. He and his wife Mia Karlsson crossed the Atlantic in 2011 on Arcturus, making the first-ever ocean crossing of a monohull rigged with Dux. Andy & Mia wrote several articles for SAIL magazine about the trip and how the rigging performed.
Andy officially joined the Colligo team in summer 2015, redesigning the website and initially helping with marketing and promotion. Andy also is integral to testing our hardware in the field, sailing 3-4 months a year on his S&S Swan 48 IsbjornThrough Andy's own business at, he and Mia offer ocean passages to paying crew. 


Phil (left) & Manuel (right)


Manuel and Phil are technicians that are responsible for the assembly of furlers, standing rigging, ELHF systems, and torque lines, along with prototype building. They are the "behind the scenes" men that ensure Colligo Marine's products remain high quality, long lasting, and precision-made products.