John Franta

Co-Owner, Founder & 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 technical background and is the primary force in designing new technology that is revolutionizing the sailboat rigging industry.

As a small-business entrepreneur, John is responsible for all aspects of Colligo Marine, from product development through to customer service, but his real passion is invention.

John is also an avid multihull sailor with a trimaran based in the Sea of Cortez. His boat is used as the test mule on all new Colligo Marine products.

Joe Franta

Shop Manager

Joe is John Franta's nephew and the brawn behind Colligo Marine's products. As Shop Manager, Joe is responsible for building the rig's of our customer's boats and is an expert at using synthetic rigging products.   Joe also is our custom product in house fabrication Guru.

Andy Schell

Prototype Testing & Marketing

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 this here website and 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.