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.


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

Alicia is from Milford, Connecticut. She recently just graduated from Quinnipiac University with her masters in May 2017. Her interest in sailing began about 9 years ago when her friend, Liz Karamavros, took her to the lake to sail dinghies. Alicia is an aspiring sailor and traveler.


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. 



Our Technicians 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.

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ALI Young

Shop manager

Ali helps with the Colligo Marine shop. She does customer orders, machining custom parts, prototyping, and some splicing.

Ali grew up sailing and living on sailboats. Currently, she and her boyfriend sail and live on a home built Kurt Hughes 42’ catamaran based out of Port San Luis, CA.