Beckson Marine is celebrating its 60th anniversary reflecting on materials it has brought to the marine industry that are now commonplace — such as thermoplastics, PVC, Teflon and polypropylene.
In 1955, the first Beckson Thirsty-Mate pump was manufactured. The design of what was one of the first fully thermoplastic machines is still used by boaters today.
Consumer demand propelled the development of other Beckson products, such as utility pumps, cruiser pumps, flexible hoses and a boat hook during the remainder of the 1950s.
In the 1960s, Beckson continued the expansion of its line with the introduction of clips, vents and rod storage tubes. By the ‘70s, plastic was recognized as state of the art because it eliminated electrolysis, corrosion, lubrication, maintenance and annual repainting problems.
The company introduced a pop-out deck plate that didn't need a spanner wrench, as well as a watertight, screw-out, self-centering deck plate. In 1974, the company moved to its current Bridgeport, Conn., location. By 1979, as the company expanded into other markets, it incorporated as Beckson Marine with Bob Beckerer as president.
During the next four decades, Beckson increased its pump lines and created a broader range of patented products, including watertight hatches, opening ports, soft cowl vents, deck plates with storage bags and the Vent-o-Mate exhaust ventilator.
Beckerer recently was named CEO and Steve Anschutz took the reins of the company.
Beckson holds more than two dozen patents and carries over 900 products, including utility and cruiser pumps, hoses, hooks, clips, hatches, vents, port lights and deck plates.