When Bob and Jo Hamilton started Standout Yacht Fittings in 1980 in Washington, it was because the marketplace didn’t offer what they wanted for their own sailboat.
Jo continued the company after her husband died, but she turns 82 this year and has sold the company to Mark and Misty McColgan.
“We are already improving the systems and modernizing to improve our turnaround time and eventually want to expand the product line,” Mark McColgan said in a statement.
Asked what makes Standout Yacht Fittings stand out, Misty McColgan said: “Each item is custom-made in any Sunbrella fabric the customer wants. That surprises most of our customers, as they expect to have to pay more for any color that isn’t blue.”
New owners mean new ideas.
“Of course we plan to keep the proven winners: Backsider lifeline cushions, Lifesling covers, Winch covers, Grab rail covers and the like,” the McColgans said. “We are also excited to see what new products we can develop, what other needs can we meet?”