Marine antenna company Shakespeare, is enjoying international success with its latest inflatable unit, designed in tandem with marine safety manufacturer, SeaSafe.
Since its launch in November, the Galaxy Infl8 emergency antenna has received almost 3,000 orders worth £400k (2,000 of them in the US) and won a host of awards including the DAME Award for Safety.
Recognising that particular expertise was needed to create the desired inflatable antenna, Shakespeare approached SeaSafe on the Isle of Wight.
“We are grateful to Jeremy Dale and the team on the Isle of Wight for not only their willingness to take on the project with Shakespeare, but also their interactive feedback in helping us create the final product,” Dave Manasseh, Shakespeare’s European Sales Manager said.
“Working together, we have achieved a truly great product that will improve safety at sea in the future, along with many other possible markets.”
The product is fully designed and manufactured in the UK, with the bladder coming from SeaSafe to Shakespeare’s factory in Fleetwood for final assembly and packing, ready for customers around the world. SeaSafe sources its materials from the UK wherever possible.
Along with the DAME award, the Infl8 has also won the Pitman Award for Safety, the Miami Boat Show Award for safety innovation, and the HISWA water sports innovative product of the year 2019.
Interest has been particularly strong in the US where retailing giant West Marine made the unit a focal point of its booth at the Miami International Boat Show.