My name is Sam Peters and I’m the founder and president of Release Marine. I’d like to tell you about ourselves—where we came from and also where we’re going—because I think it will give you a better insight into both who we are and how we do business.
Release Marine was founded on the concepts of quality, innovation, passion, integrity and a commitment to the finest in customer satisfaction over three decades ago. And those commitments run just as deep today.
My family’s primary business was Custom Millwork and Doors in Savannah, Georgia, where my father John A. Peters Jr. specialized in historically accurate reproductions in the revitalization of downtown Savannah in the 1970s. And we also shared a passion for offshore fishing. Unfortunately, the fighting chairs of the time just weren’t up to my father’s standards so we took it upon ourselves to build our own, bringing with us a sense of quality and durability in our chairs. Soon, Release Marine was off and running—we were now building fighting chairs and other accessories for the marine industry.
In the mid-1990s, a heavy-tackle fishery for big bluefin tuna erupted off the coast of North Carolina, and Release Marine was there. We had developed a great network of the area’s finest captains, boatbuilders and crews for feedback so the Outer Banks region literally became the R&D proving ground for our company. If a new design worked well then it went directly into development; if not, it was immediately rejected. We soon became the preferred chair for many of the area’s custom boatbuilders. Release Marine may have been born in Savannah but as a company we were raised off Hatteras and Oregon Inlet.
Because of our forward-thinking commitment to research and development, Release Marine remains on the cutting edge of design. If it’s cool and functional, we probably came up with it first. From concepts like our No-Bolt Chair Pedestal and No-Bolt Rod Holders that attach from below to eliminate the bolt heads to our Trillion Series of contoured fighting chairs and revolutionary new Battle Saddle, Release has always been on the forefront of the industry. And we’re not slowing down any time soon.
Release Marine is also passionate about sportfishing. Many of our employees including myself are avid anglers with hundreds of tournaments under our collective belts. We understand what it’s like to be on the water at sunrise, heading for the inlet and the promise of a great day offshore. That’s what keeps us moving at Release. It’s a passion for the sport and also for creating the best the industry has to offer. That passion is one reason that Jonathan Guarisco recently joined Release Marine as a new partner. In addition to offering some great new insights and ideas, Jonathan is also a tremendous catalyst to take the company to the next level. Our vice president, Matt Hecht, continues to keep things running smoothly and also brings with him a wealth of knowledge and energy to the position.
Something you may not know: Release Marine also does custom tables and marine-styled furnishings like bars and barstools, front doors and other signature pieces. If it’s made of wood, we can probably do it. So if you see something you like then let us know and we’ll see what we can do for you.
Release Marine has also developed a signature line of clothing too. It all started with our plain white cotton t-shirts that our staff wore around the shop and on the docks. Our customers wanted us to send them a few shirts too and before long, one thing led to another—we now have a complete lineup of Release Marine sportswear for men, women and kids.
So where do we go from here? Our business continues to evolve just as fast as emerging technology will allow. We currently have 2D modeling capability, where we can show potential clients exactly what a Release chair or table will look like in the cockpit of their boat, and it seems that 3D modeling is right around the corner. We refuse to sit on our laurels as others pass us by—our corporate motto is “Always Lead, Never Follow.” Release Marine will remain on the cutting edge of technology and innovation.
I invite you to browse our website, take a look at our products and let us know what you think. We look forward to working with you soon.
Take Care and Tight Lines,
THE RELEASE MARINE GUARANTEE
We are so confident in our product that if you buy any Release Marine chair, use it for twelve months, and at the end of that time you're not convinced that you have purchased the finest marine chair that money can buy, we will refund the purchase price plus $100, and we’ll install any brand new chair that you feel is of superior quality on your boat.
There is no guarantee like this anywhere in the marine industry. But then again, there is no chair like a Release Marine chair.