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Neil Rohan's Story (everyone's got one)

Neil was literally born into the boating business. His parents George and Shirley Rohan started South Bridge Boat House in Concord, Massachusetts in 1949. Their first house was on the boat house property which was Neil's first home. The family still owns and operates South Bridge Boat House. While Neil was growing up, South Bridge Boat House was one of the largest Mercury dealers in the Northeast along with the largest Grumman Canoe dealer in the US. Located on the picturesque Sudbury River just south of the "Old North Bridge" of Revolutionary War fame, they sold Mercury engines, countless lines of boats, marine gear, canoes, kayaks and operated a marine engine repair shop along with having a rental fleet of over 100 canoes and kayaks. These days the focus of South Bridge Boat House is the rentals of canoes and kayaks along with sales of canoes, kayaks and related merchandise.

Growing up in the seasonal boat business of New England, Neil was at the boathouse during the busy summer months. To earn money while in high school you could find him repairing engines and boats in the repair shop or helping customers on the docks or in the showroom. After high school Neil attended Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York earning a degree in mechanical engineering with his sights set on working for Mercury Marine. He accomplished that goal and started work at Mercury Marine in 1976 as a R & D engineer at plant 6. In 1980 he moved back to Concord to help with the family business and in 1985 started working for Boston Whaler as a R & D engineer. When Boston Whaler started the factory in Edgewater, FL in 1987 Neil moved with them. Wanting to further his education he earned a Master of Science – Ocean Engineering – Marine Composites from Florida Institute of Technology in 1993. He left Whaler to start-up Compsys and develop the composite stringer business. In 2001 he started Creative Foam Products (CFP) that today builds custom molded Polyurethane foam stringer systems and other foam products for the OEM recreational marine boat builder . With a passion for composite innovation and to full-fill his lifelong dream of building boats Neil jumped at the chance to purchase the "Day Five" molds from Richard Galbreath (who he knew from his Boston Whaler days) in 2004. Then "The Great Recession of 2007" hit delaying the start of boat building project. In 2009 Neil was ready to start the endeavor. In Neil's words " the boat just needs to be built and on the water". The name of the boat was changed to RiversEdge and was chosen to reflect not only where the boat could fish but also to give a nod to the location of the factory.

RiversEdge Boats
200 Dale Street • Edgewater, FL • 386-235-5343 • riversedgeboats@gmail.com

 

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