Eric L. Eschen, the developer of Zepp Sticks, has gone to sea since he was 18, and has been a professional mariner for 45 years. He currently sails as Master of U.S. Flag Container Ship, APL Singapore and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The concept and development of Zepp Sticks was done on Zephyr the family’s J-40 Sailboat. The large mainsail of the J-40 and sometimes shorthanded crewing of the boat provided the impetus to develop a better method of handling the furling and folding of the mainsail.

Trying different mainsail furling systems on the sailboat led to the development of Zepp Sticks, a system that is inexpensive, simple to install, and easy to use. Zepp Sticks do not compromise or interfere with the design or use of the mainsail.

The current model of Zepp Sticks has been in use for over 2 years on the family sailboat while sailing on San Francisco Bay.