Life Raft and Dinghy Sales & Service - Avalon Rafts
Life Raft and Dinghy Sales & Service

Since 1981

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Avalon Rafts - Testimonials

Here is a small sampling of the many positive testimonials Avalon Rafts has received over the years. We invite you to read them and also share with us your positive experience with Avalon Rafts. We look forward to posting your comments.

Richard and David Costello
Avalon Rafts
218 N. Marine Avenue
Wilmington, California 90744-5725

Dear Messrs. Castello:

On behalf of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Region, I would like to
extend our deepest gratitude for the help you provided during the August and September 2008
Observer Training courses. We would like to thank you for the use of the raft and all the other
services you do for us via Frank Orth and Associates. It is through kind organizations like yours
that allow our program to run smoother while giving the observers more hands-on experience.

Thank you again for all your help and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Mark Helvey
Assistant Regional Administrator
For Sustainable Fisheries Division

Avalon Raft Sales & Service, Inc.
Dear Management,

We are sending you this letter to say thank you. We recently were referred to you from Revere Supply Company. It is so refreshing to get such efficient service. We talked with your employee, David Costello and we feel like we have gained a good friend. He was so helpful and very responsive to our needs. So many times management never gets the word about good service from their employees. Keep up the good work and have a great day.

Jim & Julie Focha
SV/ Worldwind

Richard J. Costello, President
Avalon Rafis Sales & Service, Inc.
218 N. Marine Avenue
Wilmington, CA 90744

Dear Mr. Costello:
Thank you for writing to express your support for Sections 307 and 314 of
H.R.283O, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of2007. I appreciate hearing from you on
this matter.

As you noted, Section 307 would improve commercial fishing vessel safety by
updating operation and training requirements and establishing new regulations to ensure
that vessels are seaworthy and adequate equipped. Section 314 would raise standards for
survival craft so such craft must ensure that no part of an individual is immersed in water.

On April 24, 2008, the House of Representatives passed H.R.2830 by a vote of
395 to 7 with Sections 307 and 314 included. As the Senate moves forward with Coast
Guard reauthorization, be assured that I will make vessel safety standards a top priority.

Again, thank you for writing to me.. Please feel free to contact me again about
this or other issues of concern to you.

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Subj: Our raft and presenting at our Yacht Club

We own a Kelly-Peterson 44 Cutter and about 3 and a half years ago, we purchased of your 6-person offshore plus rafts with a few optional upgrades (boarding platform, pelican pac, stainless cradle, tripod arch and inflatable floor).

Our raft lives on deck, just aft of our center cockpit (thru-bolted onto our aft cabin hatch). We brought it into Avalon Rafts in Wilmington today for servicing (it expired November 2007) and they spent a couple of hours with us inflating the raft (hopefully the only time we'll actually ever see it is for servicing) and going over every single feature, as well as every item in the Emergency Pack. We were absolutely impressed with the cleanliness of the facility, the professionalism and helpfulness of Michael and David and their knowledge of marine safety and Winslow Rafts. They are a credit to your company and we have copied them on this email. We took quite a few digital photographs of the process and plan to use them for our orientation talks when new people come sailing with us as crew (we will be competing in the Marina del Rey-Puerto Vallarta Race in January 2009).

This brings me to a request for your help/support - we're members of the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey
(the sponsoring club for the race). Every month, our 'Sea Ventures'' group within the club meets to go over
specific topics of interest to our members. When we spoke with the person in charge of scheduling the
presentations and told him of our experiences today, he asked us to present to the group at their next meeting on
September 16th, since many members have thought about putting life rafts aboard. Do you have any
Literature/price Lists or materials you could share with us for the presentation? (we usually have about 30 members
at the meetings). We will be showing our digital slides and talking about rafts in general and Winslow Rafts in

Once again - thank you for a well built and excellent product that we hope never to use, and a re-packing facility
that makes the servicing process not only painless but educational.

All the best,
Bill Tarr
S/V Rhiannon

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you for a custom solution to all your marine safety needs.

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Avalon Rafts Sales & Service Inc.
218 Marine Ave.
Wilmington, California 90744
Los Angeles / Long Beach Ports
(310) 549-9665 24 hr
(310) 549-4824 fax
Open M-F 8AM-5PM

Avalon Rafts South
Avalon Rafts South LLC
1725 Harding Ave
National City CA 91950
619 587-1953
Open M-F 8AM-5PM