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Hello, 

Elias Ruiz here, I am a veteran of the US Navy, a middle school math and science teacher, an entrepreneur, and an avid outdoors-man. I have been experimenting with raft designs since 2008. The first raft I had ever created was made of two liter bottles. It was designed so I could carry it by myself, bow-fish, fish, and hunt from it. I finally designed something that I thought I could bring to the market so I filed for the patent and registered a couple trademarks. One trademark for the company name, and one for our first product. Currently, the Feather-Raft is patent pending and my idea is gaining attention. 

The Feather-Raft is an easy way to enjoy your time on the water. I use my raft for fishing, hunting, bow-fishing, and just for fun. The Feather-Raft weighs about 60 pounds yet it's able to keep more than 600 pounds afloat. I am able to carry my raft with one arm hence the name "Feather-Raft": It's light as a feather. This is NOT an inflatable raft and it's built to last using corrosion resistant materials. I have been using one of my prototype feather-rafts since early 2011 and it's still in great working condition. 

Google "Feather-Raft" or check it out on YouTube channel: Coalface173 playlist: "Feather-Raft."Feel free to contact me with your questions or to request more information. You may also friend request me on Facebook search for "Feather Raft" there is a Feather-Raft page, group, and persona. Additionally, there is a Coalface Creations, LLC Facebook page where we plan to feature future products.

Compared to a kayak or canoe, the Feather-Raft is very light, stable, and buoyant. I stand on my raft most of the time since I have a difficult time sitting for long periods of time. With the standard Feather-Raft, you will have about 32 square ft of surface area to carry your gear (fishing poles, firearms, archery equipment, ice chest....). There are 4 fishing pole holder receivers, 4 rope cleats, and a safety line with a quick tightener to secure your seat/s and gear to the raft. The standard size Feather-Raft is 4ft x 8ft x 6in. Optional items include a paddle, a padded swivel seat bucket, and a removable motor mount. I will deliver the raft if needed, California only, at $0.40 per mile (the first 10 miles are free). I can also arrange for freight shipping for long distances from the 95326 area code. Also search Sears.com and Amazon.com for more shipping options. 

News

  • Local teacher hopes to see invention hit the shelves

http://www.turlockjournal.com/section/12/article/34257/

  • Elias Ruiz: Teacher, Inventor, Outdoorsmam

http://www.209magazine.com/elias-ruiz-teacher-inventor-outdoorsman/

  • Video:​​ Volunteers work to rid Tuolumne River of hyacinth overgrowth

http://www.kcra.com/news/volunteers-work-to-rid-tuolumne-river-of-hyacinth-overgrowth/32788554

  • Local teacher works to combat hyacinth problem in Tuolumne River

http://www.turlockjournal.com/archives/29218/

  • ​​Eight move on in business start-up contest

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/article15415268.html

  • Local teacher fundraises to preserve Tuolumne River

​​​http://www.turlockjournal.com/archives/28792/

  • Turlock Teacher Rescues Dying Man from Tuolumne River

https://www.turlockcitynews.com/news/item/4370-turlock-teacher-rescues-dying-man-from-tuolumne-river

  • Raft inventor rescues man on Tuolumne

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/article4488553.html

  • Video: CBS Sacramento Turlock School Teacher Uses Boat He Invented To Rescue Man From Tuolumne River

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/12/16/turlock-school-teacher-uses-boat-he-invented-to-rescue-man-from-tuolumne-river/

  • GET ON THE LAKE WITH FEATHER RAFT FISHING

https://classicbass.com/blog/get-lake-feather-raft-fishing/

  • Raft creator wins Stanislaus business contest

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/article4419356.html

  • ​Feather Raft inventor wins first Stanislaus Innovation Challenge

http://cvbj.biz/2014/12/11/feather-raft-inventor-wins-first-stanislaus-innovation-challenge/

  • Turlock teacher’s Feather Raft invention wins regional challenge​

http://www.turlockjournal.com/section/12/article/28139/

  • ​​Video: CBS Good Day Sacramento Stanislaus Innovation Challenge

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/10935008-stanislaus-innovation-challenge/

  • Video: Breakfast in My Neighborhood with teacher Elias Ruiz

http://www.news10.net/videos/news/local/my-neighborhood/2014/11/21/19337475/

  • Feather Raft inventor heading to Innovation Challenge

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/article4378937.html

  • Stanislaus Innovation Challenge reaches finals

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/article4378937.html

  • Feather Raft inventor heading to Innovation Challenge

http://abc30.com/news/feather-raft-inventor-heading-to-innovation-challenge/406595/

  • Turlock teacher wins local Innovation Challenge

http://www.turlockjournal.com/archives/27946/

  • Raft idea wins Turlock round of innovation contest

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/turlock/article3919722.html

  • Hughson Mans Drifts to Victory

http://www.cerescourier.com/section/11/article/4680/

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