Our founder and father, Franz Schattauer, was born in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1909. Bremerhaven is a busy, seaport town, so boats and sailing were natural interests for Franz right from the beginning. His sailmaking career began with a 4-year sailmakers apprenticeship followed by a 10-year journeyman ship. He then attended a year of formal schooling in order to learn how to run the business end of a company. In 1940, after passing rigorous exams in the trade school, he was granted the title of Master Sailmaker. He was then qualified to run a business and teach apprentices. You needed this shingle regardless of your trade in order to run your own business, thus giving the consumer a guarantee that you knew what you were doing. If three complaints were lodged against you, your title could be revoked and you were out of business.
In 1953, Franz and his family emigrated to Costa Mesa, California looking for better opportunities. After working in Costa Mesa for several years, Franz and family moved to Seattle where he once again opened up his own loft in 1959. Starting out at Lockhaven Marina and then moving out to Shilshole Bay in 1966, Schattauer Sails has been producing sails for cruising sailors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond ever since. Having garnered a reputation for building "bullet proof" sails, our "bread and butter" has always been cruising sails for near and far. As it turns out, cruising sails do not have to be slow. Over the years, Schattauer Sails have graced many race-oriented boats and they have done well in local races.