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Charleston Couple Showcases New Boat Safety Item at Columbia Boat Show

Jeff Switzer and his wife were selling their invention, the Prop Glove, at the Boat Show. Jeff Switzer and his wife were selling their invention, the Prop Glove, at the Boat Show.

By: Amy Greenspan

Hundreds of people starting to think about summer fun wandered around Columbia's 48th Annual Boat Show over the weekend at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. Everything from jet skis to fishing boats to big cabin cruisers were on display.

For the first year the displays included a collection of recreational vehicles. 

Jeff and Beth Switzer were at the Columbia's Boat Show for their second year as merchandisers.  They were showing off their product... the Prop Glove.

The Prop Glove is a protective bag they invented and now sell that is placed around the motor and propeller for safety.

"We struggled to find a way to protect our kids from the sharp edges of the motor and propeller, and knew that other people were as well.  You could look down the beach and see ten people with life jackets on their motor," Jeff Switzer said.

The product got a lot of attention at the show, mostly because of the way it looked.

"Most people come up to try and figure out what it is," said Switzer.

Although the Switzer enterprise is small right now, Frank Scuderi, the director of the Boat Show, believes there is the potential for growth.

"You start small and from there, who know where.  Nobody starts big.  Even McDonald's, they started as a little hamburger joint.," says Scuderi.

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