Our Story


The Swift Docker was thoughtfully invented and developed by Ron Zimmerman, who is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserves. While in the Navy, Ron also enjoyed a 23-year career with a major U.S. railroad, working on the corporate side in forecasting and economics. He sometimes worked as a brakeman and switchman, too.

Ron has always had a passion for understanding how things work, and figuring out innovative ways to improve tools and processes, making them simpler, and more intuitive. He came up with the idea of the Swift Docker while boating with friends in South Carolina. He noticed how recreational boaters would spend a lot of time and effort tying and retying rope lines to adjust fender heights when docking their boats. He even saw one person hanging over the side of their boat, nearly upside-down, to tie the line. This might be fun when you're in the Navy, but not necessarily as a weekend boater. It was then that the Swift Docker was conceived.

Ron lives in Waxhaw (just outside of Charlotte), North Carolina, with his wife Cosima and their two dogs and two cats. They have three kids, too, Juliana, Christoph and Stefan, who are in college. In his spare time, Ron enjoys drawing and writing. In 2019, he published a book about the history of the railroad in Waxhaw.

The Zimmerman family is proud and excited to share with you Ron's creation. Hopefully it will let you spend a little bit more time riding in your boat and less time docking.

We'd love to hear how you're enjoying your Swift Docker. Share your photos on Facebook or Instagram and use the #swiftdocker.

Happy boating!