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ReconCraft History

ReconCraft has set the benchmark for rugged and reliable marine craft by combining an extensive background of military and law enforcement experience with world-class marine design and manufacturing processes.

ReconCraft vessels are ideally suited for the following applications:

  • Military, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Commercial Operations
  • Shallow waterways with obstructions and debris
  • Operations in areas not accessible by traditional water-jets or outboards

ReconCraft is unique in the industry in that every ReconCraft client receives the time and attention required to align the vessel’s capability with the client’s need. One size does NOT fit all. Therefore, ReconCraft is proud to optimize platform design and capability for each individual application.

As former tactical operators themselves, the ReconCraft team understands the importance of a well-designed vessel and its impact on tactical capability and crew safety.

ReconCraft Co-Founders

ReconCraft was founded by three former Coast Guard officers, all of whom are graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

Jay B. Hoflich

Co-Founder & CEO

“The team and the experience of working with our company have given our customers great confidence in choosing ReconCraft and trusting us with their high value contracts and mission critical projects.”

Jay Hoflich is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ReconCraft. He is responsible for maximizing growth opportunities, creating and implementing the company’s business strategy and coordinating all business administration.

Prior to starting ReconCraft, Jay had successfully launched two other companies and worked as a project manager and client representative for multi-state general construction projects. While serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, Jay held the positions of shipboard engineer, dry-dock inspector, damage control assistant, shipboard firefighting officer and civil engineer; earning personal and team achievement awards at each command.

Jay is honored to be a Native American citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is proud to have served his country in the footsteps of his grandparents. He holds an MBA from Babson College and earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Joseph F. Silkowski

Co-Founder & COO

“I'm immensely proud of our world-class team of professionals: designers, engineers, welders, technicians, and support staff. Together, we're combining technology, experience, and innovation to create unparalleled marine craft that meet mission requirements.”

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Joe directs ReconCraft’s design, engineering, and manufacturing teams. He is passionate about ensuring that every design detail complements the rugged construction and high performance that are synonymous with the ReconCraft name. Joe also leads ReconCraft’s training program and has delivered comprehensive programs in North and South America to the U.S. Navy, foreign militaries, and other government entities.

Prior to co-founding ReconCraft, Joe served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for seven years and specialized in law enforcement, homeland defense, search and rescue, and military diving. As the Operations Officer of a tactical homeland security unit, Joe directed domestic and international operations in support of Coast Guard and Department of Defense missions.

Joe holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering (cum laude) from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, which included a semester of courses at the U.S. Naval Academy as part of the Service Academy Exchange Program.

Jonathan R. Hoflich

Co-Founder & CBDO

“As former vessel operators, we're proud to use our experience to create unmatched vessels that truly address the core mission requirements of our clients. Often, it's the small things that make a big difference during high-risk operations and we spend a lot of time during design and engineering to account for these details.”

Jon manages new business development and vessel R&D. As the Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO), Jon overseas ReconCraft’s strategic partnerships and closely works with our global clients to provide tailored vessels for a diverse set of mission and tactical requirements.

Hoflich is a seasoned veteran in the marine community who served as the Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter CHANDELEUR and implemented the expansion of Sealegs Amphibious Marine Craft from New Zealand to North America.

Born in Alaska and son to a fishing guide, he began his professional maritime career after graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and rising the ranks to ultimately become Commanding Officer of a 110′ Patrol Boat. Other career highlights include a tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Executive Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BARANOF and as patrol boat manager for the Coast Guard’s 11th District, where he directed maritime counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations for patrol boats off California and Western Mexico.

Following his career in the U.S. Coast Guard, he spearheaded initial anti-piracy security efforts in the Gulf of Aden as an independent maritime security advisor, providing critical insight to the United Kingdom’s Maritime Trade Organization while ensuring safe passage for commercial shipping lines.