Successful factory for building yachts and catamarans in Luperon
Although the economic boom from tourism has not benefited the north coast town of Luperon for many years, it looks like things may be about to change with the development of a new manufacturing facility for yachts and catamarans.
The company is based in La Culebra and is owned by Frenchman Luc Guessard. He is building tourist vessels for the local tourism industry and has found buyers in Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
The company currently employs 30 in the manufacture of the boats, which sell for more than US$100,000.
Guessard told reporters that the boats are made of fiberglass and wood along with other materials sourced from the United States. He says he has even exported them as far as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Guessard says he is proud of his contribution to employment in the area where he has been living for around 20 years.
Due to his training as a naval architect he has been hired by several local companies to build boats and catamarans. He has also worked at the Luperon Beach Resort, which closed several years ago.
Source: DR1, Hoy
Sep 9, 2016
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