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Representatives of Westport Shipyard in Westport, WA announced that the company’s assets have been acquired by Westport, LLC, an ownership group that includes members of the Louisiana-based Chouest family.

The 50 year old business has three locations in Washington state, and a marina and sales office in Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 400 skilled employees, Westport has completed more than 120 yachts since 2000.

Gary Chouest, of the Chouest family, is also a customer.

“Gary has always been passionate about our industry, and we are honored to count him as a customer, and now our majority owner, as well,” said Daryl Wakefield, Westport’s president. Wakefield will remain in that position, along with General Manager Dave Hagiwara, and the rest of Westport’s management team and employees.

The Chouest family of companies includes holdings in its primary business in the oil and gas marine transportation industry worldwide, but also includes American Custom Yachts (ACY) in Stuart, Fla. Since 1994, ACY has maintained a 63-acre facility for the design and construction of custom sportsfish, as well as other affiliated companies.

“Similar to the history of the Chouest family business, Westport began five decades ago with a fishing fleet, and has diversified into many other core businesses, focusing on customer satisfaction and the pursuit of excellence,” said Gary Chouest.

“We are pleased to join the Westport family, and look forward to pursuing the synergies that exist between the Chouest companies, ACY, and Westport. We will continue to pursue the employment of skilled local workers, and will remain an active participant in the communities Westport serves,” Chouest said.

Both the Chouest business model and Westport maintain an in-house vessel design and development team for their composite-built yachts.

“The Westport family is excited about joining forces with the Chouest but we also must acknowledge the wonderful contributions of Mr. John Orin Edson, our majority shareholder since 1997,” Wakefield said.


For more details visit westportyachtsales.com.

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