Trinidadians have been building boats for years, especially power boats and fishing boats both for export and their own use. Bowen Marine, Formula III and Peake all have a good reputation in the power boat market, including fine cruising boats and some very fancy racing craft that, in the wrong hands, would raise the eyebrows of any customs officer from here to Miami. The sailing yacht market is newer.
Soca Sailboats have a factory on the Eastern Main Road in Trinidad where they build Henderson 30 racing boats, as well as occasional custom boats. One of their craft "Crash Test Dummies", a Henderson 35, cleaned up in the Caribbean racing circuit for a year or two. Last news was they were trying to sell it and build something even taster. They have an impressive factory with their own heating oven for building carbon fiber masts and they mold their own lead for the keels. The glasswork is first class and their prices reasonable by international standards.
Samson Boats in San Femando build a variety of custom boats from fishing pirogues to giant cats. If you are interested in build ing new, drive down and see their work to: yourself.
Aikane Yachts, in Chaguaramas, built a very fancy, fast cruising cat feet long. Thev are geared up for the production ot these: the yard is in Chaguaramas.
Yards such as these can cot VAT ex emptions for material and pans arriving for a yacht that is to be exported.
Trinidad is also excellent tor custom projects. I am nearly completing a 42 foot Samson Class Catamaran as 1 \\ nte this This boat has an island tradition, with no -plans, but several examples to work t orn i had :hc hulls molded by Samson F>oa:s m San Fernando, who own the mold, and the rest > being completed in a space 1 rented ;n o
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.