Although it seems new in the market, the Curaçao Marine boat yard and repair wharf celebrated its 10 years of existence on November 28th last year. In the anniversary year, Curaçao Marine shows a professional routine of a well managed and experienced business. In the past decade, the small repair wharf developed into an all round meeting place with specialized services for the international yachting business, providing jobs for 25 local workers.
Under the management of owners Gijs Boer and Pierre Verbiesen the company tremendously expanded to its present size with the help of advisor Jan Bink and it won’t stop growing for a long time yet.
In her present-day appearance, the boatyard officially was opened in November 2005 by the visiting Dutch minister Alexander Pechtold. Since then founders Boer and Verbiesen surrounded themselves with young and skilled experts in several aspects of the yacht business. In the last few years a dealership of Budget Marine was acquired as well as the exclusive agency for Curaçao and Bonaire of world leader North Sails and Yanmar Marine Engines.
The boat yard is also the home of Island Bay Boatworks, Curaçao Rigging, Dauvillier Yachting and Westech, trusted names in the Caribbean’s technical yacht repair services and sales, with the common mission to deliver the highest level of support to the marine community. Westech has evolved its service offerings to be more comprehensive and complete through the advancements of technology and a more robust and seasoned team of skilled technicians. Technical aluminum welding, engine overhaul, milling and aligning shafts are just a small part of the comprehensive package of services.
Curaçao Marine is a good shelter in the hurricane season. At the same time it enables sailors to have their boats—125 dry and 30 wet storage spots for up to 40 tons—stored, serviced and repaired at the boatyard of Curacao Marine, in the heart of the harbor of the capital of Willemstad.