Another California boatbuilding facility moves.
Adelanto based Cabo Yachts will be closing the desert based plant and moving to North Carolina to consolidate production with parent Hatteras Yachts. This loss, which will represent about 40 California jobs, is expected to be completed by year end. Seems California has troubles hanging onto manufacturing jobs, especially in the marine industry, and losing Cabo is just part of a trend. Catalina Yachts moved most of their production to Florida by 2009.
Hatteras president, James Meyer, stated that combining the brands will allow the company to leverage technological and operational advantages and will enable the company to better serve their dealers. Cabo employees were informed of the decision July 20.
Cabo Yachts was founded in Adelanto by Pacific Seacraft sailboat builders Henry Mohrschladt and Michael Howarth, after the pair had sold Pacific Seacraft Corp. in 1988. The latest incarnation of Pacific Seacraft also moved to the Carolinas a few years ago.
It’s a sad and continuing trend of boatbuilders not surviving in California which was a building center in the mid-eighties. If you want a job with a boatbuilder, seems Florida and the Carolinas are the place to go.