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Chouest buys Washington yacht builder

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GALLIANO, La. (AP) — Gary Chouest, who founded the Galliano shipyard Edison Chouest, has led a group that purchased Westport Shipyard Inc., a Washington company that is one of largest yacht builders in North America.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1jf6fqF ) Westport LLC, a group that included Chouest and members of his family, acquired the shipyard. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Along with Edison Chouest, the Chouest family also owns American Custom Yachts, of Stuart, Florida.

Westport has three shipyards in Washington state and a marina and sales office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company, which has more than 400 employees, has built more than 120 yachts since 2000. The company's yachts cost several million dollars.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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