Desco M a r i n e Delivers Its First Boats Built O f Steel
The first steel boats built by Desco Marine were unveiled recently at a christening and launching ceremony at the shipyard in St. Augustine, Fla.
According to Desco Marine president Tom Collins, the shrimp boats La Marseillaise and LAmericaine were built for Ljubisa Nalovic and were scheduled for delivery to his company, Compagnie Francaise de Peche, in Cayenne, French Guiana, during March. Mr. Nalovic is a repeat customer at Desco, having previously purchased five 68-foot fiberglass shrimpers.
The two new vessels are 72 feet long and rigged for shrimping similar to the rest of Mr. Nalovic's fleet. Designed by Rodney Lay of Rodney Lay & Associates, naval architects of Jacksonville, each steel hull was built to American Bureau of Shipping standards and inspection to insure overall design integrity.
"As these were the first boats turned out by our new steel production line, we wanted them to be an example of the same Desco quality that has gone into all of our other boats through the years," said Mr. Collins. "We put great emphasis on all the small details like sandblasting and prime coating each section before it is welded into place, using only certified ABS welders, and even specifying stainless steel cap rails." La Marseillaise and L'Amerciaine are Desco Marine's initial entry into the highly diversified steel boat market. Desco's steel production line can handle boats up to 200 feet. In addition to steel, the yard has expanded its capabilities in fiberglass, from 60 feet to 90 feet, and held at 73 feet in wood. Also, Desco has expanded into conversion and repair of steel, fiberglass, and wood boats, and marine hardware and supplies.