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Xquisite continues its multimillion-dollar transformation of Running Mon!

Xquisite Yachts’ multimillion-dollar transformation of the former Running Mon Marina and Resort into its Xquisite Catamaran Center that will serve as the company’s main charter operation, is cruising along nicely.

Xquisite’s Chief Executive Officer Tamas Hamor said that $2 million has already been pumped into renovations of the property, including the opening of the charter company office, dock facility, marina, restaurant and bar, and the roof of the hotel building.

While he is excited about the project’s progress since sealing the purchase deal for the property in September 2022, Hamor said the company still faces a major challenge with the canal passage.

“We have already spent $100,000 in clearing the canal, but the problem that we face is a recurring one,” – he said.

The challenge with the canal, he explained, is not an issue with dredging, but one where the sand, after being removed, keeps coming back and building up.

“After every storm, the sand returns and sits in the canal. The only way to solve that is to build more breakwater with boulders. However, the prices we’ve gotten are exorbitant and that is the challenge right now”.

He said the large catamarans can pass through the waterway at mid to high tide, but the larger branded boats that the company is known for will have difficulty with depth when the sand is high. Despite the challenge, Hamor said coming to Grand Bahama was a great decision for Xquisite.

Xquisite Yachts builds its vessels around the world, including at Portugal and South Africa properties. To date, 43 of the company’s multimillion-dollar catamarans have been sold worldwide. Hamor started the company in 2014 with the vision of not only building luxury cruising catamarans, but also providing the after-sale service and charters.

That led to the need for a base with a proper service center where owners can bring in their boats for commissioning, repair, upgrades, maintenance and have a gathering hub. “This is our base where we house many services, but the main focus is the marina which is already operational,” Hamor explained.

At this point, the dock, marina and service company, where the vessels are repaired, are open. “Right now, we can fit about 20 catamarans in the dock, but by the end of the year, we want to build slips around the restaurant, which will double the current capacity.”

The marina is open to vessels other than his own brand, and to accommodate the international clientele, Hamor said customs and immigration officers are on property, so boaters coming from the United States and other foreign countries are cleared on arrival.

“We have come a long way, but there is still further to go” – he said, explaining that with the marina side of the project operational, the next phase is converting the existing 30 hotel rooms into one and two-bedroom luxury apartment units.

Speaking about the charter side of the business, Hamor said one catamaran is currently available with a captain and crew, and there are plans to add two more to the fleet by year’s end.

“So, that is growing pretty nicely. There are also plans in the works to launch two sailing clubs. One would be targeting university students and the second, a charity effort for underprivileged children, who otherwise would not have the opportunity. We have not worked out the details as yet, but it is in the plans” – Hamor explained.

It is anticipated that at the end of the project, the investment will be $3 million to $5 million over a two to three-year period.

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About Xquisite Yachts

Xquisite Yachts is a luxury yacht brand known for its innovative designs, comfort, and sailing performance. The company produces a limited number of multi-award-winning catamarans each year using the latest technology. Customers can purchase finished yachts or place a custom order, with the option to try before they buy through the company’s charter program. Xquisite Yachts can be seen at all major international boat shows.
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