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Although he was 200 miles from the ocean, Willis H. Slane Jr., a High Point businessman and sportsman, founded the Hatteras Yacht Company in 1959. Eight years later the company has a workforce of 300, revenues of $10.4 million in 1966, and production of better than one yacht a day.
Hatteras Yachts is recognized as the world leader in engineering and construction of luxury fiberglass yachts. The company was founded in High Point, North Carolina by Willis Slane, Jr., a textile manufacturer who enjoyed angling and boating. Today Hatteras Yachts has its corporate headquarters and manufacturing site in New Bern.