On the shores of Willapa Bay, the folks at Pedigree Cats are hard at work building gorgeous, custom catamarans. As their website states, “We do not build catamarans to sell, we build each client their dream.”

Kelly Habersetzer and her amazing crew are hands-on, so you won’t get an empty sales pitch here. Rather, you’ll be getting straight talk and expertise from seasoned builders. 

They actively collaborate with designers and concept artists but are most excited to work with you.

In fact, Pedigree Cats  invites clients to work alongside them. They offer on-site RV facilities and are happy to teach them the process from start to finish, when their dream boat is ready to set sail.

Why did you choose to start a business in Pacific County?

The location. And Jim Neva, the port manager, was an inspiration for us to make the change.

Where did the idea for your business come from?

Gary’s been building boats since 1974–first in San Diego and now Raymond.

What was your mission when you started your business?

We wanted to build custom foam core, composite multihull boats.

How did you come up with the name for your business?

It was Gary’s clever idea!

How do you define success?

Paying your employees and vendors, and making customers happy!

What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

Every launch!

What is unique about your business?

We build custom catamarans so every owner can see their dream come true!

How do you view your role in the community?

We have a viable business and are helpful in the community, often volunteering at schools and with local organizations.

If you had one piece of advice to offer someone starting a business in Pacific County, what would it be?

Diversify! Being in a small town, without opportunity for a lot of discretionary income, is hard on businesses. Do your research. Ask other businesses—open or closed—for feedback. Expand to all sectors. And utilize online media sales, because they will increase your profits.

Final Thoughts

For any aspiring business owner in Pacific County, here are a few key takeaways from Kelly’s experience:

  • Enjoy what you do! There’s success to be found in making your customers happy and taking care of your employees.
  • Get feedback from other local business owners.
  • Diversify and utilize online media sales to help increase your profits.