It all started in 1983 – Cape Town , South Africa
Southern Cross Creations was founded in 1983, by Gary Vasconcellos in Cape Town, South Africa. It began with the commencement of building a 39′ Bongers Sloop.
At that time there were 2 partners, Gary Vasconcellos and Michele Joubert. There were 2 laborers working alongside the partners.
The workshop and “boat building yard” was located on a farm just outside town in a place called Potsdam.
Word got around about the project and soon after the project was underway we were approached to fit out another yacht, a Roberts 37. Arrangements were made and we transported the boat from the factory to our yard at Potsdam.
We also started making furniture to help finance the boat and keep the workshop going through the quiet times.
After operating for a while Gary was forced to recruit a Manager, as we were really busy with the furniture and shop fitting side . Mark Uitenbogardt , under Gary’s supervision controlled the yacht build of the Roberts, while Michele and I looked after the Joinery projects.