What’s in a name?


ppp 4 restored

One of the first boats produced by Port au Prince Plastics, 1972

In early 1972 Andre Cassagnol Jr. Set out to launch a new venture. After an intensive introduction to fiberglass work in New York, he decided to introduce  a new line of Fiberglass Boats in Haiti, Port au Prince Plastics (PPP) was born.

A few Years later,  Yves Cassagnol joined forces with his brother to broaden the range of products.  The Canari Brand of tanks was introduced, for the local market, export to Puerto Rico, and other neighboring islands.


As the years went on, other products and expert boat repairs became synonymous with the Cassagnol Name.

Today Ralph Cassagnol has joined forces with his father and uncle to continue the Cassagnol Fiberglass tradition. With a degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy , an unlimited HP, unlimited Tonnage U.S. Coast Guard License, and extensive experience in the design and fabrication of Steel structures and mixed media projects, he has added a modern element to the tradition of innovation and quality of the brand.

In a push to promote decentralization and to bring new jobs and training to other parts of the island, the company has just completed the construction of a brand new state of the art manufacturing facility in Thomassique, Haiti. They have also completed the renovation of their 10,000 Sq.ft  distribution facility in the heart of the Capital.  So far, the move has been a great success with promise of more to come.

PPP 1 restored

Andre Cassagnol (right) launching
PPP 16ft Cruiser in Port Au Prince 1972


With new and exciting products in development and new export contracts, Cassagnol Composites has entered a new era in its history.

State of the art computer design and CNC cutting capabilities have broadened the custom projects department and will take the company to new heights.

So what’s in a name?

Cassagnol Composites is the updated name for a brand that has been in the composites business in Haiti for over 40 years. With thousands of Canari tanks and other products in use all over Haiti and the Caribbean, some with over 30 years in service,  they have proven time and time again that quality, beyond everything, is the key to lasting products and a lasting name.



50 ft catamaran restored

Yves Cassagnol standing next to custom
50ft Catamaran prior to initial launch. 1985

ppp 3 restored

PPP 16 at first facility in Santo, Haiti. 1972