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Superyacht center opens on Chesapeake Bay

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The Eastern Shore Land Co. said the Cape Charles Yacht Center officially opened for business Thursday.

As the first superyacht center on Chesapeake Bay, the center is designed to accommodate yachts that measure more than 24 meters, or 79 feet.

“The location along the Mid-Atlantic is strategic since we offer a deep, secure harbor with quick access to the Atlantic,” Eastern Shore Land Co. partner Eyre Baldwin said in a statement. “There are few places for these types of yachts to stop for service, repairs or to enjoy the area between New England and Miami. The proximity to the ocean is very convenient, but we also offer a charming destination on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.”

“With dockage for large yachts on the East Coast at a premium, it is very exciting to have a new megayacht facility in the Chesapeake Bay,” Nauticom Communications president Kitty McGowan said. “Its ideal location at the mouth of the Bay and deep-water access will make Cape Charles Yacht Center a natural stopover for the cruising yachtsman.”

The yacht center includes a 40-acre harbor district and an 80-acre industrial park with access through a new road that connects the harbor to Route 13. This connection will restore access for trucks to the harbor granting East Coast shipping. The yacht center will immediately create 36 jobs with an estimated 80 to 100 new jobs over three years.

The yacht center includes a marina, a 120-acre maintenance and storage area, a 75-ton boat lift, a 300-ton lift in process and a fuel station. Chesapeake Marine Systems is the designated operator for maintenance and boat supplies at the yacht center.

Features include:

• 1,000 feet of dockage, with an additional 1,000 feet to be installed over the next two months

• Three-phase, 480-amp power

• 18-foot depth channel 12 miles from the Atlantic

• 80 acres for storage

• Pumpout facilities

• Cape Charles town harbor, with 1,400 feet of dockage and 51 slips

The yacht center is a member of the U.S. Superyacht Association, and efforts are under way to ensure that yachts can clear customs when they arrive in Cape Charles.

Additional development is being pursued in the harbor and the industrial park zones, with sites available for lease or sale. The location is suited for other marine-based businesses like yacht brokerages, boat manufacturers, repair and refit operations, retail and tourism-related businesses.

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