The Cape Charles Yacht Center officially opened for business on 15 May, 2014. Designed to accommodate larger yachts, it is the first and only superyacht centre on the Chesapeake Bay.
'The location along the Mid-Atlantic is strategic since we offer a deep, secure harbour with quick access to the Atlantic,' said Eyre Baldwin, partner with developers The Eastern Shore Land Company. '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.'
The Cape Charles Yacht Center includes a marina, 120-acre maintenance and storage area, 75-ton and 300-ton boat lifts, 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' deep channel 12 miles from the Atlantic, 80 acres for storage, and pump-out facilities. Work is underway to ensure that yachts can clear customs when they arrive in Cape Charles.
Additional development is being pursued in the harbour and the industrial park zones, with sites available for lease or sale. The location is ideally suited for other marine-based businesses like yacht brokerages, boat manufacturers, repair and refit operations, retail and tourism-related businesses.