by Christopher Knauss
Megayachts owners now have a place to dock at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. The Cape Charles (Virginia) Yacht Center—specifically designed to accommodate yachts more than 79 feet long—is open for business. The location along the Mid-Atlantic offers a deep, secure harbor with quick ocean access. It’s a welcome addition to the coast, with limited dockage between Florida and New England for large yachts in need of service or repairs. The proximity to the ocean is certainly convenient and offers a pleasant destination on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
The yacht center includes a marina, a 120-acre maintenance and storage area, a fuel station, and a 75-ton boat lift with a 300-ton lift in the design phase. The marina features 2,000 feet of dockage, 3-phase 480-amp power, pump-out facilities, and an 18-foot channel 12 miles from the Atlantic. The yacht center is a member of the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA), and plans are in the works to ensure that yachts can clear customs in Cape Charles.