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Cape Charles Yacht Center is the newest destination for yacht services on the East Coast. Ideally situated between the Northeast and Florida on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Cape Charles is the perfect location to provide megayacht services in a scenic, natural setting. The harbor sits right off the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean and features an 18-ft. deep channel for easy access.


Dining in Cape Charles

Cape Charles

Located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Cape Charles continues its amazing transformation, recapturing its 1880s glory days when the railroad gave birth to this post-Victorian beauty.

The golf course @ Bay Creek

Bay Creek

Here, getting away from it all means getting closer to the life you’ve always imagined—relaxing by the beach, casting off for a day of fishing, or playing golf at the first resort in the United States to feature both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus Signature® courses.

Barrier Island Center

Barrier Island Center

The Barrier Islands Center  preserves the most complete almshouse complex extant in the United States, using its buildings to showcase the culture, history, community, and ecology of Virginia's Barrier Islands and the peoples who made them their home.





The Cape Charles Yacht Center

Cape Charles Yacht Center is designed to exceed all expectations for yacht builders, yachtsmen, captains, and crews. Though its primary purpose is to provide full service for superyachts, the shipyard will be able to accommodate vessels of all sizes.

The Cape Charles channel is just inside the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and has an 18-foot draft. The harbor easily accommodates mega yachts, and the Mid-Atlantic location and year-round temperate climate are ideal for all types of ship service or boat manufacturing.

There are an array of lodging options near the harbor, which Cape Charles Yacht Center can help arrange, for more information on available options visit Bay Creek Resort or Cape Charles by the Bay.



  • A premier location halfway between Florida and New England
  • 18-foot deep channel, accommodating even the largest luxury yachts
  • Service Center currently under construction
  • 75-ton existing boat lift, with an up to 300-ton boat lift in design phase
  • 1,000 feet of face dockage with an additional 1,000 feet in progress
  • 4,300 feet of buried utilities—compressed air, electric, water, fire suppression
  • Ample power supply—from 30 amp single phase up to 100 amp 3 phase, 480 volts
  • Designated operator—Cape Marine Center
  • U.S. Superyacht Association Member
  • 80 acres for storage
  • Pump-out facilities
  • Easy access; floating docks
  • Full access to Bay Creek Amenities including Golf Course, Beach Club and Pool
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Incentives for Locating at Cape Charles Yacht Center

As a top state for business, Virginia offers a variety of economic incentives and business advantages. Cape Charles Yacht Center is located in a Foreign Trade Zone and Enterprise Zone. Virginia’s economic development incentives include the Governor’s Opportunity Fund, job training assistance, and sales, use and property tax exemptions.

There are many other economic development incentives as well. Virginia is a right-to-work state, and labor is abundant and highly skilled.

Cape Charles Yacht Center is just minutes away from Hampton Roads. Referred to as the Pentagon of the South, the region hosts a well-trained and skilled workforce since it's home to so many military contractors and 12,000 exiting military personnel a year, many skilled in engineering and maritime services.


  • Qualified businesses in an Enterprise Zone are eligible for case grants for permanent new jobs created over a four-job threshold.
  • Qualified zone investors making a qualified investment in industrial, commercial or mixed-use real property within an Enterprise Zone are eligible for a cash grant.
  • Grants are equal to 20 percent of the investment, up to a maximum of $125,000 for companies investing less than $5 million in qualified real property investments.
  • Companies investing $5 million or more can receive up to $250,000 in cash grants.


  • No duty is ever paid on re-exported merchandise.
  • If the merchandise is sold domestically, no duty is paid until it leaves the zone.
  • If foreign merchandise is manufactured into a product with lower duty rates, the lower duty rate applies on the foreign content for which duty is paid.
  • Merchandise in a Foreign Trade Zone may be stored, repackaged, manufactured, manipulated, destroyed, altered, or changed.
  • No duty is charged on most waste and scrap from production in a Foreign Trade Zone.


  • Governor's Opportunity Fund
  • Labor Training
  • Virginia Jobs Investment Program
  • Sales and Use Tax Exemptions
  • Property Tax Exemptions
  • Virginia Small Business Financing Authority

For additional information on Virginia business incentives and advantages, click here.




Virginia's Eastern Shore — The most beautiful place in the world.

Cape Charles was established at the turn of the century as a railroad and ferry town. The town has one of the largest concentrations of late-Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings on the East Coast. It has been designated as a Historic District on the Virginia Landmarks Register, and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The charming downtown provides amenities including hotels, restaurants, residential areas, and retail within walking distance of the working harbor and Cape Charles Yacht Center.

The town is also home to Bay Creek, a 1,700-acre, award-winning resort offering world-class golf courses, a pristine private beach, and wide range of accommodation choices, restaurants and shops.


The Eastern Shore is a sportsman’s paradise, offering hunting, fishing, boating, bird watching, and other water activities. Two major attractions include the sister islands of Assateague and Chincoteague. Chincoteague is home to a national wildlife refuge, and Assateague offers expansive beaches with wild ponies and miles of hiking trails.

For a more cosmopolitan experience, the oceanfront resort area of Virginia Beach and the commercial center of downtown Norfolk are both within a short drive and offer live music, festivals, dining and nightlife.

For information on hotels and additional accommodations in Cape Charles visit Cape Charles by the BayBay Creek Vacation Rentals and Rentals in Cape Charles.