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About Virginia, Maryland, Delaware

The central and most important states are Virginia, Maryland, Delaware.  This positively charged area of the Northern East Coast of the United States is filled with vast history, wealth and resources for any Superyacht.  Shipping and Trade have been a large part of their region since the colonial era.  Now it has become a great destination for the Mega yachts that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the European scene.  

Norfolk and Portsmouth Virginia, are located in the heart of the Hamptons Roads region, on opposite sides of the Elizabeth River, which neatly divides the two settlements and connects yachts to the ‘mile marker zero’ starting point of the Intracoastal waterway (ICW).  The Norfolk/ Portsmouth area includes the historic maritime center of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and a number of other commercial shipyards.  Portsmouth also offer a good selection of highly recommended technical services.  

The Olde Towne in Portsmouth also represents a historic enclave with some wonderful shoreside attracts to keep crew members, guests, and owners entertained.  While across the river in Downtown Norfolk there are plenty of shoreside attractions which include maritime museums, Art Deco cinemas, open-air concert auditoriums, and of course home of the famous Iowa Class Battleship USS Wisconsin.  This is a useful stop for transient vessels or the extended haul out and refit.  

As you head up the Chesapeake Bay you come to peaceful Gloucester Point on the York River.  It the past this was a battle ground in the War of Independence and the Civil War, but now it is a place of excellent protection and idyllic scenery, a perfect location to pick up guest or the owner. Gloucester Point was charted by the famous John Smith in 1610 when he was saved by the fabled Indian Princess ‘Pocahontas’. It is a beautiful city with lots of history and rich military heritage, which is also located close to Newport News Airport a favorite choice for private jets to fly in and out.   

Maryland has two major ports Annapolis and Baltimore. Annapolis is a historic seaport and extremely attractive university and naval academy city. It is the capital of Maryland and it is often referred to as America’s sailing capital. Located along the Chesapeake Bay, it is only 26 miles south of Baltimore and 29 miles east of Washington, D.C. Annapolis offers visiting yachts a wonderful destination to add to their cruising itinerary whilst navigating the famous sailing grounds of the expansive Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is a beautiful town with several museums, lots of magnificent shopping, and a large selection of restaurants. Various special events occur throughout the year. For example, the Naval Academy band performs a free concert on the City Dock in the evenings from June to August. There is no shortage of activities for crew or guest to partake in while in Annapolis. 

Throughout its early history, Baltimore was a great trading seaport, capitalizing on its geographically strategic advantages over New York and Boston and enjoying a thriving trade with the Caribbean islands of the West Indies.  In later history, on Feb 4th 1904, a devastating great fire consumed a fair proportion of Baltimore, destroying over 1,500 buildings and forcing most of the city to be rebuilt. Baltimore overcame this great disaster and reconstructed itself to become known as ‘A city risen from the ashes’ - and thus defining itself as a ‘role model’ of the American Way. On April 4 1968, however, another pivotal moment for Baltimore descended upon the city, when the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King sparked off a violent 8-day riot and ruptured the already escalated civil rights crises of that era. Coinciding with the national unrest and rioting in other cities across the US, Baltimore had the unfortunate distinction of accounting for a quarter of the entire riot related arrests nationwide. The wounds were significant and Baltimore, once again had to ‘rise from the ashes’ of these dark times. Before long, the early 70’s represented a new direction, and the rebirth of the ‘by then’ derelict wharfs of the Baltimore’s Inner Harbor began to finally take shape. The Inner Harbor project has since blossomed into the 21st century as a thriving tourist destination and is home to some great places to visit, including the historic USS Constellation, which is permanently, moored to the wharf and some serious exhibition facilities including the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium. The Baltimore Orioles Baseball Stadium and the Ravens Football Stadium are both located within easy walking distance of the downtown inner harbor development. Yet, all of this development still combines very comfortably with the more historical and quaint district of Fell’s Point, which is nearby.

The tiny state of Delaware is the second smallest state in the USA (after Rhode Island) There is no state or local general sales tax, no personal property or inventory taxes, and selective exemptions of corporate income taxes are available. Many new-build luxury yachts are specifically registered in Delaware to take advantage of this very favorable fiscal environment. Delaware is a strategic thoroughfare for working yachts who can connect from Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay through the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (C&D Canal) and onwards to Delaware Bay, the New Jersey coastline and New York (or vice versa on a southbound passage). Delaware retains a very quiet and peaceful ambience. Needless to say, there is, in fact, a vibrant and energetic ‘service orientation’ here towards the yachting industry.


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