Superyacht boom continues in the Eastern Caribbean!
Recently, the Islands of the Eastern Caribbean – most notably, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and the independent Duel-Nation of St. Kitts and Nevis have been trying to broaden their appeal to yachts, yacht owners, and yacht charters.
Way back at the beginning of this year, in February, we reported on how the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), a member group dedicated to promoting tourism, integration, and economic development among the islands, announced that they have “intensified efforts” to develop their maritime sector, especially to increase the area’s appeal to the “expanding luxury yachting sector.”
At that time we had announced how a good part of that plan had come to fruition, with the official opening of the new multimillion dollar Oil Nut Bay Marina on the BVI. Now, here we are at the end of the year, and the BVI’s predecessor, Christophe Harbour Marina, on her sister Eastern Caribbean Island, St. Kitts, is closing out 2017 with a superyacht boom!
Prior to the opening of the Oil Nut Bay Marina, the world-class Christophe Harbour Marina in St. Kitts and Nevis was opened. Christophe Harbor officially opened in 2015, with the help of a reported 100 million dollar investment by a superyacht owner. The Marina, while still growing, is coming of age, and is bringing St. Kitts one step closer to becoming a true superyacht hub.
As reported by the local media, Jon Gersonde, Vice President of Operations at Christophe Harbour, indicated that they currently have five boats over 100 feet long at the Marina, and are expecting to have at least three more by the end of the week. Gersonde said that there is a great deal of interest by yachtsman in the Federation (Saint Kitts and Nevis), which he came to realize after attending a boat show on nearby Antigua.
“I was just in Antigua for a boat show last week and there was almost 80 superyachts there for the show and the amount of people that were on the docks speaking about the Federation, speaking about St. Kitts and their interest in coming here.”
More Superyachts on the Horizon
The Marina at Christophe Harbour opened in 2015 and was built with the yachtsman in mind. The marina consists of 250 state-of-the-art, alongside berths, 50 of which will be able to accommodate superyachts up to 250 feet. The Marina also features a protected entrance and a safe inner harbor. The location is also ideally situated between Antigua and St. Maarten, in the heart of the Eastern Caribbean’s yacht charter and cruising grounds, which makes Christophe Harbour a jump-off point for island hopping.
Since the opening of the Marina, the OECS says that superyacht traffic to St. Kitts and Nevis “increased by 60%.”
Gersonde says that before the end of 2017, there could be a dozen or more superyachts at the marina to ring in the New Year, and notes that he has received inquiries from as many as 80 superyachts for berths in 2018!
The member nations of the OECS are: the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.
Unique Caribbean Charter Interties
The BVI and the rest of the islands of the Eastern Caribbean are not the only tropical paradises in the area that are appealing to yacht owners and yacht charter clients.
The Caribbean has long been known as the place to snorkel, scuba dive, fish, explore, and enjoy unparalleled festivals and nightlife. With over 700 islands in total, there is something for everyone in the Caribbean chain, and there is no better way to experience it, than from the deck of your own luxury motor yacht. That is why our constantly expanding motor yacht charter fleet is based right here in Marina Bay, a short cruise to Key West or the Bahamas, the gateway to the Caribbean!
We have many unique on-going charter yacht events in Ft. Lauderdale, Delray, Miami, and the Caribbean, and we are constantly adding new yachts and new itineraries, so come back to our site often. And, if there is a charter experience you would like that you do not see listed, feel free to speak with one of our charter professionals, we will do everything we can to accommodate your desires!
Images: Courtesy Christophe Harbour Marina – http://www.christopheharbour.com/
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