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News: Is San Diego the New Superyacht City?

March 6, 2009 by Yacht Guy
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San Diego traditionally has the nickname “America’s Finest City,” and lately the Californian City is in full swing when it comes to the luxury world of superyachts.

Forbes rated San Diego as the fifth most wealthy city in the U.S. back in 2005. In the years since then, for the superyacht industry in particular, the region has continued to develop rapidly.

San Diego is recently becoming an increasingly popular super-yacht destination despite the economic woe across the United States. They just don’t appear to be slowing the various developments in San Diego’s super-yacht industry.

For instance, a stylish new marina facility promising the ultimate docking experience for superyachts up to 300 feet long called Fifth Avenue Landing, has just opened in San Diego’s downtown area.

The marina boasts 12 high quality yacht berth – each offering a concierge service. The facility is convenient in that it is close to local attractions and top hotels,

Today, the city is buzzing with superyacht designers, builders, and brokers, and it now has plenty of facilities to accommodate the industry.

Numerous marinas have sprung up amid the increasing interest in the city, with Kona Kai Marina, Shelter Island Marina, and The Wharf, among some of the most notable developments.

San Diego is also home to the largest shipyard on the west coast of the U.S. General Dynamics’ National Steel and Shipbuilding Company and many cruise lines pass through the port and there are plans for a new cruise ship terminal to open in 2010.

There’s also the annual “YachtFest” show, which will be going ahead in September this year and is expected to attract interest from super-yacht makers and owners around the world.

“San Diego had the basic requirements of super-yachts covered already with the natural deep water harbor, year round superb weather, geographic location as the gateway to the Pacific and a wonderful youthful city. Then when you add the super-yacht facility upgrades it’s a no brainer. San Diego has it all,” Larson the head of the San Diego Superyacht Association said.

Larsson also says the SDSA had been instrumental in developments as the combination of shipyards, marinas and suppliers working together means they have a good all-round knowledge of what super-yacht owners want when they come to port.

“Due to the sheer size of the city and nearby cities there is so much for owners and crew to do here on their time off, the beaches are fabulous, Vegas is an hour away, there are 100 golf courses in and around San Diego.

“It’s a metropolitan feel with small town charm. That’s what makes us different,” he said.

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