courtesy Grand View Aviation
courtesy Grand View Aviation

We considered it something of a curiosity when a superyacht from Miami announced it would make port in Baltimore for the summer. But if a group of businesses get what they want, Scarlet will have some other oversized company on the bay waters.

A new group called the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Committee announced its formation this week, with the specific charter “to work to position the Bay as a destination for superyachts.” You can probably a superyacht if you’ve ever been looking through boats owned by the superrich. But in technical terms, they measure 80 ft. long.

This isn’t the beginning of the superyacht enthusiasts’ organizing. Last year, the General Assembly passed a bill that allowed the boats to dock on the Bay without a specially designated Bay Pilot to guide them. The yachts can access the Bay via the C&D Canal from the North, and the mouth of the Bay from the South, according to the Committee.

Attracting these yachts will have a significant impact on local economies as they provision, fuel and tour the region,’ said Jay Dayton of the U.S. Superyacht Association.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.