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Captain helps build marina


Capt. David Johnson, a broker with Denison Yacht Sales, has taken on a new project as marina sales director for the new Golfito Marina Village & Resort on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.


Ideas and designs for a megayacht project began there about seven years ago, but never got off the ground. The initial investor still owns the land and expects to begin construction on a new vision in June, Johnson said.


“The guy funding it waited until the time was right, and it’s right now,” he said.


This man came to Johnson to buy a yacht to put at this new marina he wanted to build and where he wanted to retire. One thing led to another and the man began asking Johnson what captains want in marinas. Before he knew it, Johnson was being recruited to work on the project.


“It’s really a great thing that’s happened to me,” he said. “I’m meeting some amazing people.”


Original sketches included a few 200-foot docks; Johnson suggested something bigger. With deep water, protection from swells and wind, and being below the hurricane zone, the marina could attract the largest yachts afloat. The latest drawings include two docks of 400 feet in length as well as 122 slips for yachts up to 200 feet (60m).


Captains will be able to clear in and out with customs and immigration onsite, and refuel on the 250-foot fuel dock, the first bit of the marina that will be built this summer. Slips will be available in December.


The resort portion of the project does not yet have a flag, but Johnson said the marina will be built to Blue Star Marina standards. A G5 can land about 1 mile away; San Jose’s international airport is a 45-minute helicopter flight away.


Golfito is 320nm north of Panama, an area that used to be the Central America base for Chiquita Banana. Its 1,000-foot concrete dock remains in the protected harbor, which is one of the stops for the yacht transport company DYT/Sevenstar.


Upland projects at the village include housing for crew, including studio apartments, included with dockage. And several amenities such as a bar, beach club (with white sand shipped in from the Caribbean), tennis courts and pool will be exclusive to crew, the idea being that yacht crew need a separate place to unwind and vent, Johnson said.


“Maybe the best part is that the Pavones surf break is right around the corner,” he said. “It’s the second-longest left-hand break in the world, and crew can get there by tender.”


Find Johnson in the Pavillion near the Clematis Street entrance (


New yard in the Chesapeake

Eyre Baldwin is one of the new owners of Cape Charles Yacht Center, a shipyard and marina at the mouth of the Chesapeake on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.


Recently purchased by Eastern Shore Land Company (ESLAND), the property is being transformed into a megayacht destination. It sits halfway between Florida and New England and offers an 18-foot channel and full-service shipyard. Existing facilities include 1,000 feet of face dockage and a 75-foot lift. ESLAND also owns surrounding land and plans to expand shop space, add an industrial park and an import/export zone.


Find Baldwin at the USSA pavilion near Ramp 2 (




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