A new superyacht marina at Christophe Harbour in St Kitts held its groundbreaking ceremony last Friday in front of a string of local dignitaries including the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Edmund Lawrence, Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, and Minister Richard Skerritt.

The marina complex at Christophe Harbour is under development by an experienced superyacht owner, and developer, who saw his opportunity to create a superyacht hub from the ground up.

The Christophe Harbour development team is working closely with officials to develop yachting policy, infrastructure, and training so that the islands are equipped to deliver, and deliver well as more and more superyachts head their way.

The first stage of berths is set to be completed by the end of this year. The purchase of the berths themselves, which are freehold, not leasehold, come with the opportunity to gain citizenship in a nation with no personal tax or residency requirement for citizenship.

“We’re investing $90m over the course of the marina build-out,” said Buddy Darby in his opening address. “This first phase, which will include the first 24 slips from 150ft-220ft, will be completed by the end of this year.”

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Berths stretch up to 65m, with a draft of 5.6m, and the marina features a professionally engineered entry and turning basin. Darby has ensured expedited customs clearance on site with the marina a designated point of entry.

Christophe Harbour is also able to offer significantly reduced bunkering costs due to no import duties on the import or sale of fuel, is 15-minutes from an FBO airport and will feature 300 berths, up to 91m LOA, once the development’s complete.