Atlantic Yacht Basin, Inc. is a full service yacht repair and storage facility strategically located on the A&C Canal of the Intracoastal Waterway in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Atlantic Yacht Basin

Prime Boating Season Is Just Around The Corner and AYB Has a New Look

With such unseasonably warm weather so far this year in so much of the country, we're already underway getting our customers' boats ready to get out on the water.  

And we have been busy getting our new and improved website ready to go too.    

Check it out here at and tell your friends about us.   You might even discover something you didn't know about AYB yourself. 

Lots of exciting projects are happening on the Yard and people are taking advantage of AYB’s full range of marine services from maintenance and repair to refits and overhauls.

Plus the semi-annual migration from southern waters has started.  We are beginning to see a lot of interesting boats out on the Waterway again.  And with spring in full bloom, it's really beautiful in our spot of the world.

To get a free quote on what your boat needs to get out on the water in 2012, please give us a call toll-free at (800) 992-2489 or local at  (757) 482-2141 or drop us a line at  

And if you’ve been holding back on coming to us because you don’t think you have the time or because you don’t know what AYB is all about, give us a call and we’ll talk you through what AYB can do for your boat and for you.  

If you are outside of the area, we can also help arrange transport to our facility or recommend a licensed captain to bring the boat in for you via the Waterway.

We also invite you to find out more on our website at or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for interesting updates, tips, and specials going on at the Yard.

Tips from AYB

Spring marks the beginning of boat season for many.  So whether you are getting your boat out of storage or making plans for the warmer weather ahead, here are some key things to remember.

1. Build out your "boat list" in advance -- Keep a running list of things that you need to do on your boat and schedule that maintenance and those repairs or upgrades proactively. Some fixes and upgrades are seasonal, some are cyclical and some are occasional. But having a plan for how you want to tackle the work that needs to be done to keep your boat in good shape will help you keep its value and maximize your pleasure in getting out on the water -- and often with fewer costly surprises as well.

2. Do a thorough engine and systems check and a test run before you take your boat out for its first big trips of the season - So many boaters end up with having major repairs or getting stranded unexpectedly if they don't check things out before they're hitting the water for long periods of time. Staying on top of what is happening with your boat - on-season and off -- is key.

Keep this checklist in mind for your spring maintenance.
  • Change the oil.
  • Replace fuel filter and water separator and inspect coolant levels.
  • Check batteries and confirm that connections are secure.
  • Check all zincs on hull and running gear 
  • Inspect all hoses and hose clamps.
  • Check shaft log and rudder packing for leaks.
  • Clean and polish exterior.
  • Inventory and inspect safety equipment - check dates on flares and fire extinguishers.
  • Check operation of bilge pumps.
  • Check electrical connections for corrosion  - including shore power cord.
  • Check communications and navigational equipment and lights. 

3. Have a back up plan for your onboard communications equipment - So many people are such steady smartphone and computer users that they forget the importance of including a back up plan for their onboard communications equipment.  Or they try and rely too heavily on spotty cell reception and uneven Wi-Fi access while out on open water. Don't get caught in a dangerous situation - for you or your boat - with communications or navigational equipment that is in sub-par condition.  Letting people know what you are up to from time to time while you are underway is also key.  Staying prepared and in contact helps ensure that you can get help if and when you need it most.

Meet Our Crew

Every e-newsletter, we highlight one of the interesting and highly experienced people who make Atlantic Yacht Basin so unique.  This time it's James Taylor, our Vice-President and COO, who is incidentally one of the longest serving employees of the company.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  I still commute from there to Chesapeake, Virginia every day to work at AYB.

When did you first start working at Atlantic Yacht Basin?  Where did you start?  
I started in the Machine Shop as a mechanic in 1968.  I loved it then and I have loved it ever since.

What do you think makes Atlantic Yacht Basin different?
In my opinion, it is the personal touch that goes into everything that we do.  From the skill and pride in their work that our employees and craftsmen demonstrate to the many friendships we walk away having with customers, everyone at AYB goes that extra mile.  Working with Atlantic Yacht Basin is not like working with other more typical boat yards. We really love your boat like you do -- and it shows.

What do you love most about your job?
How many people can say that they come to work every day to a place that they love?  I love my work -- I love the boats, love working with the other people here and meeting new and interesting people all the time.  It's never the same except for the fact that I have loved it all of these years.  My wife calls this job my "mistress", because it has meant so much to me and I have devoted so much time to it over the years.

What first drew you to working on boats?  
Boating is in my family and in my blood.  I was raised on it and went to work in a shipyard as a younger man because of that.

What are your favorite boats that you have worked on over the years?
Asking me to pick a favorite boat is like asking a father to pick a favorite among his children.  I have had the rare privilege of being able to work on so many great boats and with so many great owners over the years.  From one-of-a-kind custom beauties to vessels that are pieces of history to the newest top-of-the line yachts, I've seen them all and hope to see many more.

If you could have any boat you wanted, what would it be?
I am still amazed by so many of the yachts that come through the Yard.  But for fun, I am a "go-fast" kind of guy -- so for me, the ultimate is a speedboat.  

What do you wish that guys coming up in the company now could have seen that you have witnessed in person?
There is something about the old-school traditions of building and maintaining boats that is really vanishing.  The good news is that we are keeping that alive in the best ways at AYB.  We respect history and tradition, but we also stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest marine trends.  But I have seen so many fascinating, wild, and beautiful things over the years working in this place and I wish that everyone that I work with could see what I have seen.  

What are your other passions besides boats?  
Well, I am a fan of what I call "land yachting" -- my family and I love to take our RV out and explore.  And I am a Harley guy -- which is a place where I indulge my passion for going fast and seeing the world.

Where do want to go next on your motorcycle?  Your boat?
Hitting the open road, it has to be the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota.  On open water, I really want to spend some time exploring the coast of Maine -
which they say has enough deep water harbors to accommodate all the world's navies at once.  I've seen the islands and the Southern side of things - but Maine is my next dream spot.

Calendar of Events

Boating/Nautical Events

Opsail 2012

June 1 -12, 2012
The Port of Virginia will once again host an impressive fleet of tall ships, navy and military war ships representing the world. OpSail 2012 Virginia is planned to illuminate the community with spectacle and festivity, and will place our Commonwealth front and center on the world stage. It's also the Bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812.

Norfolk Harborfest
June 8-11, 2012
36th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® presented by AT&T
Launch your summer with the area's biggest dock party! Fireworks, live music by national acts, food and fun activities and much, much more.

Other Local Events

Dismal Swamp Half Marathon

April 14, 2012
Join us for the 6th Annual Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon and the 4th Annual Children's Half-Mile Cub Run in beautiful Chesapeake, Virginia.

Paddle for the Border
May 5, 2012
Day: Saturday
Times: 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
Address: 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Calling all Paddlers!! Join the fun and come to Chesapeake to participate in the ninth annual event!

Wine Festival
May 12, 2012
6th Annual AT&T Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Celebrate Spring while sampling and purchasing great Virginia Wines!

Chesapeake Jubilee
May 17-20, 2012
Day: Thursday
Times: Friday - 5 PM - 11 PM, Saturday - 10 AM - 11 PM, Sunday - 12 PM - 7 PM
Location: Chesapeake City Park
Address: 900 Greenbrier Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Recurrance: Recurring daily
The 2012 Chesapeake Jubilee kicks off Thursday, May 17th. This year's event is sure to be nothing short of spectacular. The Jubilee will again host the Annual Chesapeake Kiwanis Shrimp Feast and the Annual BBQ Cook-off Competition.

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