Board supports naming Deltaville the ‘Boating Capital of the Chesapeake’
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution on October 2 supporting the efforts of the Deltaville Community Association (DCA) to have Deltaville named the official “Boating Capital of the Chesapeake.”
The lengthy resolution states that the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Sea Grant program conducted an assessment and determined that a “conservative” estimate is that the boating industry in Deltaville generates $53.9 million per year.
The resolution states that the VIMS business development office has recognized Deltaville as the area where the marine industry has had the largest economic impact in the geographic area between Annapolis, Maryland, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The resolution also states that Deltaville has approximately 2,000 wet boat slips and 1,200 dry boat slips and over 20 marinas and boatyards.
In addition, according to Chesapeake Bay magazine, Deltaville has the distinction of earning over 20 “Best of the Bay 2012” designations, which include boatyards, marinas, canvas shops, tackle shops, engine repair, and electronic sales and installations. Deltaville’s Southern Chesapeake Bay Leukemia Cup is ranked as the best regatta on the Chesapeake Bay, states the resolution.
Also, notes the resolution, in September of 2002 the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park was created to collect and preserve the boatbuilding and marine history of Deltaville, and was also responsible for rebuilding of the 64-foot, log-bottomed buyboat “F.D. Crockett.”
Deltaville has numerous marine supply stores. West Marine, a national marine supply store, recently placed one of its largest East Coast stores in Deltaville, states the resolution.
Deltaville is home to a number of internationally-recognized sailboat and power boat dealerships. The geographic location of the Deltaville community in Middlesex, including its creeks and easy access to the Chesapeake Bay, has earned international recognition as a destination for berthing and marine services, states the resolution.
The Deltaville community has a marine and boat-related existence dating back several generations and has been widely recognized as the “Boatbuilding Capital of the Chesapeake Bay,” including having such a designation listing on the official Virginia Travel and Tourism website, states the resolution.
The resolution goes on to state that the Chesapeake Bay deadrise is the State Boat of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Deltaville is further notable for having been the primary place for building round-stern, cross-planked versions of the boat called the “Deltaville Deadrise.”
Boatbuilding is no longer a preeminent marine enterprise in Deltaville and other boating-related industries and activities have now, more than ever, become the mainstay of the economy.
The DCA is planning and implementing a sustainable economic development plan that includes the designation of Deltaville as the “Boat Capital of the Chesapeake” to promote and market the community’s boating industry.
The DCA recently applied for a United States Federal Trademark designating Deltaville as the “Boating Capital of the Chesapeake.”