What Makes Us Different
A Yacht Dealership with a Difference
Cape Yachts has been in the business of matching the right boat to the right family since 1986. In those years, we’ve learned a thing or two about building and maintaining long lasting relationships by providing exceptional new and brokerage inventory along with the advice, service and support to earn our clients trust and loyalty.
We’ve built our business one relationship at a time through our expertise in selecting and maintaining yachts for the most knowledgeable boaters in the Northeast. After the sale, we provide the kind of no-compromise service that keeps a great yacht great and a boating family happy on the water. We realize that the only promises that mean anything are those kept.
These may not sound all that earth-shattering, but like the old saying goes – the most profound truths are the simple ones.
Cape Yachts service is available at our South Wharf Yacht Yard located in Padanaram, South Dartmouth. South Wharf is a full-service boat yard and marina offering extensive capabilities in yacht outfitting, construction, repair and customization.
We are capable of addressing most any marine repair or modification and are best known for providing prompt, friendly and customer centric services. We manage and care for boats and yachts from a simple tender rigged with an outboard to complex 80’+ sailing and power vessels. We are always interested in making our services available to new clients and welcome you to stop by for a visit to discuss your needs.
For more information, or an estimate on any of our services, please call us today or stop by for a visit.
South Wharf Yacht Yard has recently undergone a $3.7 million dollar makeover to turn it into THE yard for New England boaters searching for the best in marine service. This extensive upgrade includes a total retooling of our shops, a state-of-the-art pressure wash facility and climate controlled boat sheds that allow us to work on your prized yacht any time of the year. We also have a state-of-the-art stormwater processing system and even an on-site restaurant.
South Wharf Yacht Yard has the tools as well as the talent on hand to service any vessel from a simple 6’ dinghy to a 130’ sail or motor yacht. Equipment includes a new remote controlled 55-ton travel lift to haul vessels up to 60’, a new 35-ton hydraulic trailer & truck and a five-ton hydraulic trailer and truck (perfect for smaller outboard boats 17’ to 30’), plus an 18,000 lb. mobile boom truck crane.
South Wharf’s certified mechanical team loves what they do. And that enthusiasm shows through with their impeccable reputation in both inboard and outboard systems. They are also experts in running gear service, systems upgrades, fuel systems, bow thruster and windlass installations. Our mechanical team stays up-to-date with the ever-evolving marine technologies through annual service schools and constant technical reading on Volvo IPS systems and the latest in Cummins and Yanmar technology. Plus, we've obtained our 5-Star Master Class Yamaha Certification.
- Electronics & Electrical
A sophisticated electrical and electronic system is as much a part of today’s yacht as a diesel engine or a sail. The electrical technicians at South Wharf are all ABYC certified and adhere to the highest industry standards whether they’re installing custom navigational packages, updating wiring systems, or supplying power to systems throughout the vessel. We are a Master RayMarine, SIMRAD, B&G and Garmin dealer in addition to our electronic technicians being factory trained and certified in warranty service for all our brands.
There is nothing like the feel of a well-loved boat – but the years can and do take their toll. The finish department at South Wharf is just what you need to add extra years to your well-loved boat. We can give your vessel a new lease on life by fabricating parts and molds, replacing bulkheads and, in general, providing a thorough sprucing-up. For more information or an estimate, please call us today or stop by for a visit. We’ll be happy to make our services available and more than happy to take you on a tour of our facilities.
From cleaning and servicing winches to replacing lifelines, from running rigging to rewiring masts and testing shrouds, the rigging masters at South Wharf know all the finer points of the trade to make your boat or yacht as shipshape as she can be. We also offer indoor rack storage for masts and booms throughout the year in our dedicated spar sheds. For more information, or an estimate, please call us today or stop by for a visit. If you’re lucky, you might even see one of our expert riggers in action.
- Sail Loft
South Wharf Yacht Yard is home to the renowned Buzzards Bay loft of Doyle Sails featuring the work of Bill Ribar and his son, Doug. Bill and his highly skilled crew not only repair sails to pristine condition, but also build custom sails coveted by racers and cruisers across New England. Visiting the loft is a must when visiting South Wharf. Doyle Sails’ reputation for impeccable attention to detail, quality of construction and application of the latest technology to the ancient art of sail making has made Buzzards Bay loft an icon in the industry and supplier of some of the world’s most spectacular yachts.
How many dealers can you think of that own a full-service boat yard and marina? There are many aspects that separate Cape Yachts from the rest, but this is certainly one of the bigger ones. When we bought the historic South Wharf Yacht Yard in 2006, it was to create a state-of-the-art facility able to handle just about any need our customers would have from routine maintenance to radical modification of today’s most sophisticated yachts. This has included multi-million dollar upgrades to infrastructures, equipment, and most important – our team of technicians.
How many dealers can you think of that are not only the sales dealership, but more importantly, are the Authorized Factory Trained Service Center for the equipment installed by the builder of your yacht – including Volvo Penta, Cummins, Yanmar and Yamaha engines, Raymarine, Simrad, B&G and Garmin electronics and KVH and Intelian Satellite Systems?
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How to keep a great yacht great
Cape Yachts’ brand of unmatched service is available at our South Wharf Yacht Yard. Our full-service boat yard and marina offers extensive capabilities in commissioning, customization, repair and repowering for everything from a simple tender to large complex sail and power yachts.
The technologies that go into a new yacht these days are not something you can familiarize yourself just by thumbing through the manual. This is why our staff is composed only of the most competent, highly trained, and experienced mechanics, technicians and artisans in the country. In most cases, they have received special factory training so you can keep your best girl that way for years to come.
Our team is experienced in supporting our North/South clients that move their boats annually from the beautiful cruising grounds of the Northeast down to the southern climates of Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.