When looking for new, pre-owned, and used yachts for sale in Delaware, the amount of time it takes to narrow down exactly what you want can some times be frustrating. With so many manufacturers, models, and boat types, how do you begin to find the right yacht that meets your budget and your needs?
United Yacht Sales is the one-stop professional yacht brokerage that can navigate you through the pitfalls of boat shopping and help you make the best decision possible when it comes to its purchase. We can help you find the yacht for sale, set up the showings, help negotiate pricing, handle the yacht closing, and everything else involved, and we do all of this so you are able simply sit back and to enjoy the process. Buying a yacht requires a significant investment and it is our goal to provide you with detailed information and professional guidance.
When searching for a yacht for sale, there are a plethora of options. The yachts on our website number over 7,000 listings, including yachts built by top brands such as Hatteras, Viking, Bertram, Sea Ray, Azimut, Sunseeker, Ferretti, and more. United can also help you find the best used center-console boat in Delaware from brands like Yellowfin, Contender, and more.
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YACHTS LOCATED IN Delaware
38' Henriques 38 Flybridge 1988
Indian River, Delaware, United States
33' Wellcraft Martinique 3300 2003
Delaware City, Delaware, United States
32' Custom Carolina Ricky Gillikin Express 32 1994
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, United States
28' Carolina Classic 28 1998
Indian River, Delaware, United States
Known as “The First State,” among a few other nicknames, Delaware was one of the original 13 Colonies to participate in the American Revolution and the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution and join the Union in 1787. But ironically, was the last state to get a national monument, when Pres. Obama and Vice Pres. Biden dedicated the First State National Monument in 2013, which includes Dover Green—the site of Delaware’s ratification of the Constitution, along with 1,100 acres of preserved land between Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA. Delaware’s capital city is Dover and the location of Dover Airforce Base. Dover’s First State Heritage Park encompasses 18th century landmarks such as the Georgian-style Old State House around Dover Green that was laid out in 1717 following William Penn’s plan for a town gathering area.
Delaware is a small mid-Atlantic state that shares a peninsula with Maryland (west and south) and is separated from south New Jersey by the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. Pennsylvania borders on the north. Its strategic location gives Delaware easy access to major metro areas of the Northeast—Wash. DC, Philadelphia, PA, and Baltimore, MD are all within a 2-hour drive. It is the second smallest state with a landmass 96 mile long by 39 miles at widest point and fewest number of counties; New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. Delaware is one of only five states that do not have a sales tax and is considered one of the most tax-friendly states. Visitors can enjoy tax-free “retail therapy” shopping in malls and outlets in northern Delaware to “funky” beach boutiques, tree-lined main street shops, antique stores, and the many Farm & Country stores. Delaware offers many excellent opportunities for boating and outdoor recreation with beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches, Delaware Bay and River (which don’t freeze in winter months because of high saltwater levels), and many other rivers and lakes.
The largest city is Wilmington, located in the north (New Castle County) on the Delaware and Christina Rivers. Major interstate highways pass through the city (I-95, 295). Wilmington is known for The Riverfront, a waterfront district redeveloped from shipping industry days into the scenic heart of Wilmington’s downtown with parks, shopping, and restaurants, such as Big Fish on the Riverfront, Docklands Riverfront, and Timothy’s Riverfront Grill, along with many breweries, pubs, and taverns. During Colonial times, the Port of Wilmington’s merchants had ties to England, but in 1776 Delaware separated from British and Pennsylvania’s rule. Beginning in the late 19th century, Wilmington grew into a manufacturing center and investment dollars increased 8-fold from 1860 to 1900. The most notable manufacturer was the Du Pont Company. Delaware is known as the “Chemical Capital of the World” and a major portion of the state’s economy is based on chemical manufacturing (Du Pont de Nemours) and includes pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, and plastics. Delaware benefitted from both WWI and WWII in its gunpowder and shipyard industries, adding jobs especially in the Wilmington area. The shipbuilding industry along the Christiana River played a key role in the industrial revolution, through WWII and beyond, but shipyards no longer line the waterfront, as redevelopment in the mid-1990s has repurposed Wilmington’s valuable waterfront into a cultural destination, combining its rich history with great dining, entertainment, and shopping.
Sussex County in the southern end of the state was also a very important shipbuilding center with the Vinyard Shipyard in Milford, DE. Located on the Mispillion riverbank between US-1/Coastal Hwy and US Route 13 where more than 300 wooden ships were built between 1680 and 1927 in Milford shipyards. Vinyard Shipyard was founded in 1896 by Wilson Vinyard and is the last to survive in Milford. Vinyard was known for building quality sailing vessels and tugboats until WWI, when the yard built 110ft “sub chasers” for the US Navy, and again in WWII. Vinyard built luxury yachts ranging in length from 35ft to 52ft during 1927 to 1951. The yard ceased shipbuilding in 1951 but continued with repair work and building wooden boats until 1973. Eventually the shipyard fell into ruin until the Loflands, a local couple, purchased the property along with some antique Vinyard vessels, and restored it to museum quality. Named Delaware Historic site in 2016, the Vinyard site is currently being considered for the enhanced Milford Riverwalk project and part of the proposed 12-mile greenway belt along the Mispillion River extending to the Dupont Nature Center on Delaware Bay. The greenbelt and Riverwalk would expand outdoor and water recreational activities—kayaking, canoeing, biking, walking, and more.
History-rich Lewes in the southern Suffolk County, was founded in 1631 and is the first city of the First State and a key port for ships wending their way through the Delaware Bay and River to Philadelphia. Lewes was also an important shipbuilding town. In the 1600s there were no main roadways and land travel was difficult making travel by boat a necessity and instead of a First Street, the town’s first thoroughfare is the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal built in the mid-1800s, that connects the Broadkill River and Delaware Bay to Rehoboth Bay and is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Lewes, located on the Delaware Bay, was known for its fishing industry of the oily Atlantic menhaden, a fish similar to the sardine. It was harvested for its oil until the whaling industry took over. Lewes was a breeding ground for menhaden and the industry reached its peak during and after the Civil War, though it continued into the 1960s. Lewes is known as Delaware’s “most beloved town” for its charming, boutique-lined streets, waterfront restaurants such as Grain on the Rocks located at the Lewes Ferry Terminal, and Ryves Holt House, originally built in 1665, is the oldest standing building in Delaware. Today it houses the Lewes Historical Society Visitor Center & Gift Shop.
The southern coast features six duned beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, each with its own ambience and appeal: historic Lewes with waterfront dining—Big Fish Grill is known for “best seafood at the beach;” cosmopolitan Rehoboth Beach is the most visited city in Delaware, known for its famous boardwalk featuring Funland with arcade, 18 rides, and 13 midway games, Penny Lane Mall, restaurants—Obie’s by the Sea, Victoria’s Restaurant; family-friendly Bethany Beach with boardwalk, restaurants—Mango’s, Rusty Rudder, is just south of Delaware Seashore State Park at Indian River Inlet and features views of Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay; Dewey Beach attracts a young, active crowd to its nightclubs and bayside restaurants; located north of Rehoboth Beach, Cape Henlopen State Park features pathways through sand dunes that lead to The Point at Cape Henlopen, a lookout tower, and lighthouse; and Fenwick Island, a laid-back beach town with Delaware’s southernmost beach at Fenwick Island State Park featuring 3-miles of ocean beaches and access to Little Assawoman Bay.
Delaware’s scenic country roads lead to vineyards and wineries of Delaware-grown grapes, and country farms producing fresh produce for restaurants and Farmers’ Markets, legacies of Delaware’s agricultural heritage. Salted Vines Vineyard is located in Frankford, DE near the coast on Indian River Bay and offers a range of wines from dry to sweet, wine slushies, and many events with live music. Harvest Ridge Winery & Rebel Seed Cidery, located on the Mason-Dixon Line in Marydel, DE, is owned and operated by generations of the Nunan family. Varieties grown are chardonnay, viognier, malbec, and merlot. The winery hosts a Food Truck Competition in April. Pizzadili Vineyard & Winery, owned and operated by brothers Tony and Pete Pizzadili, features over 20 different wines from over 12 grape varieties and fruits produced in the traditions of Italian winemaking. The winery, located in picturesque Felton, DE, is also a venue for events. Nassau Valley Vineyards was founded in 1987 by Peg Raley and her father, Bob Raley, in Lewes, DE and is Delaware’s first and premier award-winning winery located on a quiet country road off of US-1, not far from Delaware’s great beaches and beach resorts. Peg Raley was instrumental in getting legislation passed in 1991 allowing Farm Wineries. Nassau Valley features a line of 14 wines, and offers Tours & Tastings, Farmers Market, Events, Wine Shop, and is an event venue.
Delaware on Tap—Delaware Wine & Ale Trail tour from north (Wilmington riverfront) to south (Atlantic coastal area), of the state’s craft beverage scene featuring craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Go to the VisitDelaware.com website to learn more and download a “Passport.”
Delaware is a popular state for establishing companies and corporations for its favorable tax codes and corporate-friendly laws, and many high-net-worth individuals choose to establish a Delaware LLC or other corporation for boat ownership to avoid personal liability, for asset protection, and flexibility in designating ownership for a group or sole person through the corporate name. According to Delaware Vessel Regulations, a vessel kept and/or used in Delaware for more than 60 consecutive days is considered to have Delaware as its principle state of use and must be registered with the State of Delaware, an easy low-cost process with no sales tax. United Yacht Sales’ Closing Department can offer expertise to its corporate and individual customers regarding Coast Guard Documentation and/or state registration.
Cruising visitors can contact the Delaware City Marina, located south of Wilmington on the Delaware River, a full-service marina and boatyard offering seasonal, monthly, and daily rates. Features floating docks, fuel, ice, ship’s store, and marine service.
The Canalfront Park Marina operated by the City of Lewes seasonally from April 1st – November 30th and features 19 boat slips for seasonal and transient stays. 13 of the 19 slips are for residents. Six slips are for transient boaters; two large slips can accommodate boats up to 55ft length/16ft beam with four small slips for boats up to 25ft/12ft beam. Marina basin may have been dredged since Feb 2020 when MLW was 2ft. The City of Lewes also operates Otis B. Smith City Dock which is a 200ft long floating dock in 4 sections and can accommodate vessels from 12ft to 120ft with a dock depth of 8ft at MLW. Slips can be reserved in advance for 7 consecutive days and extended depending on availability. Both marinas are located in the heart of historic Lewes and are within walking distance of the center of town shopping, dining, museums, and more. A shuttle is also available. All slips come with water and 30-50amp electric. Both offer pump-out service, laundry facilities, restrooms, showers, diesel fuel, ice, WiFi, ship store, picnic area, playground, tennis, service/maintenance, travel lift, and security.
The Anglers Marina, operating since 1963, offers 10 boat slips, fuel dock (diesel & gas) and is located in Lewes, south of the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal North Inlet. Low water depth is 12ft with a 3ft tide; amenities include restrooms, showers, water and electric hook-ups, pump-out, trash, cell reception, storage, and DIY commercial boatyard. Great dining is within walking distance. The Anglers Fishing Center operates a fleet of charter fishing boats.
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