San Diego increasingly popular for super-yachts

SAN DIEGO — Fifth Avenue Landing, San Diego's luxurious new downtown docking facility for super-yachts up to 300 feet long, is just the latest development in the city's growing super-yacht industry, according to a report on

The city hosts a number of super-yacht designers, builders and brokers, and also holds an annual "YachtFest" show, which will take place in September and is expected to draw an international super-yacht crowd, CNN reports.

In addition to Fifth Avenue Landing, the city supports a number of large marinas, including the Kona Kai Marina, Shelter Island Marina and The Wharf, that cater to yacht-owning clientele, according to CNN.

Part of the push behind the industry comes from the San Diego Super-yacht Association, which was formed in 2006 and is made up of local super-yacht designers, builders and brokers, CNN said.

Super-yacht director of Marine Group Boat Works and founding member of the SDSA, Fred Larsson, told CNN a combination of facility improvements, new marinas, marina expansions and an effective marketing campaign are behind the city's super-yacht success.

"San Diego had the basic requirements of super-yachts covered already with the natural deep water harbor, year round superb weather, geographic location as the gateway to the Pacific and a wonderful youthful city. Then when you add the super-yacht facility upgrades it's a no brainer. San Diego has it all," he told CNN.

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