The History of Atlantic Yacht Basin


Since 1936, AYB has been a family owned, full-
service boat repair and storage facility. Now, nearly 80 years later, a third generation
leads Atlantic Yacht Basin with the same values and high standards of craftsmanship, quality,
and integrity, standards established by pioneer founder D. Dunwoody Atkinson. In the midst
of the Depression, he invested his savings and built AYB, creating a man made basin at
mile 12 on the Intracoastal Waterway. “People in Norfolk swore I’d starve to death,”
Atkinson remembered. But he thrived, because he provided a combination
that no other East Coast boat yard could: fresh water, salt free air, a good hurricane
hole, and first quality work. From the beginning, AYB trained its own ship carpenters. That
attention to detail lives on today. Over the decades, the AYB name became synonymous with
excellence. Earning a reputation as one of the best boat repair facilities on the Eastern
seaboard. Serving the likes of the presidential yacht Sequoia, as well as vessels owned by
Humphrey Bogart and Walter Cronkite. For all boat owners it comes down to one thing: trust.
These days AYB’s docks hold more than 200 vessels, and each year its skilled team of
experts repair, refit, and remodel hundreds of boats from across the U.S., as well as
Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. More than 95% of all sail boats and cruisers travelling
along the ICW, between New York and Miami, will pass AYB. It looks vastly different from
three generations ago, but what hasn’t changed is our proud tradition and long time dedication
to quality, craftsmanship, and excellence. AYB’s founding legacy is alive and well today,
and our mission today is the same as it was in 1936: to serve you.

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