Oyster Cove expands showroom, storage facilities

- Posted on May 01, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Friday marked the maiden voyage for the expanded Oyster Cove Boatworks and Yacht Brokerage, as the Gloucester business celebrated the expansion of its showroom and storage facilities. 

In addition to sales of new vessels, the business services Mercury and Yamaha motors to complement its stock of Intrepid Powerboats, Tidewater, C-Hawk, Cobia and Pathfinder vessels. The construction included the addition of a 20,000-square-foot building that houses 24 large storage bays with 14 currently available for lease, a press release stated. Owner Chris Leigh stated that Oyster Cove Boatworks opened the new building having already leased many of the units, some with long-term tenants.

One such tenant, Paint Medic, is a detailing company specializing in high-end autos and vessels alike. “They saw the opportunity for growth in the marine industry on the Middle Peninsula and wanted to be a part of that,” Leigh said.

Additionally, Leigh credited the expansion of Oyster Cove Boatworks with adding five new jobs to the area and more expected in the future. “We are humbled by the support the boating community has given OCB over the years and couldn’t be more proud to re-invest into our hometown of Gloucester by expanding the services offered, creating new jobs and showcasing just how much potential there is on the Middle Peninsula to do great business,” Leigh said.

Construction on the expansion began in June 2018, with other work beginning as far back as 2017. C.A. Barrs completed the site work and Delaware Corporation constructed the building.

Leigh graduated from Gloucester High School in 1998 and has been working on the site his business calls home since 1996, beginning as a boat washer and working his way up to being a business owner. “It was never a question for us on where to locate and expand our business,” Leigh said, adding “You don’t have to be in a marina to be able to bring that level of service and opportunity to mariners and a community.”