Cape Yachts

Welcome to Cape Yachts

Cape Yachts has been in the business of matching the right boat to the right family since 1986. Serving the Southcoast, Cape & Islands with exceptional new and brokerage inventory, Cape Yachts prides itself on building and maintaining long-standing relationships. Authorized Beneteau, Hatteras, Austin Parker, Jupiter and Cobia dealer Cape Yachts was started by Dave Nolan, in 1986.

Dave Nolan, who lives on Cape Cod with his wife Jane and their three children, owns Cape Yachts with two locations in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and Newport, RI. Prior to being in the boating business, Dave was a CPA with Price Waterhouse. Then nearly 30 years ago in 1986, Dave fell in love with sailing and the waters off Nantucket. Wanting to run his own business, he decided to leave public accounting to found Cape Water Sports on Cape Cod. Soon after it became the largest Sunfish, Hobie Cat and Windsurfing shop in the Northeast. Three years later, Dave added Beneteau, Catalina, O’Day, Cal and Pearson to his stable of brands and changed the name of the business to Cape Yachts.

Growth, spurred on by the kind of expertise and service unique to Cape Yachts, continued through the 1990s making Cape Yachts the largest Beneteau dealership in North America with locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. During that time, Cape Yachts also began winning the coveted Beneteau President’s Award for superior sales and service – something we did for 18 consecutive years.

In 2006, Dave purchased the historic South Wharf Yacht Yard in Padanaram Village of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts saving the yard from being shutdown due to decades of environmental impact. This location, steeped in yachting history, was a key American shipyard during an important era in the marine industry. Founded by an Act of the Boston Congress in 1832, South Wharf has been the site of whale ship building by Mathew, Mashow & Co. as well as Ray Hunt’s drafting office where Ray designed the Concordia Yawl and worked on his famous Deep V hull that revolutionized the marine industry. The village of Padanaram is also where Herman Melville did a good bit of research for his classic ‘Moby Dick.’ South Wharf has since been upgraded and overhauled by Dave and now also serves as headquarters for Cape Yachts.

South Wharf Yacht Yard & Marina

One of New England's best kept secrets, South Wharf is a full-service yard and marina in the historic village of Padanaram, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Offering deep-water slips up to 130 feet, we're just across Buzzards Bay from Cuttyhunk, in the middle of New England's prime sailing and cruising grounds of Martha's Vineyard, the Elisabeth Islands and Nantucket. On the land side, South Wharf is only an hour from Boston and 30 minutes from Cape Cod, Newport and Providence.

South Wharf boasts the muscle and know-how for hauling and launching just about any kind of yacht you can think of. Our state-of-the-art facilities include a 55-ton travel lift as well as winter storage making us the go-to location for boaters who care about how their boats are treated. South Wharf's factory-trained and certified technicians are experts in the installation and repair of marine electronics, inboard and outboard engines, electrical, heating, plumbing and A/C. We're also the authorized servicing dealer of Yamaha, Volvo, Yanmar, Raymarine, Simrad, Garmin, B&G, Cummings, AB Inflatables and offer complete outfitting/repair and customization of sail and power vessels.

Marina Amenities

  • Quaint New England village setting
  • 100 seasonal / transient slips berthing up to 130'
  • 30/50/100 amp power
  • Deep water access
  • No overhead obstructions
  • 24 hour on-site security
  • Upscale residential style shower facilities
  • Laundry
  • Wireless Internet
  • Restaurant on site
  • Waterfront bar
  • Ice machines
  • Picnic area with gas grills

Nauti Janes Boat Rentals

In 2018 after years of requests, Nauti Janes Boat Rentals was born. Located at the marina at South Wharf, Nauti Janes is a boat rental business providing boat rental and pay-as-you-go boat memberships. Nauti Jane’s also has Paddle Board, Kayak Rentals available. If you are interested in learning more about Nauti Janes Boat Rentals,  please visit us online at


  • Phone: 

    (508) 994-4444

    Business Address: 

    252 Elm Street
    Dartmouth  Massachusetts  02748
    United States

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