Utsch’s Marina was founded in 1951 with a story that began over 69 years ago. Originally from “Brewerytown” section of Philadelphia, Ernie Utsch Senior and Ernie Jr loved family visits to Cape May in the summertime. They purchased the party boat the Gertrude, and soon another the Tern. Ernie Jr told his dad it’s time to build a marina for our boats.
In 1960, the State of New Jersey decided that the old flat bridge would no longer serve the traffic traveling to Cape May, so to accommodate the building of the current “Cape May County Veteran’s Bridge,” the marina was moved and cut down in size. The family’s house, which had been built during WWII, had to be moved too, but the Utsch family persevered through these rough times.
Nestled between the Cape May Canal and the Historical City of Cape May is the historically significant “Schellenger’s Landing.” Originally a shipbuilding center for not only commercial fishing boats, but for tugs commissioned by the U.S. Government, locals and visitors alike today can still enjoy all kinds of activities in this unique area just before entering Cape May proper.
Throughout the years, we lost Ernie Sr. and Gertrude, and in 1994 we lost our beloved mother, RoseMarie and Ernie Jr in 2013. Ernie III and Charles are now at the helm and keep the family tradition going.
Still today, Utsch’s Marina caters to the “old ways and times.” We now have a 300 plus slip marina, with Fuel, Dockage, Bait & Tackle Shop, and a Ship’s Store to accommodate any part needed to keep your boat in “Ship Shape!”
If you visit us by way of the Ocean or Delaware Bay via boat, we have the “Southern Hospitality” charm on constant display. We want you to consider Utsch’s Marina as “YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.”
We have lots of activities to keep the entire family happy. We have the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center where you can learn about the local dolphins and whales in the area. The Jet Boat Adventures and East Coast Parasail provide more fun on the water. For you serious fishermen, we have charter boats residing at the marina to help you catch “the BIG ONE!”
1121 Route 109, Cape May, located right under the big bridge