Boats and boating

Island Harbors, Marinas Win Awards

Seven Martha's Vineyard boating operations have won 2020 Boater's Choice Awards from Cambridge-based marinas.com.

Cuttyhunk, Menemsha Harbors Delay Opening As Boating Season Looms

With shipyards prohibited under the state stay-at-home order from launching boats, at least two harbors have delayed opening for the upcoming boating season.

Return of the Schooner Valora

Eight years ago, the schooner Valora broke loose in a vicious August storm and smashed against the Vineyard Haven breakwater. Valora was gone.

Ketch Ayuthia Makes Maiden Passage Beneath New Lagoon Pond Drawbridge

Ayuthia, an 80-year-old wooden sailing vessel, made the first official passage through the new Lagoon Pond drawbridge Saturday morning.

Unicorn Leaves Her Home Port, This Time for Good

The legendary dragger has left her berth in Menemsha Harbor for the last time. Owner Greg Mayhew and his son Todd motored the 75-foot Unicorn over to New Bedford, where it will likely be salvaged for parts.

Officials Brace for Increased Boat Traffic on Menemsha Pond

As Menemsha Channel is dredged for first time in decades, Chilmark and Aquinnah officials are protecting Menemsha Pond from increased boat traffic.

Going to the Sea, One Page at a Time

As I do every year I’ve selected a pile of maritime books which may engage your imagination.

From the Erie Canal to Menemsha, a Magical Wooden Boat Trip

After a 440-mile journey that began in upstate New York in July, an old wooden boat named Majic has found a new home on the Vineyard. The fully restored 1957 Richardson sedan cruiser came to port at Menemsha Harbor on August 6.

A Dragger and Her Captain, Soon to Part Ways

Without any federal or state permits, the Unicorn is likely nearing the end of her long residency in Menemsha harbor. Capt. Greg Mayhew recently sold his groundfish permit — the last on the Vineyard — to The Nature Conservancy.

Gannon and Benjamin Launches Sleek New Design

The Gannon and Benjamin boatyard on the Vineyard Haven harbor was the scene of a festive launch Monday for a new design created by the venerable wooden boat yard. The Sheldrake is a gaff sloop daysailer and Nat Benjamin’s 85th original design.

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