boats and boating

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.

Heading Out to Sea to Share the Bounty

On the day after Thanksgiving Nat Benjamin and a four-man crew cast off the stern lines of the gaff-rigged schooner Charlotte and set sail for the Caribbean. But it will be more than a cruising adventure.

From Duluth to Vineyard Haven, Island Family Sees America by Sail

When Tim and Trisha Colon bought a sailboat in Duluth, Minn., bringing the 45-foot boat home became a family adventure. With their two children, the Colons sailed the boat through the Great Lakes, down the Hudson River and across Long Island Sound to Vineyard Haven harbor.