Vineyard Haven Harbor Deep in Winter, Yet Here Are Some Signs of Coming Spring

Vineyard Haven Harbor Deep in Winter, Yet Here Are Some Signs of Coming Spring

The depths of winter are upon us and Vineyard Haven Harbor shows an empty canvas. Few boats are still at anchor, mostly those with wooden hulls. The twin masts of the Shenandoah are topped by Christmas trees for the holiday season and the docks of the inner harbor are quiet and vacant.

Gannon & Benjamin, with plastic shed in place for winter work, sits quietly Jan. 4.

On a New Year's visit to the Vineyard I snapped some photos of what summer visitors never see--a harbor devoid of activity. However, while on the Vineyard I received news of the construction of a new Alerion Express 28 (see photos below) that will be skippered by Mo Flam in next summer's Holmes Hole races. Just the thought of Holmes Hole activities gets my blood racing and my hands ready to grab a sailing bag. See below for all images.

3xmas trees
Two-masted schooner Shenandoah set for the holidays.

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Inner harbor docks in winter slumber.

Inner harbor--plenty of mooring space now!

Outer harbor--a clear view across to the Vineyard Haven-West Chop shore.

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A clutch of wooden boats have the harbor mostly to themselves.

Shenandoah stripped to the bare essentials.

Below, Mo Flam's new Alerion Express starts to take shape.

Sparkling new hull fresh from the mold.


Inspecting the cabin.

Keel in place.

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