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Old 03-15-2020, 06:29 PM   #21
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Simply asking a question "stirs the pot"? Ann's very large family is from that part of the country, and we've spent a lot of time up there and that doesn't sound right. "I'm curious why" questions usually trigger long good natured expositions. Is Chilmark somehow different? Would it be better if I called them?
A lot of the homes in Chilmark are summer homes. There are locals and then there are off islanders. My sister has spent 25 years working her way into the local fabric. This is an inconvenience for me, nothing more. If I were there in person, I might stick my toe in. Doing it over the phone, you have no idea how people take it or where it goes. If it was important, I would ask her to do it.

Thanks for asking though.

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Old 03-16-2020, 02:58 PM   #22
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Just a thought, there are some slips at the marina. Perhaps the slip water depth at MLW is such that it is not practical for the rag baggers. So the moorings are for them. Iím sure they charge more for a slip than they do for a mooring, so they want to force you into a slip, if possible.
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If it's your first time there, I recommend that you skip mooring in Vinyard Haven and Menemsha and get a mooring in Oak Bluffs or Edgartown. Vinyard Haven harbor can be pretty rolly and the town is kinda dull. Menemsha is nice, but you can see the whole town on foot in about 10 minutes. Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are the most interesting places to visit, IMO. The local bus service is cheap and excellent, BTW.


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Old 03-20-2020, 01:35 PM   #24
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The Aquatic Park harbor in San Francisco, close to Fisherman's Wharf, also prohibits engine powered vessels. I was told it is because of the exhaust pollution that motor vessels emit. But I see sailboats motor in all of the time and some use their outboard powered dinghies to go ashore. What gives??
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I have no idea why Menemsha doesn't take powerboat reservations for their moorings. I can tell you, having sailed that area for 30 years and never having gone into the harbor for a mooring, that the mooring space is extremely limited. I didn't even know they had rentals. There are a few moorings right outside the harbor jetty entrance but it is a bit rolly. There is good anchorage to the west of the jetty with fair protection from the southwest (and none from the north) which is where I typically anchor in calm weather. In general, I would suggest that Menemsha is a nice lunch spot but not a great overnight anchorage. Better to head for Tarpaulin Cove on Naushon about 3-4 miles to the northeast of Menemsha. Tarpaulin is much better in any northerly breeze and even in a moderate southwest breeze. Tuck in behind the lighthouse and as close to the beach as you dare. Tarpaulin Cove was famous as a harbor of refuge in sailing days for schooners. Cuttyhunk is another nearby possibility.
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I have no idea why Menemsha doesn't take powerboat reservations for their moorings. I can tell you, having sailed that area for 30 years and never having gone into the harbor for a mooring, that the mooring space is extremely limited. I didn't even know they had rentals. There are a few moorings right outside the harbor jetty entrance but it is a bit rolly. There is good anchorage to the west of the jetty with fair protection from the southwest (and none from the north) which is where I typically anchor in calm weather. In general, I would suggest that Menemsha is a nice lunch spot but not a great overnight anchorage. Better to head for Tarpaulin Cove on Naushon about 3-4 miles to the northeast of Menemsha. Tarpaulin is much better in any northerly breeze and even in a moderate southwest breeze. Tuck in behind the lighthouse and as close to the beach as you dare. Tarpaulin Cove was famous as a harbor of refuge in sailing days for schooners. Cuttyhunk is another nearby possibility.
Kind of a long dinghy ride to visit my family in Chilmark Martha's Vineyard.

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Kind of a long dinghy ride to visit my family in Chilmark Martha's Vineyard.

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I didn't catch that you were visiting MV rather than just cruising. I'm sure you probably know that Vineyard Haven is the next big harbor. However, while I wouldn't recommend the moorings outside Menemsha for a peaceful night's sleep, they are decent safe moorings and I'd trust leaving a boat there while visiting on shore. I'd use my own mooring lines though, last time I was there they were pretty scuzzy. And, don't try to dinghy against the tide coming out of Menemsha Pond. Pretty fast current unless you have a planing dinghy.
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