The Vineyard Haven Marina is the very best marina in the Haven. It has an amazing staff and is a good facility overall. Perhaps the only advice I can offer is to try for a slip close to the beach and have your bow to the shore or the sea. It was a little rocky just behind the T-head, but now that I am on the face dock with my bow to the beach, it’s perfect. In fact, I’m going to leave my boat here for a week while I fly home. The Dockmaster is always checking everyone’s lines and fenders, and I’m sure I can get one of the dock crew to check on my boat while I am away. It’s the kind of place you don’t really worry about security and let’s face it, if Obama is arriving later today for a 10 day vacation then the island is pretty well secured. Be aware however, that if the wind decides to swing around from the NE, then the harbor will get quite bumpy.
There are some strange liquor laws here in the Haven, but there is a second floor self-service bar at the end of the dock. There is a good mix of both big boat crew and owner operators, but everyone is very friendly.
If you really love this place, then it’s for sale for just over $4,000,000.00.
The Haven is by far one of the best stops on your way North.
I’ve added a short video of a bad day in the Vineyard Haven Harbor. In this short clip the wind speed is 22knots and we have swells rolling in the bay and marina. This is rare here but it does happen, when it does, move to a slip that allows ou to spring your boat off the dock.