Edgar­town, MA

Power & Motor Yacht - - EXPOSURE -

My wife and I have been boat­ing New Eng­land wa­ters for over 20 years. We, like so many oth­ers, started out in a small sail­boat, then moved on to big­ger sail­boats, and later to power. Dur­ing that time we trav­elled to many des­ti­na­tions, all of which had a charm all their own. But one re­ally stands out—Edgar­town, on the is­land of Martha’s Vine­yard. As you ap­proach from Nan­tucket Sound you catch sight of Edgar­town Light and then en­ter the in­ner har­bor of Katama Bay. It’s a beau­ti­ful body of wa­ter sur­rounded by stately homes and boats of every de­scrip­tion. Boaters with dinghies have ac­cess to beaches at Edgar­town light, Chap­paquid­dick, and Katama. If land trans­porta­tion is needed there are taxis and a good is­land-wide bus net­work, in­clud­ing one bus that picks up near the dinghy dock and runs to the Stop and Shop for pro­vi­sions; it’s free, too.

Edgar­town has two chan­d­leries, a wa­ter barge, and show­ers. The har­bor is pa­trolled con­stantly by the friendly and help­ful em­ploy­ees of the har­bor­mas­ter’s of­fice. They also run the clean­est pump-out boat you will ever see, seven days a week. The town it­self is beau­ti­ful with nar­row streets, white Colo­nials, and well-tended gar­dens. There are shops, res­tau­rants, and bars, parks, ho­tels, inns, and a the­ater for those rainy days. Edgar­town al­lows the vis­i­tor to do as much or as lit­tle as they pre­fer. It is my fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion. —Chuck­Cof­fey

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