Houseboats Debated at Martha’s Vineyard Meeting

A houseboat in Woods Hole Harbor. Photo Tom Richardson
A houseboat in Woods Hole Harbor. Photo Tom Richardson

According to an article in the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the Martha’s Vineyard All-Island Planning Board (AIPB), which comprises representatives from the 6 Vineyard towns, met recently to discuss the island’s housing crisis and explore new housing solutions.

Eventually the discussion turned to houseboats. Vineyard Haven artist, fisherman and charter captain Jeff Canha, who already has a houseboat in Vineyard Haven Harbor, proposed the viability of floating tiny houses to help mitigate the housing shortage.

His proposal was met with opposition from several islanders, one of whom called Canha’s houseboat “offensive.”

Yet the possibility of more houseboats in the harbor is on the table. “As a town we have to look at what happens in the harbor,” said Tisbury representative Dan Seidman. “At the moment, there’s nothing stopping there being 100 of them.”

Read more about the possibility of more houseboats in Martha’s Vineyard harbors.