Remembering the Vineyard Haven 15

Only fifty Fifteens were ever built. Photo courtesy The Vineyard Fifteen Website/A. Bowdoin Van Riper & Katharine P. Van Riper

MVTimes.com: She was born in the mind of master boatbuilder Erford Burt and built on the shores of Vineyard Haven Harbor. She has a long, sleek hull with a tall spruce mast above and a thousand-pound lead keel below. She is the Vineyard Haven Fifteen, a proud part of the Island’s maritime history, still going strong after nearly 80 years.

Photo courtesy The Vineyard Fifteen Website/A. Bowdoin Van Riper & Katharine P. Van Riper

Mr. Burt designed the Fifteen specifically for Vineyard waters. He based the lines on a class of boat built for Long Island Sound, reducing the size of the rig and adding a heavier keel to fit the high winds and choppy seas Vineyard sailors faced. The Fifteen was 15’ at the waterline (the source of its name) and 21’ from bow to stern: small enough for teenagers to learn on, but big enough to challenge adults.

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