But for them, I would not be here

But for them, I would not be here

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To the Editor:

Regarding the 30th anniversary of the Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, I must say, if it weren’t for Nat and Ross, I probably would not have stayed here after my first visit to Martha’s Vineyard on a yacht in 1984. My world has changed a lot since deciding to settle here.

Since my experience with boating began with wooden boats, and since I cannot stand the smell of a fiberglass boat below decks, it was important to discover that, here, I was not alone in my aesthetic preference for sailing in wooden boats. Ross’s and Nat’s vision, industriousness and commitment to the boating community has served as an exemplary center to which people from all over the world have gravitated.

I owe them a lot, in ways that words and tangible compensation cannot account for. Thank you.

Malcolm Boyd

Tisbury