Boat builder’s shed rises on empty Tisbury waterfront lot

Work proceeded on the boat shed Wednesday under cloudy skies. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The frame of a boatbuilder’s shed rose on what’s known as the “Boch lot,” a vacant property on the Beach Road shore, next to The Martha’s Vineyard Times office.

Theodore “Ted” Box, a builder and driftwood furniture maker, and his son Jake plan to build a 90-foot scow, a flat-bottomed boat with sloping sides. The wooden boat will be constructed of “old growth” oak, yellow pine, and white pine.

Mr. Box said the plans for the boat came from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

Mr. Box said he intends to use her in a variety of ways, for example, as a seagoing classroom for educators and in programs for young people, such as Vineyard Voyagers, a nonprofit seafaring organization.

“We think we’re going to have a lot of fun out there,” Mr. Box said in a recent interview.

He leased the property for six to nine months from Ernie Boch Jr., president of Boch Automotive, whose family owns the property.

Mr. Box has erected the frame for what will be a temporary, 40-foot by 72-foot wood structure with plastic on the sides, where he and Jake will work on the scow under cover.