There are few things that I enjoy more than poking around boatyards. I was lucky last fall to have a chance to spend some time on Martha’s Vineyard and to have an opportunity to visit the Gannon & Benjamin yard in Vineyard Haven. The shed that they started out using is still in use, although they now have a bigger building nearby. I hadn’t realized that these buildings are three sided so that they boat builder can roll the hull right side up when it’s complete. Poking around the shed there are all kinds of treasures that I can only imagine came from boats that were being refurbished and held onto in the hope that they could be useful in the future. This spinnaker pole perhaps falls into the same category. It was in a rack at the side of the shed, starting to show signs of being exposed to the elements.