Coast Guard to begin construction of new Menemsha boathouse

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — The Coast Guard has received all necessary regulatory permits to commence construction of a new boathouse at Coast Guard Station Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard in early September, 2013.

The original 6,000 square-foot boathouse, built in 1941, was destroyed by fire on July 12, 2010. A joint investigation, completed in 2011 by local, state, and federal authorities, was unable to determine a cause for the fire.

The approved scope of work includes construction of a 5,000 square-foot single-bay boathouse. The facility will include boat maintenance and crew support spaces as well as a new boat ramp. With the previous boathouse, Coast Guard crews would drive 30 minutes to use a local boat ramp for routine maintenance. Coast Guard appropriations included $10 million to plan, design and rebuild the boathouse.

BOSTON - A rendering of the boathouse design for Station Menemsha. The approved scope of work includes construction of a 5,000 square-foot single-bay boathouse. The facility will include boat maintenance and crew support spaces as well as a new boat ramp. With the previous boathouse, Coast Guard crews would drive 30 minutes to use a local boat ramp for routine maintenance. Image courtesy M.A. Mortenson Company.

A rendering of the boathouse design for Station Menemsha. The approved scope of work includes construction of a 5,000 square-foot single-bay boathouse. Image courtesy M.A. Mortenson Company.

Design-build contractor Mortenson Construction expects to start the week after Labor Day and initial activity will include the installation of a temporary structure to support crane activities. The structure concept improves on the original plan of using only a barge for crane operations. Following discussions with the town of Chilmark, the Coast Guard adjusted its plan to reduce impact on adjacent town mooring facilities and avoid barge contact with the marine bottom.

Much of the large material deliveries for construction during the winter will be transported by barge.  Smaller interior-work material deliveries and materials procured form on island suppliers will come by road.

The Coast Guard expects to complete the project by summer 2014.

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  1. Maurice C. Poulin says:

    I served as OinC feom 1954 to 1958 and the ramp and hoisting engine was sufficient to raise and work on all our boats at that time we had a 36′ MLB 38′ gasoline powered picket boat and a 36′ utility boat.
    The boathouse was used by Boy Scouts for sleeping quarters when requested
    I am very to see that is being rebuilt and according plans seems to become very useful for all its needs