When walking through Nantucket’s harbour in July you’ll see big private yacht after even bigger private yacht. Some yachts are so enormoous that I even saw a Mini Cooper on top of one of the ones I walked past.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of judging these wealthy tourists for displaying their money so ostentatiously and for (probably) damaging the environment with their petrol-guzzling machines, but it’s important to remember that the locals rely on the harbour for their livelihood. The tourism brings money into the economy and most, if not all, locals have their own boat for fishing, scalloping, crabbing, or catching whatever else is in season.
When I was in Nantucket, I stayed with a local family — who let me tag along to check their crab pots and have dinner with them on the water. We didn’t catch anything that day, but I hope to return for another go. These photos are from that outing.
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