Petite harbor is just what Boston needs

Boaters enjoy sailing in Boston Harbor.
David Gordon
Boaters enjoy sailing in Boston Harbor.

AS THE producer of a PBS network documentary on the cleanup of Boston Harbor and as a longtime sailor out of that same harbor, I found myself largely in agreement with the case put forward by Mike Ross (“Struck in dry dock,” Op-ed, Feb. 17) for more robust utilization of our waterfront district.

Where I part company is on the matter of substantially expanding access to large commercial vessels. Boston’s inner harbor is tiny by any standards, international or domestic. Comprising barely 500 acres, it doesn’t come close to cracking the top 100 container ports worldwide. Nor should we wish it to be there.

What the harbor does offer is a panoply of recreational boating opportunities, available to all. Now that the city and the waterfront have been stitched back together by the Big Dig, Bostonians and visitors alike have discovered this aquatic gem. Let’s not undo this great good thing with a misplaced Walter Mitty-like fantasy of Boston as a mighty commercial seaport.

Richard Gönci