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Newport Neptune 24
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Description: Newport Neptune 24
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sun September 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Have had boat since May 1994. Primarily used for cruising the Channel Islands of California but have raced in Wet Wednesday Races this summer.

This configuration has done well with great pointing ability keeping us consistently in contention with a Santa Cruz 24, same PHRF rating. They are generally better at pointing but not always and we tend to catch them (Santa Cruz) when running. Have been able to beat several Catalina 30's on elaspsed time.

Interior supposedly can sleep 6. Good luck. Port side settee back comes down to make suitable area for two while small person can sleep starboard settee with back removed. Have had small children sleep in vee berth. Adult in vee berth would have to use the filler cushion which then eliminates use of the porta-potti. With filler cushion removed, entry to Porta-Potti is from forward which gives privacy to area. I generally sail overnights with total of 2 aboard which is very comfortable.

Understand that an inboard engine was an option. I use Honda 4-stroke, 7.5 outboard which drives through water @ 6 knots.

Several modifications were made by original owner who raced out of King Harbor and supposedly did very well. Installed an intermediate shroud on mast to eliminate ppumping when sailing into chop. Replaced the #16 jib winches with #32's and moved the #16's aft to position outside of cockpit coaming. All lines lead back to cockpit.
I just installed single line reefing with line back to cockpit on starboard side next to mainsail halyard. Simple now to reef or unreef by self.

Boat is kept on make-shift trailer so no problem with blistering. Sorry bottom was painted by prior owner.

Very pleased with boat (GENESIS) especially after having had a small wooden boat before.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue December 28, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The Newport Neptune 24 is a shoal draft weekend cruiser. It has a voluminous interior for a 24' craft, berths for seven, albeit two must be small children, and is a fully furnished smaller version of the venerable Newport line. If you've been aboard any of her larger cousins (Newport 30' or 33'), you'll feel right at home.

I've had my Neptune for 4 yrs. It's a 1980 model w/shoal keel and standard rig. There is also a fin keeled and tall rig version. Mine came with only a working jib and main.

Sailing characteristics; I find it very predictable, although hard to "find a groove". It seems to need constant rudder trim to hold a course. It also doesn't seem to point as high as other boats of its "class". I'm sure it's due to the shoal keel. I'm hoping with the addition of a 130%
Genoa I might get a little help. The newer boats came with a 130 standard.

As far as being tender, the shoal keel is probably again to blame, but I find her action hitting a puff very predictable. Sailing in general, I'd give her a "B-" . I've been in out in some serious wind (30-35+) and she holds up well. I'm not sure how old my wire is, but it all seems in good shape. I added a backstay adjuster to tighten 'er up a little, but the real test will be when I hoist the 130 in a blow. Sailing in general, I'd give her a "B-"

I'm most satisfied with her layout and general construction. I did have severe blistering of the hull (thousands of pimple-sized blisters) that I handled two years ago by stripping off most of the gel coat and doing an Interlux Interprotect system of about eight coats. So far, it's
held up well. I've looked at her bigger sister ships (Newport 30 and 33) and she's a shortened version with much the same layout. I'm most impressed with the forward hatch that is huge and "molded in" without gelcoat to allow for natural light to filter through and illuminate the V
berth. It was a major selling point for me since I displace 6'4" and 290 lbs. and I can get through it just fine. Interestingly enough, on the larger models the head area ends up as a fully enclosed space that intrudes
into the hatchway. While this layout allows for more light to the head, it makes it too small for me to fit through. Guess I'll have to stick with my little pocket cruiser! ;-)

I made several small "livability" modifications, but the one most apparent was reducing the size of the forward bulkhead that separates the head area from the "walkway" thru to the forward vee berth. I basically cut most of it away, alowing access to the porta-potti from the side instead of the front. This opened up the V-berth area tremendously. The extra room that it afforded was well worth the effort. I suppose it would be harder but not impossible if you had a fixed head to remount it turned 90 degrees. I was able to remount enough of the teak end caps to completely finish off my cuts to the plywood bulkhead. All in all a satisfactory job.

The windows (real tempered glass instead of plexiglas) don't leak, the pop-top is a delight, and most appreciated is the generous headroom. I leave the bilge boards out, and the additional depth of the shoal keel gives me 6'+ with the pop-top down, and full stand-up headroom with it up.
That was the second major draw for me.

All in all I'm quite satisfied, and sorry that Capital Yachts couldn't endure.


Well, seems like yesterday I posted this, but time does fly!

It's now 8 years since she's joined the family. Got the 130 a couple of years back. Perfect fit. Satisfaction now oozes from my pores! Beefed up the electrical with twin batteries and solar panel, and now makes the best weekender for the growing family. read John Quinn's review. He didn't seem to think much of the starboard berth, but that's been my favorite! With a lee cloth it keeps you well kept in a seaway. Blister repair has held up well except for a few spots where one of my filler coats didn't kick well, but these are few.

in the FWIW department, I'll probably be putting her on the market late spring. It's time to move up, some I'm going to be moving out.

Look for;

Knot Ready II

on sale sometime in Y2K
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Review Date: Mon October 30, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The the Neptune24 is a good choice for a trailerable cruiser. I regularly overnight in it and find the cabin space roomy and comfortable for my wife and I. The boat is extremely well built and strong. It is not a fast boat and does not point very high, but with it`s shoal keel drawing only 2ft. ( with the 18in. dagger board up) it is a gunkholer`s dream.I sail in Clearlake Ca., S.F. bay, and Lake Tahoe.The Neptune sails well in most inland water conditions with winds up to 25-30 knots where she has trouble going to windward.
The boat trailers well on its tandem trailer behind my Yukon. Allow about 45min. to step and rig the mast . It takes two people to raise and lower the mast(a third person makes the job easier).
We love our boat and recomend the model to anyone interested in a safe strong easy to sail small cruiser.
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