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Newport 41-MK-II/S
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Description: Newport 41-MK-II/S
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sun June 14, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Designed by real naval architects on the tail end of the CCA. To this date, this represents the best combination of offshore designs built with exceptional strength and sailing ability. Uncompromised ratios of beam to length, a powerful sailplan, a keel that can go up and still track off wind makes this boat a thrill to sail. Fine foreward entry allows the boat will go to weather easily in 45 kts 8-10 foot seas without pounding.This is a boat appreciated by experienced sailors not influenced by todays marketing driven designs.

Easily driven hull. (exceptional light air performance.Generally is faster than most new racer cruisers up to 45 feet
Exceptionally good helm.
Proper strenght of construction in stress areas
(chainplates, mast step etc
Proper design below (functional for offshore voyaging)
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Registered: January 2002
Posts: 149
Review Date: Wed November 2, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Handles well in all conditions, tough offshore boat

Bottom line: Fast, easy to sail boat that does better the worse conditions get.

We bought this N41 after a number of years chartering many different boats. Took input from each member of the family to work up a list of desired features.

A large cockpit that is still workable offshore was a key need. While we often race with six or seven, we shorthand with two. It's divided at the steering pedestal in a way works well for both cruising or racing with a crowd.

A view out of the cabin was valuable to avoid a "down in the pit" feeling. The N41 lower freeboard with a slightly taller trunk cabin gave us that view.

Interior is just three steps down from the cockpit. The interior doesn't have the "wide open ballroom" issues of some volumized boats, however the boat still feels spacioius because nothing was minaturized duirng the design.

Seperate shower next to the head, big galley, and engine placement under the settee L are great. In addition to the cockpit lazarrette, there is a huge open storage area under the entire cockpit - four dinghys easily. (Because the engine isn't there).

We wanted a smooth and easy motion because one of the family has some susceptibility to motion sickness. Found a spreadsheet that compared 1,100 boats using Marchaj's research on crew effectiveness, G-forces and motion that helped our search be successful. Narrow hull shape helps the motion control.

The boat has a lean hull, more easily driven than some of the wide boats out now. The stern stays fuller aft than the pinched IOR style, yet the rudder stays in the water when heeled. Reaches like a banshee.

Moderate overhangs. Deck generally dry in seas over a little three feet (drier than other boats we tried). Good coamings on cockpit keep deck water out even at higher angles of heel and sea states.

The three best performance improvements so far:
-- Change the fixed offset prop to a Kiwi Feathering Prop. Under power gained +1.5 knots, and under sail most wind condtions gained +0.9 to +1.1 knots.
-- remove old 2:1 traveler and replace with 6:1 Harken windward sheeting traveller. Now adjusts with one hand from the windward side.
-- new main sail with the roach brought out to just clear the backstay (That's about +19 inches at the #2 full batten)

In late 2005 we bought the new 2+2 full roach main sail and now sail noticably faster and closer to the wind. With the old main the boat was pinching and speed dropped if you were closer than 37 degrees off the apparent wind. Meanwhile the new main is faster even at 27 degrees. New main is by Ullman Ventura 9.3 oz HA dacron.

In light wind areas other ownerers have added a 150 to 155% genoa that have worked well for them.

When racing, the stock 140% genoa leaves you looking for more power under 7-8 knots wind, however it's pretty good for most races here and woderful for daysail and cruising. Genoa shape will cause us to replace it next.

Earlier this year my wife was at the helm in 16 kts apparent, with 140% and one reef in the old main, and she had the boat speed at 8.1 knots.

The changes during the re-fit after purchase fell into some common themes:

1. Structural upgrades... (new chainplates from 316ss, bronze ball valves to replace all gate valves, new Delrin mast step, all new running rigging)

2. Operational ease... (new Schaefer 3100 roller furler, Garhauer adjustable roller bearing geona cars, self-tailing main halyard winch for the kids & wife, all Garhauer roller bearing blocks. Improved slab reefing for better down and aft pull. Integrated the Nexus electonics with GPS, radar and VHF). Added mid-ships cleats and larger fore & aft cleats.

3. Cosmetic... Awlgrip the tapered mast, replace interior and exterior canvas.

Sailing performance... LWL/Disp 240, SA/D 17. Beats to windward very well, tacking through 84 to 80 degrees depending on wind speed. LPS 127 degrees. Balances easily.

Needs: better electrical panel than the '70's and 80's norm, added ventilation. If you anchor out a lot, you will redo the bow roller.

If you haven't guessed, we love this boat. You are welcome to email us with specific questions.

Some photos of upgrades, rudder, offset prop etc are at

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