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Newport 28
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Description: Newport 28
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat July 12, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We consider the boat to be an exceptional value. We have learned to live with, or work around the usual complaints. The leaking decks, small cockpit drains and an engine which is not easy to get to and noisy. We sail all of the Clear Lake/Galveston Bay area in a variety of wind and sea conditions. We have added a full bimini top with windshield and new North sails. We replaced the head, and installed a real onboard holding tank. The roller furling and lazy jacks make sail handling easy for one person. I have not attempted to sail her by myself. Practical Sailor magazine did a review of the boat in November of '92. I have that article available in text and Word 6.0/95 format.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu January 22, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Newport 28 is a tall rigged, sloop that will really move in light air , even with little sail up. Light displacement , rounded hull, raised cabintop ,and tall rig , make this boat quite tender , but give surprising interior room with standing room in salon. No mistake , the Newport 28 is lightly built with small cleats, puny cockpit drains, few handholds, mediocre woodwork, single lifeline ; but, for the money, it is certainly a good value. I don't think it was built to be a serious cruiser , since it is so light, but more of a racer/cruiser, weekender coastal type of boat. I don't ever plan to take this boat far from shore. Anyway, this is my opinion, take it for what it's worth. I singlehand the boat without any problem and it balances well with a smaller headsail and full main. This is my first "big" sailboat and have learned a lot with this boat.....be prepared to fix things as with any boat this age. Fellow Newport owners , lets have some feedback and figure out how to best maintain and sail this boat.
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Review Date: Thu March 29, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased the Newport28 as the bottom boat in a four boat sale. Each of us moving up into a larger boat. I really believe I got the most for the money. She did need many repairs. Starboard chain plate and bulkhead replacement. The cockbit sole injected with epoxy and fiberglassing the foward and cabin hatch covers. Refitting most deck fittings. The rest of the repair list was normal wear and tear which seem to never end, but I Love MY BOAT.
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Review Date: Tue November 6, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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First thing, i have to tell you is that i bought my boat without a sea trial because the previous owner couldn't keep the diesel engine running the day we planned to take it out. So i got the boat REAL Inexpensively!

Turned out to be a bad fuel pump, which i replaced with an electric automotive pump that works like a charm.

Bought the boat mostly because it was a copy of a C&C design, which meant it would move, and it just looks great.

I've had a bunch of boats, some bigger, some smaller, but never one that sailed any easier, comparably faster, or better.

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Review Date: Sun March 12, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $9,000.00 | Rating: 7 

 
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Okay- I have had the boat for a summer now. I like this boat a lot. It is lightly built with small cleats and small cockpit drains, but also light weight. I have been able to sail in very light winds. When the breeze is steady, I have been outrunning much larger boats. This is more impressive when considering that I am a sailing newbie. We love the large cockpit, but the tiller takes up the whole cockpit when underway. The throttle and shifter are in a location which is both hard to reach for the helsman and easily kicked by everyone else. The gasoline odors from the atomic 4 are pretty heavy in the cabin. I had the carb rebuilt, but the mechanic still has to come back and tune it. Perhaps that will help the odors. The mast wiring is only accesible by pulling the mast, so I still don't have a working steaming light. Having pointed out what I don't like, my Newport 28 is fast and inexpensive. My mooring neighbor sold his newport 28 years ago, then saw it at the brokerage and immediately bought it back. He says he will never sell it again. They are clearly pretty good boats.
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Petaris

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Registered: August 2006
Location: NW, Wisconsin
Review Date: Mon August 7, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $6,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Solid fiberglass hull, fast under low wind, standing room in salon
Cons: small cockpit drains, somewhat limited engine access

I purchased this Newport 28 (not the MKII but the original) in the spring of last year for $6000.00 (RIB dinghy and steel cradel included). It needed a fair amount of general clean up, a paint job, a new galley, and the head repaired but it has all been worth it. It sails nice and has been (for the most part) fun to repair. It has an OMC Zephyr Saildrive (gas) in it that with some work was brought back to life and now runs well. This is my first big boat and my first mono hull (I have a Windrider 17 trimaran as well) and I must say that I have been very happy with it.

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asivesind

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Registered: January 2008
Location: Berkeley
Posts: 27
Review Date: Sun March 30, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: stiff feel in a breeze, handles chop well, balances easy with some sail reduction
Cons: Atomic 4, small holding tank, kind of a pain to fill the water tank, over the cabin traveller.

I have only had this boat for a few months, but so far I am quite happy. For the money I really can't complain, sure their are some faults, plenty of things to upgrade, such as moving lines aft, self tailing winches, a better holding tank for the head, better lighting. For the most part though, this boat is easy to single hand, as long as you reef the main early or run a smaller head sail. This boat is really fast. I also sail her in S.F. bay, where the winds really kick, and the bay chop gets out of control, she handles the chop well, as the boat feels stiff. She is tender, but again, a reef does the job. I will also be putting in pressurized water and a better stove. I do like the storage as I always have plenty of room. I love this boat.
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ISWizard
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Registered: July 2009
Review Date: Sat July 4, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fast, fun, lots of space
Cons: It's difficult to get to and work on the foredeck

This is a great coastal cruiser! I bought mine last year, with a seized up Yanmar. After a lot of searching for a replacement diesel, I came up blank. Nothing will fit in that small space! I ended up with an outboard which serves my purposes reasonably well. I may upgrade to one of the new electric drive systems within a couple of years, if they get the bugs worked out of them. Meanwhile, I sail once or twice a week, and the boat is always fun, and easy to handle here in Santa Monica Bay, or out to Catalina. The cabin is remarkably comfortable for such a small boat, and makes for pleasant stays for my wife and I while at Catalina.
I've chosen to start using PETT Waste Bags in the toilet, and forget the whole holding tank/maintenance/plumbing hassle. While these bags seem a bit expensive ($30 for 12), they really work well, are disposable in the dumpster at the dock, and I can buy a lot of them for the cost and hassle of repairing and maintaining the marine head! Unless you're living aboard or away from shore for days on end, I highly recommend them!
My boat's equipped for flying a chute, but the foredeck is so tough to work on, with the domed cabin, that we seldom bother to raise the spinnaker. Going wing and wing seems to be quite manageable with this boat, so that's how we do our runs.
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PinkVoldo
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Registered: January 2010
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2
Review Date: Thu May 27, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Simple, fast
Cons: fumey, funny looking

Took a year boa share on a Newport 27' to see what I thought of having a sailboat. This boat is a good solo sailer. Have only done day trips so far. Atomic 4 seems pretty bomb proof. Fast in light winds.
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