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Re: Woud YOU take a Newport 30 offshore?

This doesn't exactly fit the main question from a few years ago, but it's a crazy anecdote so I'll tell it.

I have one of the little Newport 20s as my smaller boat (very few were made - you can sometimes see the same boat with minor accessory differences as a Neptune.) I have sailed the everloving hell out of that little thing - added solar panels, a raymarine ST1000 autotiller, a color chartplotter and sonar, harnesses, auto-inflating PFDs and assorted radios. She even has a dinghy that's nearly as big as she is that I tow behind. I joke that she's the best equipped 20 on the west coast but it's probably not really a joke.

While I wouldn't necessarily call this offshore, it's much farther than most casual sailors take much larger boats: I've taken that little boat from MDR to Santa Barbara Island three times - around 40 miles offshore - and close to San Nicolas once (about 66 miles but I only went as close as I dared - it's a a naval base and once I could see the silhouettes of large naval ships catching light in the sunrise, it seemed like a good time to turn around and head back to SBI).

It's a little mortifying - I've raced storms and fog back to Marina Del Rey for the whole trip, surfing down swells the size of that little boat. Those long weekend adventures are why she's equipped so well for such a small vessel. The solar panels are enough to keep the batteries topped off with the chartplotter and autotiller running. I've steered her for the entire trip before but that's close to 12hrs each direction, usually, unless the wind is just perfect or I run the engine. There's usually a long lull in the middle of it where I'm just bobbing around wishing for a breeze. It's grueling - and doing it solo (as I have all but once) is a lonely but wonderful trip.

I have an Ackerman Newporter that I've taken out there a couple times as well and the difference is phenomenal. The trip becomes utterly effortless in a big cruising sailboat.
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Re: Woud YOU take a Newport 30 offshore?

I dont like to badmouth designs...for the most part production boats with some decnet and thoghtfull mods are fine for offshore...racing is another story.

having said that when I was in san francisco there was big news when a newport 30 lost its keel out the gate I beleive, or after hitting something inside the bay, Im trying to find the article but it was published in latitude 38

they are one of a very few distinguished boats to have that happen...


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Re: Woud YOU take a Newport 30 offshore?

If that Newport 30 is "Sea Ya" (from a Jan 2006 Letters column) she had run aground - but that was down in La Paz not SF. There were comments to the effect that the area of the hull around the keel may not be sufficiently robust.
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If that Newport 30 is "Sea Ya" (from a Jan 2006 Letters column) she had run aground - but that was down in La Paz not SF. There were comments to the effect that the area of the hull around the keel may not be sufficiently robust.
THATS IT!

sorry

for the not exact accuracy but I followed up on that story while it was happening and they say a lot of them suffered from bad layup aft of the keel contributing to a very flexy and wobbly rear end if you will

that and pay attention to the galvanised bolts...if there is a big gap then its possible to have severely rusted bolts

I clearly remeber though seing the hull with no keel laid up on the beach front

thanks for the refresher
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Re: Woud YOU take a Newport 30 offshore?

No, i wouldn't take a Newport 30 off shore. Just not built for it as cited previously.

I was under the impression that Newports couldn't be stored on their keel while in storage due to the lack of structural support. I could be wrong. I see a few in special cradles suspended off the ground.
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Re: Woud YOU take a Newport 30 offshore?

I read up they lack longitudinal stringers aft of the keel and if on the hard you must make sure no stands are placed there...

this applies to many boats btw...
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Re: Woud YOU take a Newport 30 offshore?

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If that Newport 30 is "Sea Ya" (from a Jan 2006 Letters column) she had run aground - but that was down in La Paz not SF. There were comments to the effect that the area of the hull around the keel may not be sufficiently robust.
I googled your boat because I had never heard of it. The first thing that came up was a video of you and the boat on youtube (nice lime green camel toe!). Anytime you need a crew, let me know. I'm in Wilmington, just down the coast a bit. I'll bring the beer!
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Re: Woud YOU take a Newport 30 offshore?

Been onaNewport 34 alot...solid boat from what I could tell. Don't know about hull-deck joint.. great interior layout...great handling fin keeler..
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