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07-09-2012 11:34 AM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

Yeah, after talking it over we've more or less decided to keep the outboard. If we are going to do anything more than occasional coastal cruising (which we probably won't even do a lot of that) we'll be doing it on a different boat. For our family size, the Newport is perfect for weekends on the river but probably isn't really adequate for any serious ocean cruising anyway. It would be different if it were just the two of us, but we have 3 kids living at home (two teen/young adults and a toddler) and are planning one more before we're done.

I will search some more for a deck fitting but I don't think we have one. We'll create one I think.
07-09-2012 08:34 AM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

We have a 1970 Newport 27 and the water tank is filled from a deck fitting on the side rail of the port side of the cockpit.
07-09-2012 08:01 AM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

My water tank fills from inside in the bow and i have gotten use to it

I think piecing together a inboard motor is going to push the budget pretty bad out of shape by the time you do everything

I had a compleat motor that only need serious TLC and used up a good piece of the budget
07-08-2012 09:33 PM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

We searched for one, but couldn't find any. We'll create one if we need to, of course.
07-08-2012 08:37 PM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

a deck fitting?
07-08-2012 06:10 PM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

Thanks for the input! The boat is a 1970, so yeah it's pretty old.

We have been going back and forth on whether to do an inboard engine or not. If we do, it will absolutely be a diesel. The entire inboard and all its related hardware (except the gas tank, which we're planning to go ahead and use for the outboard) have been removed. We found an entire diesel replacement for the Atomic 4 for sale off another Newport that's being parted out, and it's pretty tempting. I don't know that we'll ever really go offshore, though, so it may be overkill for us. Most likely we will sail up and down the Columbia River, and may trailer up to Puget Sound or down to San Francisco once in a while. While I dream of sailing to Hawaii someday, it probably won't be on this boat.

Unrelated to the drive train... maybe someone here can help solve this puzzle: Under the cockpit there is a freshwater tank attached to the galley sink. We absolutely cannot find the input for filling up the tank. There appears to only be one hose, and that goes to the faucet. There's a plug on the top of the tank and we can fit a hose to it and run it somewhere, but the tank is NOT easily accessible and it's hard to believe it was originally meant to be filled through that plug. Are we missing something obvious here?
07-08-2012 05:28 PM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

Late to the party.

The compression post should be easy enough to fix one way or another.

Please note that Newport made several variations of 27' sailboat. Here are the specs for the oldest one: NEWPORT 27-1 sailboat specifications and details on
Use this link to try and figure out which model N27 you have. It is good to know what year your boat was made. Many of them came with an Atomic 4 gasoline engine (optionally) installed.

For now you can use an outboard motor but if you decide you want to get out into deeper coastal waters an inboard engine is a much better choice. I'm not trying to make more work for you. I just think that you should know this.

What I think a sail ready N27 is worth:
with an outboard motor: $3500
with an inboard Atomic 4 motor: $5000
with an inboard diesel engine: $7500.

It is good to know what year your boat was manufactured as that gives you a good idea of how long it has been since the chain plates have been attended to(ignored). Chain plates on older boats are often a project that is needed.

Hope you don't have to scrap her.
Good luck.
07-08-2012 03:35 PM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

Veneering is easy these days, the hardest part is finding the veneer which isn't hard if you mail-order it.

Even a plain 2x4 from the hardware store can support over a ton in compression, and a redwood 4x4 or fence post obvisouly more than double that. I'm not sure how you would figure the compression loading on a compression post but there must be something on the web about that. Personally I'd go for a metal post to save the weight (yes, even on a day sailer!) and then of course, you can always still veneer the post if you prefer the aesthetics of teak.
07-08-2012 11:07 AM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

Yes, the husband is thinking about getting a stainless steel pipe for the job. He has a welder and can do stainless steel or aluminum welding. I don't know what exactly the structural support is made of but I think only the facing is teak; if we can get the facing off without ruining it we should be able to re-face it with the same teak and have it look nice.

The mast is not up right now anyway so that simplifies things a little.
07-08-2012 08:10 AM
Re: Refurbish or scrap?

If there was enough moisture inside to eat away the top of the compression post and the fitting there, then the odds are the bottom has also been damaged. You need to excavate down and find out.

Typically you would slack the rigging off, then use a screw jack or lolly column to raise the cabin top and take the load while you remove the compression post, allowing the mast to stay in place. Or, lower the mast and then remove the post.

A new post is a "simple" matter of choosing a suitably strong piece of pipe or lumber and then fabricating new ends plates as needed. sometimes people have those welded up from aluminum alloy, sometimes UDHPE, again it is a matter of what is convenient for you, and strong. Extra points if it also looks good.
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