SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Desperate Newport 17 owner Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
07-21-2012 11:16 PM
Re: Desperate Newport 17 owner

Glad to hear you got the center board sorted out. Sounds like a fix that should last for quite a while.
07-21-2012 07:45 PM
Desperate Newport 17 owner

A twin rudder system is worth a try but it deffinatly not needed. I have the original wooden rudder for the boat and I have drilled a shallow setting and a deep water setting for a bolt to enter in the bracket. The boat handles very well with one rudder.
07-21-2012 07:39 PM
Re: Desperate Newport 17 owner

Just a update on the boat. I am sitting on my deck watching it bob on the mooring. It has come a long way since pulling it out of the woods after 10 years in the fall. I have had new cushions made, new motor bracket. And for the centerboard, I blasted the rust off and smeared west marine brand filler all over it. Centerboard works touch and go and does stick some when pulled all the way up (I have to swim under) but other than that the boat sails amazing. I have not changed any rigging or sails and all has worked extremely well. Not the fastest but a very dry and smooth ride. Likes strong breezes the best.
07-21-2012 08:08 AM
Re: Desperate Newport 17 owner

I just got a 17 newport also. I can't figure out how to post a ? so I'm trying this. Hope I'm not doing anything wrong. Anyway has anyone rigged twin rudders on a 17 like on a mac 19? Thanks.
10-30-2011 08:14 PM
CalebD For starters, if I was in your position, I would not assume that I needed to buy a sheet of metal myself from a plate steel wholesaler. Many metal shops have plate metals in stock that they bought some time ago that could be used.
I'll also point out that steel (stainless or otherwise) is a fairly poor choice of material for an underwater application as even stainless steel will rust in the absence of air. I'm not a metal worker but perhaps an anodized aluminum sheet would be fine if covered in fiber glass.
Yes, you want your new center board to be close to or equal the weight of the old one. That does not mean you need to make up the weight by using 3/4" thick metal plate. I'd think that you could use a thinner metal, say 3/8" or 1/2" that you would surround with epoxy (or polyester) resin and glass sheet. This method would allow you to sand fair the outside and hide any imperfections in the cut sheet metal. The bottom of the center board could also be extended with FRP/GRP (fiberglass) construction as this is the spot that would likely hit the bottom when you run aground. This would also allow your piece of sheet metal to be slightly undersized as you would build it up with laminates - which could be done indoors over the winter.

I've never used this stuff (G10) but you might consider using it for the stock for your replacement center board. Not sure if the weight would be in the right neighborhood though.
G10 Fiberglass Board
10-30-2011 04:50 PM
priceless9192 i haven't visited or actually know of any local metal shops but from online plate steel wholesalers, a 1 foot by 4 foot 3/4 inch piece is around 280 shipped, and that isn't the end of it, i still need to have it cut right, plus its probably longer than 4 feet -__- anyway is there any other material i could look into that is cheaper than plate steel that would give me the same weight? i plan on coating it with some kind of rust protectant anyway.
10-30-2011 02:13 PM
CalebD Priceless,
Maybe you have not found the right metal working shop yet. The shop I'd want to use for this might not have a web page but definitely has an old, one eyed dog out front.
Keep in mind that your replacement center baord is not going to be a fine work of art but rather a piece cut out of some thickness sheet metal (SS or aluminum). It does not have to be pretty but it does have to work and hopefully will last for a while.
Before you can do anything (even get a quote) you need the pattern of the center board.
10-29-2011 11:09 PM
simpsoned You must have some expensive fabricating shops in your neck of the woods...I have a Rhodes Bantam...the centerboard is about 3/4 the size of yours...steel cost about 75 including cutting it out, and I had it powder coated for another 50...
Ed Simpson
10-29-2011 08:47 PM
priceless9192 thanks calebd, from what i have researched on fabricating shops making replacement centerboards for people it looks like its going to be over $300. thats more than half the cost of the boat but oh well
10-29-2011 06:37 PM
CalebD Well, that is a long shot. I would not count on finding a drop in replacement but you never know.

It should not be too difficult to fabricate a new center board though.
I'd start by dropping or removing the old center board as it should be useful for figuring out what shape and dimensions you need. Next, find a metal fabricating shop that can make you a replacement.
It might be a good idea to make a prototype center board out of plywood first, if the dimensions are sketchy.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome