Newporter 40 Together

a beautiful boat should sail forever.

A site dedicated to all aspects of Newporter 40's - restoration, history, and the maintenance of an information base for owners.


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Jan 1
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Dec 29, 2018
George Henderson posted a blog post

Photos and documentation on "Faith," Hull #69

Here is a link to a Google Drive folder with photos and documentation of "Faith," Hull #69 More
Dec 24, 2018
bob mitchell's photo was featured

Drilling Maststep

With the maststep clamped in place, drill up through the apron. You might think that you could just mark the holes and take the maststep out to drill it, but then you would be drilling holes that probably, even though they started at the same…
Dec 13, 2018
bob mitchell posted a status
"Welcome Rafael - post some pics of your hull #92, Zephyr."
Nov 24, 2018
Rafael Baires is now a member of Newporter 40 Together
Nov 24, 2018
bob mitchell posted photos
Nov 10, 2018
bob mitchell posted a status
"Remember, if things seem a little unconventional, that I started with the keel of a derelict Newwporter."
Nov 7, 2018
bob mitchell commented on bob mitchell's photo

current state of bow (FINAL)

"     The rise in the bowsprit is somewhat of an optical illusion because I am photographing from the ground."
Nov 6, 2018
bob mitchell commented on bob mitchell's photo


"   I have since replaced the large brown support with a very unobtrusive stainless hanger, as well as replaced the large brown board across the hatch to permit clear access to the peak."
Nov 6, 2018
bob mitchell posted photos
Nov 6, 2018
bob mitchell's photo was featured


First layer of starboard side bottom epoxied on. Port side bottom fit for epoxy tomorrow. Both sides are done double layered 3/8 with 3" scarfs (8 to 1) up to point you can see. After bow closed up I am headed aft on bottom. All "screw clamps" that…
Nov 4, 2018
Morgan commented on Eric Janes's blog post 1955 Newporter Hull # 1
"Hello, My name is Morgan and my father owned Hull #1 back in the mid 80s. She was quite the boat under the name Aquila. If you by chance fancy on selling her I would be an interested party."
Oct 21, 2018
bob mitchell posted a status
Oct 21, 2018
Eric Janes's 2 photos were featured
Oct 21, 2018
bob mitchell posted a status
"If you use the search function in the upper right "hull #1" Eric Janes is a member."
Oct 21, 2018
bob mitchell posted a status
"Hi Morgan. I am pretty sure the most recent owner of hull #1 is a member and the boat is on the hard somewhere in Florida."
Oct 21, 2018
Morgan is now a member of Newporter 40 Together
Oct 20, 2018
bob mitchell posted photos
Oct 20, 2018
David Kritter's photo was featured


Rave Hull 94 off of Milwaukee fall of 1974
Oct 20, 2018


Tighten or repair wheel 1 Reply

The spindles/spokes on my wheel have become very loose at the hub.  Hub is closed, forged bronze with seemingly no way to refasten or tighten the spindles.  Solutions?Continue

Started by John M Swenson. Last reply by bob mitchell Feb 18, 2018.

Rudder Construction

In about 10 days I will be slipping Sultana to evaluate the options to replace the badly worn propellor, including a feathering prop option, one of the "unknowns " at this stage is if there is ample room in the arperture for the prop to feather, one…Continue

Started by Jim Benbow Dec 1, 2017.



Started by bob mitchell. Last reply by Gerald Muffley Oct 27, 2017.

Mizzenmast running back stays 3 Replies

I am currently overhauling my rig, both main and mizzenmast, Sultana has running back stays but doesn't have a mizzen staysail, I thought I read something about this along the lines that the running back stays are only there for the mizzen staysail,…Continue

Started by Jim Benbow. Last reply by Jim Benbow May 2, 2017.

Paul Dunham's THREE water tanks 1 Reply

     Paul Dunham's three water tanks caught me off guard because I have two fuel tanks and two water tanks. I asked Capt. Clyde and he had this to say     Bob, I'm busy today, so this may turn out mercifully short.  No slip of the tongue here. …Continue

Started by bob mitchell. Last reply by Paul M Dunham Feb 26, 2017.

Lead Pigs or Bricks 1 Reply

After filling all 3 water tanks and adding 75 gallons of fuel, I found that Dudheen was listing a degree or two to port.  My first thought is that perhaps stowing all the block, tackle and dissembled hardware in the port pilot house locker was to…Continue

Started by Paul M Dunham. Last reply by bob mitchell Feb 21, 2017.

Update 5 Replies

Just a little update on where we are at in our restoration.We had toyed with the idea of replacing our engine but have decided to keep it for now and have since got it up and running, that was a huge event for us, it still needs all new gauges and a…Continue

Started by Greg & Angie Wheeler. Last reply by Mark Lamont Sep 16, 2016.

Newporter sign

Hi Folks - I was searching Newporters on Craigslist and this popped up: live near Hershey, so if anyone is interested, let…Continue

Started by Bruce Standley Jul 2, 2016.

junk rig 2 Replies

hi bruce,       There is only one junk rigged newporter that I know of and that is Wu Wei. One of our members, Jack More, (go to Members, look on first or second page, and click on Jack for some of his childhood pictures) grew up on the boat.       …Continue

Started by bob mitchell. Last reply by bob mitchell Jun 26, 2016.

Masthead fitting

Re:  Masthead fitting.  I have always liked the "crane" atop moderns masts which project fore and aft and house the sheaves for main and foresails.  They are sturdy and have a platform on top to which one can attach wind direction and speed…Continue

Started by William P. Gibbons Oct 5, 2015.

Blog Posts

Photos and documentation on "Faith," Hull #69

Here is a link to a Google Drive folder with photos and documentation of "Faith," Hull #69

Posted by George Henderson on December 24, 2018 at 6:15pm

The time has come!

After owning Western Way for the past 20 years the time has come for us to move to the "Dark Side".   We sold our Newporter hull # 71 and have purchased a motor boat.   They say the happiest times for a boat owner are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.  For us every day we sailed was happy.   Selling it was not easy and for everything we put into it, It was a sad time.  However as well designed and constructed as the Newporter is the…


Posted by John Barlow on September 19, 2018 at 10:56pm — 2 Comments

Bow wave

THANK YOU for responding to my request for a GALLEY photo. Especially with the measurements. Won't the attendees be surprised?

Would anyone have a photo of a bow wave or similar 'action' photo. To be used for my Cal State U Dominguez Hills presentation on Nov 15. Most questions have been "how do you cook when the seas are big?" The photo I got from a magazine doesn't show it well.



Posted by Marion Seaman on October 30, 2017 at 2:18pm

Can anyone give me the measurements of the galley? Would like the numbers for a program I'm putting on at USCDH. Thanks, Marion

Can anyone give me the measurements of the galley? Would like the numbers for a program I'm putting on at USCDH. Thanks, Marion


Posted by Marion Seaman on September 20, 2017 at 1:45pm

Original Newporter winches

I have the two Geno winches,  The main sheet winch and the main halyard winch that I replaced  on Western Way.  I have changed the main halyard so I can raise the sail and reef from the cockpit.  Lines lead to the top of the pilot house.  I replaced the Geno winches with self tailing ones.   If anyone wants the old winches - give me a call or email me and we can work out something.  I will donate them if you pay for shipping and plan to use them on a Newporter.  Phone 207 469-3749 or…


Posted by John Barlow on April 24, 2017 at 10:54pm

Just re enrolled in this site.

I have been on the computer getting together photos for the broker.  Sadly after 20 years - 5 in rebuild and 15 sailing and constantly upgrading I am serious about selling Western Way.  She is in excellent shape and has been a fantastic cruising platform for my wife and I but we are getting to the age where I need to downsize.   I do plan to launch this May for the last season unless she sells.  We are going over to the dark side and I plan to get a trawler type yacht probably about 30 feet…


Posted by John Barlow on February 25, 2017 at 8:51pm

Newporter photos posted

  am posting two photos from the 1970's. At the time there were two Newporters in Chicago.

The one under full sail on a broad reach is a glossy black and white 3 x 5 in.print which I must have taken ( but I don't remember.)  It is the only picture I've ever seen of a Newporter flying a "mule"/"fisherman" sail, and mizzen spinnaker plus mizzen, main, jib, and genoa. We all need it for inspiration.


 If anyone knows the dimensions of the mule and mizzen spinnaker, and how to…


Posted by William P. Gibbons on December 31, 2016 at 11:45pm — 3 Comments

porthole seals

Soooo last night was the first rain here in Northern California and I found a leak in one of my portholes the 7 x 18 on the forward port side. Not much water came in but it followed the channel above my bunk and dripped down on me at an inappropriate time of the night.  Any recommendations on replacement seals.  All six are shot and I suppose that I could call Parker Seal for a giant o-ring but thought the rest of you would have some advice.  Thanks in advance.

Posted by Mark Lamont on October 2, 2016 at 11:13pm

Interior Flooring

What were the interior floors originally made of?  I have oak parquet which I cannot imagine was the intent of the maker.  Surprisingly they have not blackened which is the property of oak with water.  I guess that is a tribute to the finisher. Save they are glued down with mastic and popping loose in areas. The hatches have a frame that appears to be a different wood with longer grain structure.  Suggestions?

Posted by Mark Lamont on October 2, 2016 at 7:06am — 4 Comments

MAST RAKE and Other Notes

In response to Bob’s blog on the masts:


Now we are looking into an interesting bit of history in Newporter construction.  The ones we built, and Bob’s present boat is one of them, and those after a few of the first boats were built, were all built to patterns and on jigs and in accord with measurements in a book or two.  Each area in our shops had their own areas of the total construction as their “area” of work to put the boats together.  This resulted in some overlaps, or…


Posted by Clyde A. Phillips on September 5, 2016 at 10:23pm


            LINKS ===============


Muf, our Keeper of the Roster, has updated it.  But he still needs information on boats out there that he doesn't have, like new owners, old owners, where any of the boats are.  We don't post the roster on the web site, it is only sent to owners.  Please send him anything you might have, or call him at:   

909 561 4245


Captain Clyde's Newporter  sites:


The Ning site has been given a reprieve.   I have  transferred my Ning site to the blogspot site and will leave it there. I am keeping my Ning site open as a home for my photos and drawings.

Many of my photos there do not relate to Newporters, but a search through my collection may prove useful for your studies.

My drawings are not accurate in many respects as a result of the PAINT program used to draw them, There is no accurate scale and at best they are only useful to indicate some specific detail.  Some are inaccurate because of my poor memory.  Use them to help you think, not as a detailed presentation of the subject matter.

If any of you want to start a web site I suggest you remember what has happened to both my Ning site and this site (which is a Ning site) and remember that my Blogspot site is free and Blogspot's owner (Google) has promised to keep it that way.


Clyde's email: 

Put 'Newporter' on Subject Line.  Email is the best way to contact me.  I do not regularly look at this site or its messaging system.  Email will get to me post-haste. 


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