Newporter 40 Together

a beautiful boat should sail forever.

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bob mitchell posted photos
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Aug 10
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Aug 4
bob mitchell posted a photo

new layout in pilot house

still got a ways to go, but this is a pretty good start. The rectangle in the "table floor" is where the table leg goes.white oak and recycled doug fir. Of course it needs cushion and pillows. It isn't as distorted if you view full size.
Jul 26
bob mitchell posted a status
Jul 22
bob mitchell commented on bob mitchell's photo


"This was a test of the new system. I can greatly reduce the foot print when the second version comes out. The whole thing can be incased if need be. Note that just the short length of chain hanging draws the fwd end of chain at quite an angle. And…"
Jul 19
bob mitchell posted photos
Jul 19
Gerald Muffley posted a status
"MISTRI has a 120 gal fuel tank on the port side of the engine compartment and a 120 gal water tank on the starboard side of engine'"
Jun 22
bob mitchell posted a status
"Caleb - see page 79 in PHOTOS for Yellow Bird photos."
Jun 20
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Jun 20
Haydn Windle's discussion was featured

Jack's Boat!

Hello everybody!I am writing to you on behalf of Miller Marine Systems. For the past seven years or so, we have been rebuilding for a client; a Newporter 40, with the name "Yellow Bird". Believed to be hull number 107 and built in New Jersey. We recommended he not buy this boat due to it's rough condition. But at his insistence, the boat was shipped to Miami and worked commenced. Jack, the owner, who in 1945 stormed ashore at Okinawa with nothing more that a Thompson Sub Machine gun, can be…See More
Jun 20
Caleb smith is now a member of Newporter 40 Together
Jun 20
Clyde A. Phillips commented on bob mitchell's photo

clyde phillips 2017

"And Bob, while you are at it, say Hi to Cav.  Wait, I can say it here:  Hi, Cav.  Good to hear from you.  Isn't boating fun?  If you can't find a snow bank to get stuck in you can always find a soft spot "on…"
Jun 15
bob mitchell commented on bob mitchell's photo

clyde phillips 2017

"for sure we will get together!!!!!"
Jun 15
George Cavanagh commented on bob mitchell's photo

clyde phillips 2017

"Say hi to Clyde, I hope to go south this fall and maybe we all can get together. Your hatches are beautiful. The Enterprise is stuck in the mud and could not get out of my yard.  We will try again in a week.  As the story goes---no…"
Jun 14
bob mitchell posted photos
Jun 12
Peter Kendall is now a member of Newporter 40 Together
May 28
Clyde A. Phillips commented on Clyde A. Phillips's album

Shaft Alternator

"Well, if this doesn't tell you how often I look at things, nothing will.  But Paul brought up an interesting question and these things are timeless.   There are details about this setup for charging batteries while sailing that I do…"
May 24
bob mitchell posted a status
"If you want to see the pics and discussion in order (recommend) click on "fuel tank access plates" album below. friend bob"
May 12
bob mitchell's album was featured
May 12


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.

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.

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.

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.



Started by bob mitchell. Last reply by Clyde A. Phillips Sep 5, 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.

Emergency bilge pump 1 Reply

Greetings all, I have a 172 D Hard mounted and I am trying to make a bracket to attach an emergency Jabsco pump (1 inch1/4 with an electro clutch) to the engine it will turn using a B type v belt. To the crankshaft sheave ( pulley) It may be as…Continue

Started by Gabriel feldman. Last reply by bob mitchell Sep 18, 2015.

Jack's Boat!

Hello everybody!I am writing to you on behalf of Miller Marine Systems. For the past seven years or so, we have been rebuilding for a client; a Newporter 40, with the name "Yellow Bird". Believed to be hull number 107 and built in New Jersey. We…Continue

Started by Haydn Windle Aug 22, 2015.

Blog Posts

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

"Elegant Lady" is looking for a new home!

I've had this beautiful lady for 20 years and now I'm looking for a new home for her!

Posted by Jim Wallace on August 4, 2016 at 12:35pm

Newporter in Washington

Hello all,
I was wondering if anyone had some information on a newporter currently located in asacortes Washington. Hull #35 named Red's Rogue. He has it posted as free to a good home and I'd like to see it saved, either by me or someone else. in the winter 2016 issue is where I found the listing.

Posted by David Schwark on February 19, 2016 at 8:41am — 3 Comments

Newporter for sale

Just an FYI for anyone looking, a 1956 Newporter was just put up for sale on craigslist in San Francisco for $3,800 obo as expected it looks pretty rough but it has a rebuilt mast and 3 year old sails and a newer 50hp Perkins check it out I would be many $$ ahead to buy it to scrap it out for the sails, masts and engine, all items I'm going to need to replace. I just don't know… Continue

Posted by Greg & Angie Wheeler on December 13, 2015 at 10:13pm

Viajador, Hull no. 33 update

Hello, all--

We're long overdue for an update here.  We hauled Viajador in October, 2014 to deal with some extensive cracking of the fibreglass on the decks and cabin top, as well as some rusty fasteners that were bleeding through the hull.  Thirteen months later, we splashed back into Howe Sound (BC, CA) with a very sound hull, a brand new cabin top and not much else done!  We're currently hunkering under an inelegant but reasonably effective tarp tent, which the 70 kph winds last…


Posted by Jasper & Karen on December 6, 2015 at 4:05am — 6 Comments


            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 will soon be removed by Ning. It has been transferred to the blogspot site. Many of my pictures are still on the site and it should be available there until about the end of July 2017. But get what you want as quickly as possible; actual date of closing has not been given to me.

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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