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May 29
bob mitchell replied to bob mitchell's discussion RIVETING GOOSENECK/BOOM FITTINGS: Information from Clyde
"Several years ago, and I do mean several, I took the copper rivets out of my booms to recondition them. Finally I am ready to reassemble, and there was no copper available locally. 3/8"  "hard" copper is available for $16 for 3…"
May 23
bob mitchell's discussion was featured


      I was hoping to include more photos of the actual process, but that looks like a long way off and I don't want to lose info. Here is how Clyde Philipps explains this process        "Riveting is no big deal.  Unriveting (my spelling checker doesn't like that word) can be more difficult.  Let's start with that because before you need to rivet those gooseneck fittings you need to get the old rivets out.  Center punch (on center!) the rivet on one head and drill out the center with a small…See More
May 23
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May 19
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May 19
John Barlow's photo was featured
May 4
William P. Gibbons's photo was featured

Masthead fittings installed 1

Needed rack for windicator with LED light, combined strobe and anchor LED light; VHF antenna (AIS antenna on spreader), and Nexus wind speed and direction indicator. Constructed of aluminum; vertical straps bolted with masthead fitting ss…
May 4
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Apr 15
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Mar 30
bob mitchell posted a photo

turnbuckle by Clyde

"Note that the left handed threads on the bolt that is on top when rigged. The lower bolt requires right hand threads. This is so the "standard" tightening motion is used to shorten or tighten the shroud or stay. All turnbuckles should have the…
Mar 25
bob mitchell posted a photo


Here is a turnbuckle from the set that came with hull 113. The threads are 1/2-20. I do not know if it would be proper for a sailboat, but Fastenal has 6 foot 304 stainless with rolled threads rod for $118.
Mar 25
Clyde A. Phillips commented on Clyde A. Phillips's photo

Lengthening Turnbuckles

"The so-called picture of the process of LENGTHENING TURNBUCKLES is an adjustment at the deck level end of a shroud or stay that is too short for use because of a new mast that is longer that the original or some complicated rebuild process where…"
Mar 24
Clyde A. Phillips posted a photo

Lengthening Turnbuckles

Instructions on one way to use shrouds and stays that are short. In this method you remove a bolt, preferably the lower one, and replace it with a longer one. Once you understand the process the job is simple.
Mar 24
bob mitchell's photo was featured


Over the next few months Captain Clyde, who was the rigger at the Dorchester Shipyard that built the eastern Newporters, will be walking me through the rigging process. Over the last ten years he has provided a lot of information that I will be…
Mar 24
bob mitchell posted photos
Mar 24
Clyde A. Phillips posted a photo

Tang Extension

This picture is not saying "make a chain," it is showing the two different functions of each end.
Mar 23
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Mar 19
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Mar 6
bob mitchell replied to John M Swenson's discussion Tighten or repair wheel
"Hi John,      My original wheel was in the same conditions, but I put in a new hydraulic helm station. However, at the time I felt like a good coat of epoxy would probably cure the wheels ills. At the least maybe in the hub.…"
Feb 18
John M Swenson posted a discussion

Tighten or repair wheel

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?See More
Feb 18


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.

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

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

"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


            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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