a beautiful boat should sail forever.
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 using, such as the "Wire Rigging" list, and he will probably be commenting on.
For the record, I own hull 113, an eastern Newporter produced near the tail end of the production run of 124 boats. Just ball parking, 60 boats were produced out west 60 back east. I am approaching a ten year rebuild - and not necessarily as an original Newporter yacht - more like a live aboard for two with redesigned cockpit and lazarette area that will keep me out of the weather, as well as provide what I consider good work/small shop work area.
My boat was a total derelict with no masts (although it did have rigging and sails). Several years back, Dennis Gaffney was decommissioning Le Batteau Sans Suci, a western made Newporter, so I went up to the Chesapeake Bay and bought the masts, rigging and sails. I subsequently stripped the masts down to bare wood, and totally rebuilt them. Most of the wood was in excellent shape, and what was not I replaced with old growth Sitka spruce acquired on a trip to the Olympic Peninsula.
So the long and short of it is that we will be sorting through and comparing the standing rigging of a west coast boat and an east coast boat. Take note that both have been around for 50 years, so they may not be original.