Newporter 40 Together

a beautiful boat should sail forever.

In our first rigging email Captain Clyde mentioned the following.
"One thing to look for, and look carefully for, is cracks in the ends of the swage fittings. These can show up as a fine line radiating out to the edge of the fitting from the cable. It seems that water can be drawn into the spaces between the cable strands by capillary action, then freeze and eventually expand the fitting to the point of splitting. I know that in some cases of splits in metal (such as in aircraft skins and propellers) that a possibly failing piece of metal can be saved by a careful filing or grinding to a very smooth surface can prevent total failure. But once found and so treated it needs to checked often; the frequency decided by the owner. That said, I know that many Newporters lasted many years and knowing something of human nature a lot of them likely lived their life without once having the swage fittings checked. I would guess that the vast majority of these being checked and found wanting and then replaced where checked by professional riggers."

I included this picture to let him know I was paying attention! View "full size" and click on plus sign to get could look.

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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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