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Clyde A. Phillips
  • 85, Male
  • Mauricetown, NJ
  • United States

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Janes Aug 12, 2014.


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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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Tang Extension

This picture is not saying "make a chain," it is showing the two different functions of each end.
Mar 23, 2018
Clyde A. Phillips commented on bob mitchell's photo


"Please remember that not all of my "rigging drawings" are of use; one depicts the layout of the bench in my rigging loft on which I cut the standing rigging to length.  All it shows are the relative locations of the pins driven into…"
Sep 18, 2017

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At 11:03am on February 5, 2015, Denise Hobbs said…

Thank you for your note, Clyde.....Yes, I plan to post photos and stories in the next several days.  The Boat Name is Equus. 

Denise Hobbs

At 6:46pm on September 16, 2013, John Owsley said…

Hi Clyde,

I've known Mitch for around 35 years and I am WELL aware of how contagious his passion for anything can be. On the other hand, one thing I've learned about him over and over through the years is that if you catch a "disease" (one of his numerous ALL-consuming passion for something) from him, he absolutely has your back, and for the entire duration. Also, besides immediate family, there's no one who I trust more to get my back, especially when it comes to things like that. I'll just say that soon after I was graduated from college he and his wife put a roof over my head and gave me a home for close to a year after I decided to buy a 27' steel hull sailboat that "needed a little work". It was a beautiful boat designed by Bill Trip. Wanna guess who showed me that boat?  So Clyde, you're preaching to the choir. I've been there, done that, got the t-shirt, and that tattered old t-shirt has everything from sweat to a wide variety of resins on it.
Thanks for the welcome!
At 4:07pm on June 19, 2013, Gary L Mathis said…

Thanks for the invite. I really miss the time that I owned "So Nice". I almost bought her back I think in 2010 but I am very happy to see Eddie is taking good care of her. I will be trading the water adventure for a motor-home and traveling the country soon. But after seeing I could purchase another Newporter for a lot less than a motor-home....hmmmmm!!!! 

At 12:45pm on May 3, 2013, Eddie Offermann said…

Thanks for the comments about the spring stay - that's really good to know! Your observation is absolutely correct: that stay is not taut.

Since mine appears to have the original (or at least "original style") spring stay - where it's rigged to also serve as a now-unnecessary antenna - it makes sense for me to add that to my list of upcoming projects and replace it with a single steel rope with a turnbuckle as you described in another comment.

Since it's my intention to take So Nice on a year-long (or more) cruise starting in 2015, I'll take every bit of instruction on rigging and safety offered. We're planning on extended offshore sailing and cruising in isolated areas: so risking a demasting 1000 miles from nowhere isn't in my float plan!

At 5:20pm on April 30, 2013, Natasha Yonker said…

Dear Clyde,

I am glad to be here and accepted. I love that boat and working on it to bring her back to her original glory. I hope you can help me-how can I get an original plans of Moonfleet? Else I need to replace hutches on her and where do I start looking for them, like correct size and fittings? If you do not know, that is OK and I understand.

Thank you again,


At 2:33pm on March 25, 2013, Eddie Offermann said…

I do sorta stretch out the sailing season! (Southern California helps) Though this last year I wasn't up to the trip, I typically do a Thanksgiving Weekend sail to a small uninhabited island about 50 miles off the coast and that's when the heavy winter coat photos were taken on one particularly frigid journey.

Yeah, I was amused by her home port being listed as "Denver" too - I'm pretty sure she was never there and it was just the hometown of the original owner! By the 60s she was a documented vessel and was then listed as being out of Long Beach, CA. What I know of her history includes lots of coastal sailing along North America and Mexico, which makes a lot more sense than Denver!

Clyde A. Phillips's Blog

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 on September 5, 2016 at 10:23pm

The Worth of a Boat

After a few years of (hopefully) helping Newporter owners make changes to their boat I have had to scrap my thinking that the Newporter was a well built vessel.  Let me make that more clear.  When I was helping to build these boats the building technique used by Ack in the design and building of these vessels was considered high tech.  We had a naval architect come to our yard (in Leesburg, NJ) to look over our operation and interview the men on the job in his hunt for a boatbuilder to build…


Posted on September 2, 2014 at 11:02am — 2 Comments


I will get to work on the drawing of the fiddlehead.  This will be a redeveloped drawing in that I have no blueprints that give it.  We had patterns of many parts and I'm sure a fiddle head pattern was used to mark the wood for sawing to shape.  Now that you are going to do some work on the other bulwark you should first mark and measure, and record, the position of the gammon.  Then do the repairs and then make the new gammon iron.  I'll speak to that process later.

I wrote…


Posted on November 2, 2013 at 12:07am — 2 Comments



Given my age and the fact that it’s been a l o n g time since I’ve worked on Newporters (and a lot of new technology has been preferred since then) I am unable to speak knowledgeably to your forward bulwark rot problem.  But I do have some things to say (always, but take it with a critical eye) from what I think I understand. 

First, about the repair you have done.  That may well take care of it, but for how long I can’t guess.  Is it strong enough?  I think it…


Posted on October 31, 2013 at 7:48pm — 1 Comment



My first twenty-five years of boating was on workboats or “yachts” that were workboat built and workboat painted.  When I started working at Stowman’s shipyard I was on the “commercial gang” that worked on workboats.  Then I was transferred to the “Newporter gang” and stayed there, eventually becoming the rigger and demonstration/delivery captain.  We wore non-marking shoes and some of us wore Topsiders.  Those shoes had wavy slits across the soles and heels to give a good grip on…


Posted on October 30, 2013 at 7:54pm — 3 Comments


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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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