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       Cut out the first layer of 3/4" (I actually used two 3/8 pieces because I am building in place now and they are easy to bend, until the epoxy drys!). The bulwark on the transom is a little different than the rest of the boat in that the first layer extends below the deck and nestles in the transom knee notch (approximately 14" wide in center, down to 13 1/2 at outsides). Next comes the deck beam. The narrow curved piece on the transom is the old one in a position to mark for the new…


Posted on August 4, 2011 at 10:00pm

Engine Reassembly Notes

    Jack Long, professional diesel mechanic, and my good friend, came over today and we reassembled my engine.  These are notes that I will never be able to keep in my head, so I write them down. First of all let me say something about the process. I have met more fine people with this engine than any other thing in my life, except maybe the boat, of which they are included. But the idea that there is no way to force a time schedule on bonding with and repairing your engine is a valid…


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        In building the transom three sheets of 3/8 marine plywood were used. Originally the outside sheet was mahogany, in case one wanted to show wood, but I did not do that. Cost of a sheet of 3/8" marine plywood in Chattanooga, a few pieces at a time, is $45.00 dollars. I have gotten a quote for $42.95 if I order 30 sheets - which I will probably do because I am planking the hull in two layers of 3/8". My reasons for doing this are that I generally work by myself, or at best with one…


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        Located center of old transom by bisecting old knee paint lines. Then drew a couple of perpendiculars out to the sides to see if distance from bottom of luan (base line) was equal on both sides. . Put a couple of screws along center axis to maintan position, then walked to one side and traced, then the other.  Checked distance from traced corners to baseline - both identical. Cut out template.…


Posted on July 11, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment


        So I am trying to create this complicated piece of framing for the transom, but the whole port side corner is rotted away. Only the side remains in place. Fortunately I saved the vertical framing off the old transom.

So with some careful measurement from the stb. side and a piece of chine I located the vertical framing's position.

The bottom piece of…


Posted on July 10, 2011 at 12:30pm

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At 2:04pm on May 12, 2019, George Henderson said…

This is George Henderson, owner of "Faith," Hull #69 located in the Boston area. Just letting the community know that she is on the market since I now live in CO. Makes me sad but I'd like to see her legacy continue. If you know of a potential buyer I can be reached at / 857-221-1581. She is in great condition and has been lovingly restored. There are pics on my members' page and a link to a Google Drive folder is below, where you will find pics and a survey.

At 10:33pm on October 13, 2018, Western Way said…
Hello Bob and thanks for the warm welcome. I’m looking forward to being a member of the community!


At 3:49pm on September 11, 2016, Bo Roberts said…
Bob trying to contact you Bo Roberts 707 3217759
At 12:33am on November 5, 2015, Malcom Leibole said…
Bob, I really would like to speak with you, it's fairly urgent, about my rudder heel bearing... I have to cross an ocean in 2 months..
At 10:44am on August 12, 2014, Eric Janes said…
Hi Bob, I've been watching your progress. Great job and keep at it.
Your almost there! EJ
At 11:18pm on July 7, 2010, jim sherk said…
in fact we bought the hull 47 back on the first day of june, 2010, some 35 days ago.

we are having the inside redone, as there was virtually no head, sink, shower, holding tank etc. lots of other challenges from a boat neglected for many years.

she'll be used mostly for going to catalina island during the summer weekends
At 8:47pm on June 25, 2010, jim sherk said…
the check is written.
i learned to sail, racing solings on long island sound in the late '60's.
came to southern cal in 1979, sailed pearsons until about 2000, then went to power boats.
we (teri and i) are taking on a good bones/bad cosmetics/ and basically no head, shower, or holding tank project. i should have some good photos for our refurb, to post.

btw, i need a port hole/port light, as one is missing. am planning to cover the opening in plexiglass until i find the real thing.

more to follow. thanks for the "welcome aboard"
At 7:45pm on June 25, 2010, jim sherk said…
i had some trouble on the NIng site, asking for newporter 40 together. they said there was no such group. perhaps it's case sensitive, as i generally don't use caps.

i'll be going thru all the posts before long. thanks for doing all the work for us.

am joining the Newporter 40 owners group by sending check to seller, today!

based in LA harbor. will post some photos as time goes by.
At 6:47pm on May 22, 2010, Marion Seaman said…
Hi Bob, I'm unhappy that Etoile, Hull #10, needs help but delighted I made contact with you and introduced Greg. He is so much better than me at the computer and fixing Etoile. You invited me in October 2009 and now I am your friend.
Cheers, Marion
At 4:11pm on October 7, 2009, Nicolò orsini baroni said…
I am, with Friends. the new owner of the Newporter 40 " Solace" before
cruising in the Carriibian; I know little about the Boat and Solace she
was made in 1969 where ? I need information, and in the following days
I will publish some phothos.Solaceis now in Marina di Pisa Italy.
Nice to meet you in the air.

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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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