a beautiful boat should sail forever.
After owning Western Way for the past 20 years the time has come for us to move to the "Dark Side". We sold our Newporter hull # 71 and have purchased a motor boat. They say the happiest times for a boat owner are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. For us every day we sailed was happy. Selling it was not easy and for everything we put into it, It was a sad time. However as well designed and constructed as the Newporter is the…Continue
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.
Added by Marion Seaman on October 30, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments
Can anyone give me the measurements of the galley? Would like the numbers for a program I'm putting on at USCDH. Thanks, MarionContinue
Added by Marion Seaman on September 20, 2017 at 1:45pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Barlow on April 24, 2017 at 10:54pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by John Barlow on February 25, 2017 at 8:51pm — No Comments
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…
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.
Added by Mark Lamont on October 2, 2016 at 11:13pm — No Comments
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?
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…Continue
Added by Clyde A. Phillips on September 5, 2016 at 10:23pm — No Comments
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Added by Greg & Angie Wheeler on December 13, 2015 at 10:13pm — No Comments
We're long overdue for an update here. We hauled Viajador in October, 2014 to deal with some extensive cracking of the fibreglass on the decks and cabin top, as well as some rusty fasteners that were bleeding through the hull. Thirteen months later, we splashed back into Howe Sound (BC, CA) with a very sound hull, a brand new cabin top and not much else done! We're currently hunkering under an inelegant but reasonably effective tarp tent, which the 70 kph winds last…Continue
I will bring along a cutoff grinder in case the hex wrenches fail. Given the condition of the damper plate I will probably end up needing to replace that also. Bob tells me that they are only about a boat buck. It looks like the fly wheel could use a little sand blasting also.…Continue
Added by Tony Zavilenski on August 1, 2015 at 1:37am — No Comments
I'm not sure which pics may accompany this post but I hope to show a derrick frame that supports the overhead and a hoist attached to a strong back that straddles the hatch. It took me about two hours and $25 worth of HD studs to prep the lift. The chain lift I got at Harbor Freight for $40.
I calculated the weight of the engine and trans to be a bit over 700 lbs and factored in lots of safety margin for every component. Detaching hoses, elec and breaking all the mounting bolts,…Continue
Added by Tony Zavilenski on July 31, 2015 at 3:55am — No Comments
Here are a few more pics. I don't know how to get the tags attached to the pics. If someone could advise me I would appreciate it.…Continue
Added by Tony Zavilenski on July 31, 2015 at 2:53am — No Comments
I have enjoyed reading the comments here for quite a while. I started when I first bought "Against the Wind" in San Rafael, CA in 2009. I figured it was about time that I contributed something.
My current project is pulling the engine, a Perkins 4-108, that seized about eight months ago. I will post the first pics of that if I can figure out how this site works. I got quotes on rebuilds, new engines, installed up to $12k and decided I would do everything myself on the boat at…Continue
Added by Tony Zavilenski on July 31, 2015 at 2:34am — No Comments
I know I've been away and keep saying I'll be on with updates but so much has been happening and so much if it has only peripherally been related to So Nice.
I started a business last year that's been evolving. It was keeping me extremely busy but was going in directions I wasn't enjoying so I took a break and slowed down and am pointing in in a different direction that *does* suit me better - at least partially because it'll be a lot more focused on being on…Continue
Added by Eddie Offermann on July 24, 2015 at 9:24pm — No Comments
I just saw on Yachtworld that hull 47 Jim Sherk's old "Proof" is for sale in San Diego for $34,800 with a new name "Braveheart" http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1957/Newporter-Ketch-2794785/San-Diego/CA/United-States#.VIX2tb4-Ay4 In case anyone is looking for a Newporter I know Bo was looking for his 3rd Newporter.
Added by Greg & Angie Wheeler on December 8, 2014 at 3:16pm — No Comments
Just a quick check-in to let everybody know I'm still alive and kicking! Its been a busy year - not a lot of boat work or terribly much sailing, unfortunately.
I'll write more soon to update on what we *have* been doing, with So Nice and otherwise, soon. I'm in the throes of a terrible chest cold right now though, so more detailed info will have to wait.