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Tom L posted 11-30-2000 08:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tom L   Send Email to Tom L  
Folks: I have found, but have not seen, a boat described as a 17 Foot Whaler Newport, 1976. Cannot verify this model or configuration from the Reference Forum. Here goes:
- 1976 Bicentenial Edition - Had red piping and Rubrail
- Fiberglas console - but a bit "shorter" than Montauk and further aft.
- Pilot seat fixed - storage under.
- Another seat adjacent to and just aft of the pilot seat - storage under.
- Not a lot of room aft of the aft passenger seat
- Forward raised platform ala Montauk. Owner just purchased a bow cushion from BW.

Any ideas what we have here? I do remember someone describing a console and rear seating configuration similar to this fairly recently, but couldn't find it.

This fellow, of course, swears to hull integrity and no delamination on the one hand. Then he says there is slight waviness when sighting down the hull, but that this is normal in these boats. He also says he believes this boat is rated for 115hp. It has the original 75 on it. Didn't think any of the originals were rated higher than 100hp.

I look forward to some help on this. Going to look at her Sat.

Lil Whaler Lover posted 11-30-2000 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
Tom L:
The Newport was first built in 1975 and was built with red rubrails from 1975 to 1978. There is no reference in the 1976 brochure to a so-called Bi-Centennial model but perhaps a dealer marketed it that way. The Newport came with wide gunnels over the hull and these should be readily identifiable. If the boat has a center console, it is not a Newport. The Newport came with a side console that was fiberglass.
The standard pilot seat in the Newport was the reversible pilot seat but the options list included a "four-man fiberglass seat". From the pictures this seat would look like a two person wide back to back seat. This would leave very little room behind the seats.
You are right that all 16/17 classic Whaler julls ;have been rated for a maximum of 100 hp..
To help identify the boat I recommend that you copy the serial number information out of the Reference section and take it with you when you go to see the boat. Good Luck Dave
Tom L posted 11-30-2000 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom L  Send Email to Tom L     
Dave: Thanks for the info. I'll print those serial numbers now. Sounds like the seat you described is sort of what was described to me verbally.

Care to venture a guess as to what type console is there? Does the wide gunnel or rail cut down on the space in an already narrow boat? Did the canvas folks sew covers and tops for it? This couldn't be one of the bass types could it? I asked about the steering arrangement and the owner says the wheel is not steel and the mounting plate seems smaller than what might have been original.

This is beginning to sound like another dead-end.

Regs, Tom

lhg posted 11-30-2000 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
There are some good pictures of a Newport on Cetacea, Page 3
jimh posted 12-01-2000 04:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In the Reference Section / 16-17 / Models article you will find more information about the Newport and a good photograph. See:

The Newport was made for many years and was a popular variant of the 17-foot hull.


Clark Roberts posted 12-01-2000 07:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Tom, I have owned 3 Newports and the extra stowage provided is a nice feature. The low bucket seats forward of the console provide excellent passenger seating... My wife always liked the "protected feeling" of these seats... also the small windshield provides a little relief for passengers at speed.... good luck and happy Whaler hunting! Clark
Tom L posted 12-01-2000 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom L  Send Email to Tom L     
Fantastic. Thanks guys. I had not realized you could get those pics/descr from the site. Silly me.

The guy described the console as "center". I like the Newport as pictured. He also didn't describe the front seats. I hope they are still there.

Regs, Tom

jimh posted 12-01-2000 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Here is another shot. This shows the red rub rail, and a leggy redhead at the helm, too.

From an article I am working on about the Whaler of Charlevoix for CETACEA.


Tom L posted 12-01-2000 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom L  Send Email to Tom L     
And a fine looking mate standing on the bow. Ready to make fast a dock line, I assume. Tom
Tom Byrum posted 12-02-2000 12:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Jim do you have any better shots of the leggy redhead?

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