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Ossabaw posted 01-19-2001 09:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ossabaw   Send Email to Ossabaw  
I need help!!! I have stumbled across a late 70's Newport (has red side molding). The hull is in fair shape except for the seats which have been ravaged by racoons. The motor is probably toast and the trailer is only fair. But this still looks like a great boat for a summer will be my first boat revamp. I have a 26' Aquasport Center, but I am looking for a smaller boat to keep in the water and just zoom into the creeks to fish for reds and trouts. The owner only wants $750.00 for the whole package. A no brainer? I have absolutely never seen a Newport before. Is it a good model and what mods should be done??? Thanks for any help!!
Macman posted 01-19-2001 10:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
A no brainer? $750? Yikes...grab it! Sounds to me like a great deal. I am jealous!
Clark Roberts posted 01-20-2001 05:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Buy it! Don't look back, just do it! Trust me.... Clark.. The old Man and the Sea
whalernut posted 01-20-2001 05:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! JACK.
Sam Collins posted 01-20-2001 06:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
Look at page 3 & 32 in Cetacea for photos of the Newport.
Ossabaw posted 01-20-2001 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ossabaw  Send Email to Ossabaw     
Thanks for the reply. I am not trying to make anyone jealous, I just don't know anything about this boat. The side console is a little strange to me and the two little seats in front seem very low. Also the forward glass wind shield is something you don't see everyday. What power should I put on it and is it possible to retrofit some type od center console. I also am a little uneasy about having the gas tank under the seat. What about putting a casting paltform across the stern and putting the tank under that????
triblet posted 01-20-2001 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The power alternatives have been discussed
at great length recently. Check out the
Montauk (same basic hull) Power threads.


Ossabaw posted 01-21-2001 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ossabaw  Send Email to Ossabaw     
Thanks for all the posts on my Newport Help topic. I am considering this project, and your Whaler pros are going to have to bare with me, I'll have tons of questions. I would like to convert this Newport into a center console, and I have read other posts of a few owners having a Newport with a center. Would it be a waste of time and money to attempt this or is it a viable modification??
RobDimel posted 01-28-2001 03:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for RobDimel  Send Email to RobDimel     
I converted my Newport into a center console about 5 years ago. It really made the boat more usable for my needs. The only gripe I have is with the console. I made it myself out of marine ply and then glassed it over. It looks good, but I have some rot problems where water has gotten under the glass. I suggest either an after market console or ressurect an old Montauk console if you can find one. The latter probably being the best choice. I am looking to replace mine if I can fin one.


kingfish posted 01-28-2001 08:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Snoop back through some of the threads,(some pretty recent), there has been quite a lot of discussion on (re)powering the 16'-7" Whaler hull; make, model 2-stroke vs. 4-stroke, HP, mounting, props, etc.

Long story short, 70 to 100 HP.

I can't speak from the vantage point of having owned a Newport, but I have owned 2 Montauks (same hull) and an Outrage 22, and I'll tell you that one big part of my enthusiasm about playing around with these classics is that if you take your time, plan well, avail yourself of the resources in this forum and references from this forum, you can do just about anything with that hull you want.

At $750.00 it is a steal! Pick it up before those raccoons that ate the seats get smart and buy it themselves!


little bob posted 02-02-2001 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for little bob  Send Email to little bob     
Newport. Great 2nd boat. I have a 25 Revenge and 17 newport, 13 sport. The kids Love the Newport. Repower with at least 115 hp. The hull wants more. Low seats in front and windshield keep the kids out of the wind, keep the console and work around it. I replaced the front seats with one large seat-fits 3-4 kids. Also put jumper seats in two stern corners. Fill the boat with kids/life jackets and have FUN

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