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Whaletosh posted 03-29-2001 04:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for Whaletosh  
Does anybody have any experience witha circa. 1983 Newport?

General opinion?

Sam Collins posted 03-29-2001 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
Great Boat, I've got one. What do you need to know ?
whalernut posted 03-29-2001 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I looked at an 85` for sale in OH. It was a little rough for me but it had the Montauk center console option which was cool and a 55h.p. Johnson. I loved the layout, and it still had the mini-widsheild on the bow! I`ve seen alot of them with that missing. The boat however was missing the 2 bucket seats from in front of the console, but I thought that was good because it made for more fishing room! Anyway, with the center console option it is really hard to get around the console due to the wide gunnels, but I am fat, it may be easier for someone thinner! Good luck and I hope you get her! Regards-Jack Graner.
Whaletosh posted 03-30-2001 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
contact me directly if you like;

What I would like to know about mostly is ride quality. How well does it handles waves. I am really tired of getting th snot pounded out me every time I go out in Lake Michigan. My current 13 Sport is a great boat for running around small lakes but really can't cut it in bigger water. Maybe as I aproach 40 YOA I figure me and my bride deserve a softer ride.

You should be happy to know that this boat has the rub rail you like so well. To bad for Tunrelahw. :) If I do get her I would like to bring her over for you to see. She is another Gull Lake boat. I bet you are a real interesting guy, even if you do like Amstel light instead of Canadian beers.

All of this hindges on selling my 13 Sport of course.

whalernut posted 03-30-2001 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Sean, would love to see it! Hope you buy it! And I love Labatt`s Blue! Deffinately in my top 5 beers! I mostly drink Millwaukis Best, pretty good, good price, does the job! Regards-Jack Graner.
tyler posted 03-30-2001 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for tyler  Send Email to tyler     
I also have a Newport 87', with the montauk c/c. As for the ride....if your looking for a smooth ride you might be looking at the wrong boat. But if you looking for a boat that will always bring you it. The Newport sits atop the same hull as the Montauk. These hulls have proven themselves for many years. I have been out off the coast of Charleston when the weather got bad, the ride in was rough, but the hull can take a beating.
Clark Roberts posted 03-31-2001 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Sean, Tyler knows of what he speaks! The Newport is my favorite 17 layout but the Montauk may be best for fishing (since the boat you describe has the Montauk console, maybe not)... I have had several and have taken a Newport (with 90 Merc) to Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas and return (close to 200 miles each way..) needed a kidney belt but never, ever even considered having a baot problem... the 17 hull is ultimately safe and will take much more punishment than my old body! Wonderful boat! Happy Whalin' Clark ... Spruce Creek Navy
hardensheetmetal posted 03-31-2001 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     

I was in the identical situation as you. I had a couple of 13's that I used on the Hudson River, where we usually get a very short but constant chop everyday, depending on the wind. These boats were great for me and my friends when we were growing up, but as I turned 25 or so I got really tired of the constant pounding. I then purchased a 1988 Newport, which I used for about five years. The boat was great as far as comfort goes, basically just from the fact that it had actual seats, rather than wood with coushons. The only problem was that the hull was not too different in characteristics from my 13 (as far as comfort goes). I then sold that boat and bought a 22 Revenge WT. This is where you will notice the difference. I f you really truely want to do your back a favor, I would forgo(sp?) the Newport and look around for either an 18 outrage or an 18 Newport (somewhat rare). There is definately an substantial difference in price between the 17's and the 18's, but I think you would be more happy with you decision.


little bob posted 03-31-2001 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for little bob  Send Email to little bob     
Have a 1979 Newport with a '98' 115 Johnson. Cruises in the ocean at 30 mph @3300 rpm. Much smoother ride then the 13 and 15 which I've owned. Low gas consumption and runs like a bat at of hell when you want it.
newportguy posted 03-31-2001 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for newportguy  Send Email to newportguy     
I as well of course have a Newport :) and I love it. I agree thought they can be rough when the weather turns wild. However I have never felt un comfortable in some really rough water.... I really love it. I am planing on replacing my cooler seat with one of the new, can I say Dauntless seats with the swing back.... Our local Whaler dealer has a glass shop and makes a fantastic replica much cheaper... I have looked for a Newport seat like the orginal Montauk seat but they are really expsensive. Just my 2 cents worth.
Whaletosh posted 04-02-2001 08:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
Thanks for all of the input. My dealer has the Newport off of the storage rack. As soon as Gull Lake thaws I am sure I can arrange a test drive.


P.S. My current 13 Sport will be on the market soon

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