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jameso posted 07-01-2001 04:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for jameso   Send Email to jameso  
Looking at a Newport 17, Boat is in excellent condition considering the vintage. But the Newport style turns me off. I would like to make some major mods.
1. Is this the same hull as the Montauk? It is a 16.7 foot hull.
2. If I remove the gunnel cap does it have a standard gunnel underneath?
GAwhale posted 07-01-2001 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
James- Go to the Reference section on this website. Then go to 16-17. The Newport was built from 1977 to 1990 and is the same hull as the 17 Montauk.
Sam Collins posted 07-01-2001 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
As for removing the gunnel cap, I had given thought to doing it to my 79 Newport. BUT - Beneath the cap or below the windshield BW cut two small portions of my hull to allow for the Windshild mounting screws to recess. 1 1/2" Wide X 1 1/2" Deep +/- Other than that it might work ?
Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I wated a newport and could only find Montauks. Do not modify if you do not own it. Wait for a montauk. Console is lower but wider, seats are bolted down, etc. Not worth the energy. Be Patient.
Translation posted 07-02-2001 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Translation    
I had a "Newtauk" and I loved it.

I had a bare hull that once was a Newport. I filled in the holes, and ended up putting a new center console. There was a small sacrifice, but I got to have flush mount rod holders, and I loved having a non-skid stepping area. In the bow I felt like I was gaining because the Montauk Bow Rail mounts so far inside the cokpit it was almost the same. Also, leaning against the gunnel cap while casting was more secure than the montauk.

It was fun but a big project. I was lucky to find a regular console from a 22 Outrage. I would only do this again if I was getting the Newport hull for real short money. Which is possible bc it is not a very practical interior layout, esp for the open ocean.

Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Translation, that is exactly when you would do it. Anyone out there with a mint newer Neport that wants to trade hulls for a 89 Montauk, let me know. I just think they look smooth, the gunnel cap makes entry and exits easier. You can stand up or sit, the front seats are low and the spray shield is functional. I personally think the Newport is the best hull made.
Translation posted 07-02-2001 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Translation    
The Newport was a great product, especially for kids. I skied and fished off one in my teens. I love the seats forwad of the console. The offcenter steering is a good feature.

The reason I would not get into one now is that I fish offshore, and you need to be standing on the ride home to absorb the bumps around here (Cape Cod and Islands).

The Montauk allows for 3 anglers to stand around the console and allow them to hold on.

Hey - I have an old catalog that shows a Newport 18.....anyone ever seen one? That's a layout/size combination that I would love to experience.

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