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JeffA posted 07-22-2008 06:34 AM ET (US)   Profile for JeffA   Send Email to JeffA  
I live in S.E. Michigan and I would like to sell my 77 Newport and I am trying to come up with a list price. I don't have time for the boat anymore. In addition, I would like to get a 13' when I get another boat in the future. The hull has a new gel coat (basic white - fair to good quality). The trailer is from the seventies but heavy duty and in good shape. There has been a repair to the bow by a shop; previous owner had an accident with the dock. The repair looks good and has been holding up for the last four years. The interior looks good but I rolled on a coat of ultra tuff to the floor due to the condition of the original non slip. The motor runs good but is a 78 Mercury 90. The internal wire harness is new but the external will have to be replaced soon. Overall, the boat looks good but it is not perfect restortation. Could you give me your opinion on a fair asking price.
jeffs22outrage posted 07-22-2008 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     

Photos would help a lot in assessing the value of the boat. What were you thinking of listing the boat at?

One thing that will hurt the value will be the application of the ultra tuff over the nonskid. Even with some cracking in the nonskid it would be more appealing to most to have the floor uncoated. Also, it would be good to list the compression numbers of the motor. If you do not have them try to get them. When was the lower unit last serviced and has it been resealed? When was the last time the water pump was serviced / replaced. Does the boat still have the red rub rail and is it in good condition? As for the trailer, has the bearings ever been redone and when? Are there any electronics with the boat and what is there vintage? Does the boat still have both windshields and are they in good condition. What about canvas? Does the boat have bottom paint? Has the boat always been a freshwater boat? What does it have for fuel tanks? What condition are the cushions on the boat? Does it have the OEM front seats?

I will say I bought a 1976 Newport with a 1974 Evinrude back in December of last year. The boat is featured here on cetacea page 66 while in previous owners possession. I think I paid about 7k for it with the trailer.

Since I bought the boat I have put a lot of work into it but it really was fairly solid to begin with. I just could not help myself.

Here is the list of work I have done to it:
-Removed repolished and reinstalled all stainless and chrome fittings
-Lots and lots of little gel coat repairs on the sides of the stern thanks to a boat lift
-Filled all of the holes from old transducers on the transom and resprayed gel coat
-Still working on the front of the keel (more boat hoist love)
-Refinished Bow Locker and installed hinges. Epoxy Base Coated and finished with a sprayed on Spar.
-Redid all of the thru-hulls (what a pain doing the splashwell)
-Removed front bucket seat backs and installed remade Montauk style rod holders with seat backs
-Removed Newport RPS seat back and made a new Montauk slatted style seat back out of Ribboned Sapele Mahogany. Epoxy Base Coated and finished with a sprayed on Spar.
- Remade all of the gauge panels out of Sapele Mahogany. Recessed new Uniden UM525 VHF, installed new switches, and Epoxy Base Coated and finished with a sprayed on Spar.
-Made a new sump cover out of Sapele Mahogany Epoxy Base Coated and finished with a Sprayed on Spar
-Installed existing GPS
-Installed new Garmin 300C fish finder
-removed old side mount throttle and installed Morse MT-2
-Bought and installed a new wiring harness for the motor and ignition switch.
-Gutted all existing wiring and rewired from motor to the battery and on to a new bus using all new Ancor Marine Grade line with heat shrink tubing on all connections. Also installed a 50 amp Blue Seas Breaker
-Derigged motor and completely stripped, sanded, and repainted the motor. Made new decals as well. Then rerigged with new cable ends, battery lines and fuel lines
-Removed old CMC tilt unit. Purchased and installed a used OEM OMC unit with new dash switch
-Installed new Ritchie D-85 Compass
-Stripped, Sanded and refinished OMC 6 gallon tanks
-Sanded and refinished the RPS Z Legs
-Moved RPS aft 3 inches
-Replace missing and old molding around the gunnel openings
-installed bildge pump
-Purchased and refinished 2 12 gallon Mirax fuel tanks. Also installed all new hose connections
-Added fuel / water separator.
-Raised the RPS to fit Mirax tanks under seat
-Did a full service on the motor with all new coils, new rectifier, new wires, new lower unit fluid, and new prop.

Here are some shots before it got it's final details taken care of and a good detailing.

I will say I live in Royal Oak and may be able to lend a hand if you need to get the compression #'s for the motor. I have a tester and it is an easy process. Or any good auto parts store should have one for $25 or less.

JeffA posted 07-22-2008 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JeffA  Send Email to JeffA     
Jeff, thanks for the good information. I will try and look at your boat. I have looked at the Newport on page 66 several times; very nice.
Tohsgib posted 07-23-2008 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Honestly I think $4k would be tops w/o seeing pics.
jeffs22outrage posted 08-03-2008 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     

I assume this is your boat. For $4000 like Nick stated I think the boat looks like it could be a steal.

JeffA posted 08-04-2008 06:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for JeffA  Send Email to JeffA     
Yes Jeff, this is my boat. I replied to your email. At one time, I was thinking of trying to trade it for a 13', but it would have to be something I didn't have to spend a lot of time working on. I would still consider it.


daveb posted 08-05-2008 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for daveb  Send Email to daveb     
What shape are the draintubes and their surroundings in??
JeffA posted 08-06-2008 06:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for JeffA  Send Email to JeffA     
The drain tubes and surrounding gel coat / fiberglass appear to be in good shape.
Tohsgib posted 08-06-2008 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Decals on engine are from a 86+ Was the cowl replaced on a 78 model(which would have a distributor still I beleieve) or is it newer? That would play a big role in price. At $4k I would be pretty firm from the pics you posted.
kjos posted 08-06-2008 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for kjos  Send Email to kjos     
I purchased my 1979 Newport 5 years ago. The hull is in excellent condition. Needs a few chips in gelcoat repaired. No bottom paint. 1993 Evinrude 70 and Evinrude 8 all low hours. Almost new Mills Navy blue bimini. Original clean red rub rail. Previous owner removed bench seat portion forward of the console probably to make a little more standing room up front for fishing. ( I'm planning to rebuild it ) Pilot seat is not original RPS. It's a saltwater boat (San Diego Bay, Coast, and Oceanside Harbor) always soapwater washed and saltaway engine flushed after every use. 3 new draintubes in rear, anchor locker could use a new one. Currently using a gunwale ladder but would like to add a transom swim platform such as seen on ebay. Has a steel painted trailer. I paid 7900 for it. Hope this helps a little Jeff A. Jeffs22outrage your Newport is awsome- the freshwater is really easy on boats.
JeffA posted 08-07-2008 06:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for JeffA  Send Email to JeffA     
The motor is a 78, however I bought a new cowling because the original was scratched up and faded.
deepwater posted 08-13-2008 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
how was the compression test
deepwater posted 08-15-2008 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
have you decided on a price

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