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DaveS posted 12-17-2001 02:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for DaveS   Send Email to DaveS  
I'm currently looking at a Newport with the Side Console. The hull and engine are in great shape but I'm not thrilled with the interal design. Has anyone taken this type of configuration and transformed it into a Center Console? I'd like to meek OEM but I have a feeling that might push the metamorphisis out of my price range. I know there are many modular boats out there that I'd be able to pick up a CC and a leaning post. Has anyone made this conversion? If so, what difficulties did you come across? Was it a difficult process?

Any info greatly appreciated. I just don't want to be putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa!!!

DaveS

Bigshot posted 12-17-2001 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Don't bother, keep looking.
Taylor posted 12-18-2001 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I agree with Bigshot. Its not just the side console that makes it a Newport, there is an extra moulded glass section all around outside of the boat that creates the little storage spaces and a wider gunwale. Leave the Newport a Newport. If what you want is a Montauk, I think it will hold its value better than a converted Newport.
Bigshot posted 12-19-2001 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I wanted a Newport but could'nt find one.
DaveS posted 12-19-2001 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I'm still not sure what I'm going to be doing with the boat, my first love is the Montauk but in the price range I'm in, most of the boats are all out of my price range with 15 year old engines...for the deal I'm getting, it's a 1989 hull with a 1995 90hp engine for less than an older Montauk...my thought is, if I don't like the design of the interior, (I'm going to give it a try first to see if I like it), the price of replacing the console will be far less than replacing an outboard...do I make sense or am I trying to fit a round peg in a square hole?

Any other thoughts?

Thanks again...

DaveS

Bigshot posted 12-19-2001 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I think the Newport is a great setup. The spray rail, the side storage,etc. You can still stand up and you don't have the bulky railings. If I still lived in Whitehorse(Redwood Ave across from Pathmark on Broad st), I would trade you.
jstachowiak posted 08-12-2002 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
I purchased my Newport 1979 a few months ago and have it almost done (restored). I kept the side console. I love the whole boat. There are several things to keep in mind when reading this board and buying a whaler of your own. First many of the people on this board are die hard whaler fans. Most people in the world of boating are not. Most people in boating do recognize the whaler name and buy one because of that, not whether it has a whaler center console or side console or whatever. I feel when buying a used baot (whaler) look at the hull and motor, then decide whether you like the layout.

I love my Newport because it has storage space, the Montauk has very little and I want to put a trolling motor up front and I'll be able to do that with the large deck up there.

Also, the Newport was redesigned some time after my '79, because I have seen several '86, '87 models with the Montauk center console, but the wrap around deck is the Newport trademark.

I have several pics I would share of my restore job if you are interested.

Good luck.

jay posted 08-12-2002 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for jay    
I've got an '86 Newport with center console. I bought boat used, but I think this was original setup.

Got to say I really love it. The side decks are much easier on butt to sit on. Also, the storage under the side decks is definite plus. All my friends laughed when they first saw it, but now they wish the had it.

fabio posted 08-12-2002 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for fabio  Send Email to fabio     
If you like a newport, you want to play, not fish. Or do you fish in lakes with worms? Don't take a classic newport and srew it up. Find a montauk it's more of man style boat.
luv, fabio
fabio posted 08-12-2002 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for fabio  Send Email to fabio     
If you like a newport, you want to play, not fish. Or do you fish in lakes with worms? Don't take a classic newport and srew it up. Find a montauk it's more of man style boat.
luv, fabio
fabio posted 08-12-2002 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for fabio  Send Email to fabio     
What the devil did i do to make 2 at one time. Is it because"it's my first time"?
luv, fabio
John O posted 08-12-2002 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
FIRST OFF ANYONY NAMED FABIO should not have any opinion on "manly" boats. i am sure all the plugs in his boat have seen extensively used.

I have a 1988 newport that was dealer converted before it was originally sold because of the run on CC's. It is a better boat than any Montaulk, Best of both worlds. I am not sure what the cost might be to convert. Don't listen to one bit of the BS about holding value,.. Value is based on what the next guy (or sheman) in the case of Fabio is willing to pay and the time of the sale. you may never want to sell the boat.

And if you do , don't bother posting it here because this is not a forum condusive to selling a boat. Again if the hul and motor chech out you have a better rig than any Montauk

John O posted 08-12-2002 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Fabio ... AKA Boston Marine ? = chick
John O posted 08-12-2002 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
caught 2 25lbs+ stripers of my "Newtauk" yesterday... I think the boat can fish
Bigshot posted 08-13-2002 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Do you realize this thread is 8 months old? Dave already did his conversion in the spring and it came out wonderful.
fabio posted 08-13-2002 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for fabio  Send Email to fabio     
John O, sorry if i offend you. i did not know you had a conv. Newport. i have only seen 1 Newport and I can't see why one would convert it.

And John O, please don't think i am BM. And please don't insult me.

fabio is just my nick name because i look like him. i have done some stand ins for him and he is very manly. He gets chicks and so do i. He is a very nice and very charitable person.

You seem mad that your boat was made fun of by me. And you have acted more like BM in the way you came back at me.

But i know you are not he. He would never pick a name like John O. Would he?
luv, fabio

Gep posted 08-13-2002 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
John O,
Just curious. Why would you say this forum isn't condusive to selling a boat?
Mike
John O posted 08-15-2002 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
go through the threads and see how people listing boats or looking to buy are ripped to shreds. hey that rhymes... at any rate sellers always seem to be told they are asking way to much from people not even interested in buying and buyers are often scolded for the price they pay. I have listed info for boats that I have seen and will continue to do so, but I would not list my boat here if I ever sell.
johnnywhaler posted 08-15-2002 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnnywhaler  Send Email to johnnywhaler     
Why does the "real" Fabio need a stand in? Doesn't he get paid just to stand around? Not trying to be rude just curious.
Bigshot posted 08-16-2002 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
It is for when he gets hit in the face by a duck.....what a dumbass!
johnnywhaler posted 08-16-2002 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnnywhaler  Send Email to johnnywhaler     
Ouch...that hurts!
Bigshot posted 08-16-2002 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Lucky it did not kill him and only broke his nose I think. Rollercoasters can be dangerous....especially for a dumbass:)
JBCornwell posted 08-16-2002 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
John O.

Well, I agree and I disagree.

If you want to list a Whaler here, there is no better place to list it. Your price, and the final selling price are between you and a serious buyer. Don't list a price and don't get into debates with "gunnel kickers".

Just tell us what you are offering to sell. If anyone is interested they can Email you or call you.

I got into a war over the price of one boat I offered, but it sold for my asking price.

The second boat I offered I kept price negotiations private and ran into no problems. It also sold.

Both of those Whalers were listed at least three other places, but sold to members of this Forum.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

John O posted 08-16-2002 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Point(s) well taken. I just felt bad when someones son had ran into finacial problems a few months back and his dad was trying to get what he had put into the boat. I think it was a newer Montauk. The seller to some undeserved S*** from folks that clearly were not interested in buying, but just busting chops.
JBCornwell posted 08-16-2002 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
That was me, John O. It was tough, but the boat sold at the asking price to a guy who looked at plenty of pics.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

John O posted 08-16-2002 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
some of the posts you got were bad. I am glad to here you got your price. It sounded like a nice well set up rig. I did not know that was you. did not look back on the post

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