Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The People's Boat - Newport 30
One of SF Bay's best known N-30's owned by Dick Arnoff.
We purchased our Newport 30 "Addiction" seven years ago and I have really come to appreciate the build, it's sailing capabilities and bang for the buck you get from these boats. Famed naval architect Gary Mull was hired by Capital Yachts to design a family cruiser for the San Francisco Bay and beyond. He came up with a classic! He was charged with designing a boat that would be able to accommodate a family of four or five for a weekend, be able to handle the chop and waves of the bay and be economical enough for the average Joe to afford. These boats are perfect for that and much more. The layout sleeps five although 3-4 is best. We have had her out on the bay in 40 knot winds and felt pretty comfortable on her. She does best in winds about 15-18 but we push her in the summer when most days are 25-30. A few years ago we added a nice furling jib and it has made our sailing on the bay much more enjoyable. There is lots of room for storage, galley and a full head are standard as are lots of sail controls for racing and fine tuning the rig. We have wheel steering on our boat along with the rigging for a spinnaker. We cruise at 6.5 knots and have seen many 7-8's on the speedo. This is not a blue water boat by any means but does well in the bay/delta and with the right equipment and weather, would be fine for coastal cruising. If you are looking for a used boat that is easy on the pocket book and the eyes, consider a Newport 30. For more info on Newports, please check out the Newport Owners page here.