Filed Under (Boat Reviews) by Debbie on 15-05-2008

The Newport Sailboat was built by Capital Yachts, Inc. from 1971 to 1996 in Harbor City California.  This review will focus on the Newport 30-MKIII, our is a 1985 Newport 30 sailboat.

Newport 30 Sailboat

The Newport 30-MKIII came with either a standard keel (5′ 2″) or shoal draft keel (4′ 0″).  The ballast on the Newport is a solid lead and alloy keel.  Galvanized iron keel bolts are permanently locked in place by positioning them in the keel at the time it’s poured.  An epoxy adhesive is applied to the top of the keel before it is bolted to the keel recess in the hull.  Fiberglass cloth is bonded over the entire joined area to further seal it.  A resin filler mixture is poured into the keel recess and allowed to harden.  This means the keel bolts and nuts are now permanently locked and should never have water come in contact with them.  Sail-away displacement averaged 8,500 lbs.

They came standard with a 2-cycle diesel engine.  There are times when you could wish for a slightly larger engine but our Universal diesel is proving to be a good little workhorse.  We average a half a gallon per hour with ours and given the cost of fuel these days that feels pretty good.

The hull to deck is bonded and bolted with an anodized toe rail.  The toe rail is a nice additional detail that Capital Yachts did and isn’t always found on older boats of similar make and size.  The anchor locker is at the bow and self contained so you don’t have foul smells venturing into the V-berth.

The mast is deck stepped and an optional item at production time was the jib roller furling.  Our Newport 30 came with the roller furling option and lines led to the cockpit.  Yes, you loose a bit in sail shape with a furler however if you’re not going to race then it’s much nicer to stay in the cockpit when working the sail.

A boom vang and masthead fly are two extremely important optional items that were offered.  It’s hard to know the wind direction and a mast head fly will always be pointing in the direction the wind is coming FROM.  It’s nice to quickly glance up to figure out the proper trim or a course change.

A boom vang, which will hold the boom horizontal when off the wind, will come with some of these older boats.  If it was dealer installed is would most likely be rigged from the boom to a bail at the base of the mast so it doesn’t have to be down rigged when gybing.  This is an added safety feature in case of an accidental gybe the boom would swing over without lifting up and maybe catching the leech of the mainsail on the leeward spreader.

Pedestal steering was another option other wise you’ll find a tiller.  If you buy a Newport 30 III with wheel steering, periodically check for loosened bolts and cable tension.  Also look for wear or ‘fish’ hooks on the cable and replace as necessary.  Three or four time a year, depending upon the frequency of use, lightly oil the chain, pedestal shaft bearings and sheave bearings with a 3-in-one oil as part of your maintenance routine.

Swim ladders on the stern were another option.  They make getting back aboard much more convenient.  If you’ve not read yet about how to have a safer swim ladder than maybe you should.

The cabin is well laid out and the 10′ 8″ beam gives you more space inside than the average 30 footer plus  those of you who are tall will appreciate the extra headroom.  The salon is open as the dinette table folds and stores against the bulkhead and when in place and opened it will comfortably seat six adults.  The V-berth comes with a teak door for privacy and with the center insert of the V-berth removed offers a nice amount of room to change clothes.

The head is just aft of the V-berth and is nice in size.  The standard was a vanity with storage outboard and below, shower with foot pump (ours is upgraded to pressure water), toilet with holding tank and manual discharge in approved areas, teak door with mirror.

Newport 30 salon starboard side The port settee slides out to form a double berth and there is a single berth to starboard.  Ample stowage can be found both behind and under these.  The teak interior is beautiful and classic giving warmth to the cabin.

The aft galley came standard with a serving island, double stainless steel sink, gimbaled stove and icebox.  For this size boat the galley is well sized as it gives the cook enough room to work comfortably.  They came with an icebox and we did an ice box conversion and now have a 12 volt fridge which is really nice.

Newport 30 GalleyThe nav-station was well thought out for this size boat.  The nav seat is body formed and the chart table slides away when not in use.  There is a teak drawer below the table and a chart light above.  It is a comfortable work area and nearly disappears when one needs to use the quarter berth.

They have fresh water storage for about 70 gallons and the fuel tank holds about 30 gallons.  There have been some issues with blisters but they have been easy to fix at least on ours.  If you found this helpful, please remember I have a real estate license and if you’re going to buy or sell I’d love to refer a local agent for an interview.  It costs you nothing and if you use them, they pay me a percentage which helps me keep this blog on the web.  The Newport 30 III sailboat is a nice coastal cruiser with a big boat feel.

If you like this review of Newport 30 Mark III then please give me a digg!

In answer to a question below regarding deck set up for racing, heres the photo’s promised.

Our Newport doesn’t have a foreguy but instead a downhaul so here’s  information from Capital City Yachts, please remember you can hold down the control key and click + and it will zoom in for you so you can read what’s listed:

Spinnaker gear layout

Newport 30 III  Mast and Boom Assembly

Newport spinnaker gear list

156 Comments posted on "Newport 30 Sailboat"
Tim Ramsey on May 15th, 2008 at 9:20 am #

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

Tim Ramsey

Debbie on May 15th, 2008 at 10:10 am #

Hi Tim,

Thank you for visiting with me. I really appreciate you taking time to read my blog and leave a comment. Please feel free to comment on any of my posts.

The ‘Archive’ tab is a great place to find other stories. Again, thanks for visiting!

Al Duquette on May 29th, 2008 at 9:52 am #

I’m the proud owner of a 87 N30, this is really a great boat. Everyone that comes aboard is totally amazied by the amount of room below and how well it is laid out. I have sailed in several storms on Lake Erie ( not by choice) and was very inpressed at how the boat handeled the wave conditions. The only thing that would make this a better boat, would be for some one to make a 13″ 3 blade feathering prop. Thank you for writing the review of the N30

Debbie on May 29th, 2008 at 11:31 am #

Hi Al,

Thank you for visiting with me! I love our N30 and we’ve had the same experience as you when people come aboard. They are a great older sailboat and generally an affordable way for a family or single hander to get into sailing.

Don Wahlstrom on May 29th, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

Debbie, nice web site!

I’ve owned my ’86 N30 MKIII since 2000 and really love it. The N30 has all the features and room to compare with larger 36 or even 38 foot boats at a fraction of the cost.

Keep sailing and writing.

Debbie on May 29th, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

Hi Don,

Wow, thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate everyone so much for coming to spend time with me and read what I’ve written.

We have many friends with larger boats but all in all I have to say we really have about as much ‘living’ space as they do. With the dining table folded against the bulkhead it really opens up the salon. They are nice boats and don’t stay on the market here very long.

Thank you again for visiting!

sailboat ct on June 3rd, 2008 at 11:40 am #

Super Review! We’ve been looking for a new to us boat and found one of these but didn’t know anything about them. Nice to find some helpful info!

Debbie on June 3rd, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

Thanks! I’m really glad it helped you out. We didn’t know anything about them when we found ours either. They’re great boats. Thanks for visiting!

keith on June 11th, 2008 at 9:46 am #

hey! i have a 1985 newport 30 here in the kemah, tx. area. just got her nov. ’07. love her. very proud to have people come aboard and they can’t believe how roomy and nice it is. i live 60 miles away and i spend every spare moment down there now. i have spent 5 nights in a row on board at the marina and only came back to go to work 🙁

it’s a wonderful boat.

Debbie on June 11th, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

Hi Keith,

I’m glad you’re enjoying your boat. We live 60 miles from ours too…kinda frustrating but worth the drive up. If we lived close I’d be there all the time!

They really do have quite a bit of room inside for a 30 footer. I’ve been in 40’s with less interior space.

Enjoy your boat and I hope you get back to her real soon. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

Anita and Julie on June 25th, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

Hi there, great post. We also have a newport 30 Mark 111 1985. We love this boat, she is super reliable, sails great and is super roomy for all the family including the dog. Keep the posts coming we enjoy reading them.

Gary Zerbst on June 25th, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

We own N 30 III Hull No. 1106 We bought her new in 82 and she still serves our needs for coastal cruising. I also cruise around the buoys and I’ve got a wall full of trophies. The Port side bulkhead of N 30 III’s needs to be solidly tabbed to the deck overhead to prevent deck to chainplate movement causing chronic chainplate leaks and thus bulkhead rot.
If you are interested in a design for a more balanced rudder ( Lighter tiller or wheel forces), drop me a line. My info is offered for free. I just replaced the factory rudder with a new one of my design and manufacture with a NASA developed foil shape and with proper balance. I cannot believe how much better
(easier) she sails with the new rudder.
My owners manual says she draws 5’2″ but my tapemeasure shows over 6 ft from the bootstripe scumline to bottom of keel.

Gary Zerbst on June 25th, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

OOPS! my e-mail address doesn’t show in the previous post. For rudder info, contact me at [email protected]

Debbie on June 25th, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

Hi Anita and Julie,

Thanks so much for your kind words! These boats are just wonderful and as you’ve said, super roomy.

Debbie on June 25th, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

Hi Gary,

Thanks for the info! I’m sure there are many who’d be interested in the rudder design. I think you’re right about the draft from the ‘scum line’. Good observation!

Bobby Ward on July 28th, 2008 at 7:02 am #

Nice write up – have you folks had the pleasure of pulling the shaft on your N-30? If so would like to ask you a few questions on the process.



Debbie on July 28th, 2008 at 7:54 am #

Hi Bobby,

Thank you so much for visiting. The previous owner pulled the shaft and we haven’t as yet had to. So I’m not much help there.

However, I may know another reader to my site that might be able to help you. I’ll email him and ask. Once I hear back I’ll let you know.

Russ Leighton on July 28th, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

We bought our ’86 MKIII earlier this year. I sortof got talked into buying it by my wife an best friend who convinced me a 77 yo sailor needed a little more conservative boat than the Beneteau E30 I was eyeing. They were right!
As with any older boat some work was needed. There was considerable gelcoat blistering on the bottom and keel. Tom May tool care of that and put on a to-die-for VC Offshore bottom, Martec eliptical folding prop, and we installed a PSS dripless shaft seal. The boat is incredibly fast for a 30 footer. A new main is on order which should additionally help speed.
One of the wire jib halyards has jammed in the masthead sheave and we are going to replace both wire halyards with high-tech ultra low stretch fabric when the rigger replaces the sheave.
I also installed self-tailing Harken winches on the cabin top to replace the one non-self tailer.
This boat has the 3 cylinder Universal M25 diesel engine that with a total lack on insulation is a bit noisy but pushed us along at a good clip at 2500 RPM.
Previous owwners had installed a Facnor roller furler which allows us to utilize the twin luff foil as a non-furler to facilitate headsail changes during racing, a great bimini, and air conditioning.
I installed a backstay tensioner car and am awaiting the rigger to install anchor points for the adjusting tackle.
I am looking forward to some near-offshore racing and coastal cruising. Every time I sail this boat I like it a little bit more.
The only negative is the teak and holly cabin sole has delaminated at the foot of the companionway and outside if the head so I am just going to carpet it with some attractive indoor/outdoor carpet (the factory offered shag carpeting as an option).
Gary Mull always designed in the capability to carry the man overboard pole internally. There are parts of that installationin the boat and I am thinking of having the job completed so we don’t have the pole hanging around on the outside. Throwing the horseshoe will drag the pole right out of the transom.
During the bottom job and installation of the folding prop we had to shorten the prop shaft 3+ inches as the prop hit the rudder when it folded. To pull the shaft I soaked the flange lock screws with boshield until they broke loose readily, then filled the lockscrew holes with boshield for three days. The shaft slipped right out of the flange with a minimum of effort. Then we dropped the rudder to remove the shaft from the boat. On the way back in after shortening the shaft we installed the new shaft seal.

Debbie on July 28th, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

Hi Russ,

Thanks so much for the information! I appreciate your visit. I’m really glad to hear you are enjoying your Newport more each time.

They are a fast little boat with quite a bit of room inside. Ours came with a seperate shaft and two blade folding prop but we’ve just never installed it. The first owner raced her quite a bit.

Thanks again for sharing with all of us about your boat and the info on how you pulled your shaft.

Bobby Ward on August 1st, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

Update – prop shaft removal – Newport 30

Cut the transmission flange laterally and was able to hammer it of the shaft. There is not enough room between the transmission and packing gland to get a gear puller in.

Dropped the rudder this morning and have the shaft out of the boat and have had it checked for true.

Replacing the cutlass bearing next week (will have to cut out as it is part of the support strut now) then will put everything back together again.


Sailing Vessel Gra’inne
Island Packet 350 (currently in Grenada)

Debbie on August 1st, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

Hi Bobby,

Thank you so much for coming back in and sharing this important bit of information! I know somewhere, someone else is going to need to know this and you’re going to be the one they send up blessings for.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Mac McAdam on August 7th, 2008 at 9:14 am #

We’ve sailed our N30-II on Lake Erie since 1980. Haven’t seen anything that we like better enough to consider a change. I do have a complete set of cushion covers for sale. They are light grey which makes it lighter below. They are in excellent condition with full zippers. They are made from automotive upholstry fabric which is sun, moisture, and wear protected. If interested use my Email or call 313-530-6382.

Mac McAdam on August 7th, 2008 at 9:18 am #

While I am at this site…if anyone knows of a stock bimini that is a nice design, I would like to know the source.

Debbie on August 7th, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

Hi Mac,

Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you still enjoy your Newport they are sweet boats.

So, anyone know about the bimini or need cushion covers?

Jim Steadman on August 30th, 2008 at 9:04 am #

We own a 1987 Newport 30 MK III, located in Burnham Harbor in chicago. Have had her since 2000. I re-did a dealer-attempt at a bottom job in 2002 – dealer wouldn’t acknowledge that blisters that came back two years after a bottom job were part of the original curse. Now, we have a dry bottom, well faired and no blister activity on bottom in five years.
Put in rudder bushing on top this year – had many bushings machined for me so have extras. Woould be interested in the covers, Mac, but couldn’t find your e-mail address. I had a bimini constructed – nothing stock to be found – cost me $1600 a couple of years ago. Wouldn’t be without it now.
Also had sheaves for masthead and boom ends constructed this year. Extras on those, too. Reset the chainplates with 3M compound – no leaks this Summer. Have found great sail deals from Somerset Sails in New York. Main and 10 genoa so far. Good man. Great prices.
Don’t get to sail her as much asn I would like. I now teach others to sail at a company called SailTime – work in two harbors.
Thanks for creating the site. There is a large Newport site at if you are interested.

Debbie on August 30th, 2008 at 9:43 am #

Hi Jim,

Sounds like you’ve gotten the blister problem licked! We reset our chainplates a couple of years ago with the same product. Works great.

I don’t think we’d ever get enough time on our Newport unless we were living on her… You’re right about the Newport site, I was really flattered to find they picked up my review!

Mac McAdam on August 30th, 2008 at 6:34 pm #

Jim Steadman:
Yes I have a set of cusion covers for a Newport 30 , light grey, in excellent condition for sale. My Email is [email protected] or phone is 313-530-6382. I’m in Dearborn, Michigan and I get to the Chicago area about once a month. Call me MAC

Bruce Honer on September 23rd, 2008 at 9:27 am #

does anyone know how thick the hull of a 1970 newport30′ is just before the keel,,I want to install a transducer for sonar on the centerline

Debbie on September 23rd, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

Hi Bruce,

I wish I could help you with this but sadly I don’t have the answer. Anybody know what the thickness is?

[…] were easy to fix (not done by us). Don’t know if this would help you but I’ve got a review here: Newport 30 Sailboat Review We really like ours, she’s a 1985. There were quiet a few things we needed to address once she […]

Jerry Gustafson on November 23rd, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

This is for Bruce:
We have a 30 MK II, and used the shoot thru the bottom technique.
We experimented by putting the transducer in the bilge, off to the side of the keel, used a cottage cheese container with the bottom cut out, then used some sealer around the contact with the bilge floor, filled it with water, put the transducer in it and hooked the wires up, and it worked beautifully. Next, we cleaned the bilge floor, put the cottage cheese container back in with the transducer. But, we went to a hospital and asked for an old tube of EKG transducer paste, they were happy to donate it, now it comes in little packages mostly, used a liberal amount, paste on the bilge floor and the transducer then poured in about 1/2 inch of epoxy to hold it in place. This was 8-10 years ago, still working. Jerry, 1978 Newport MKII on Grand Lake in OK.

Debbie on November 23rd, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

Hi Jerry,

Thanks for this info! These are great boats…we love ours!

Greg Gorbach on November 30th, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

I have an’87 N30 MarkIII. I have an M25 3 cylinder diesel. The PO installed sound deadening insulation. At 2000 RPM its not bad at all. Last time I had the boat out of the water, I had the prop balanced which wasn’t a bad idea. I have actually broken a couple of the original wire to rope halyrards. You can actually replace them with regular low stretch rope without worrying about the sheave on the masthead. You do not need to buy the small ultra high strength line. It is expensive, harder to grip and does not fit the old rope clutches (if you have them) BTW, the sheaves at the masthead are not a standard size so good luck on finding a replacement especially if you need it in a hurry. My boat is actually in a charter fleet in SF bay where it gets used over 100 days a year in year round use and has minimal repair costs. A boat used for private use where it will be hauled for half of each year will probably last forever! I’m very happy with this boat

Debbie on November 30th, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

Hi Greg,

We’ve thought about installing a sound barrier so I’m happy to hear yours works well. When we replaced our halyards we did go with the rope to wire replacement and have been happy with them. It’s good to hear though that someone else did a rope halyard replacement and that it’s working well. Good information! Thanks so much for sharing with everyone. Like you, we are very happy with our Newport 30.

Kevin McNally on December 22nd, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

Nice site! We have owned a 1984 N-30 III for the past five years and we couldn’t be more pleased with her. While not a thoroughbred like the J-35 I crew on Lake Erie, the N-30 nevertheless is a tough, solid comfortable cruiser with more room than most in the 30 to 34 foot class. I wish she’d point a bit better, but she’s faster than any Catalina 30 on a reach. She gets a little overpowered with the 150 in anything near twenty knots; however, put a tuck in the main and roll in the jib 30% and she pops right back up. No major problems to report. So far, so good. Again, nice site. Keep up the good work.

Debbie on December 23rd, 2008 at 9:53 am #

Thanks Kevin! I appreciate the kind words. You’re right about the room inside the N-30’s almost eveyone who comes aboard comments about the space. These are great boats!

Thanks again for the kind words.

jason on December 29th, 2008 at 12:14 am #

Great info Here,

I have become interested in a 1985 n30 for sale. This info is very helpful. Are there any negative sailing characteristics Such as severe weather helm or other conditions that i need to consider? Do they have physical problems that are typical of the model? I understand an older boat will have some issues. Judging by comments on this site the n30 is a good old boat.Thanks For taking the time to create this page. Jason.

Debbie on December 29th, 2008 at 9:17 am #

Hi Jason,

I think the above comments show the main issues folks have with the N30’s. We’ve only had an issue with weather helm when over canvassed… I think the old saying… If you think you should reef it’s too late…is correct. When we don’t have up too much sail for our wind conditions, she’s a great boat.

The blisters were not a huge problems and appear to have been easy to fix. There is always something that needs attention on a boat. So I guess you need to look at how the previous owner/s have kept up on things.

Be sure to have a survey done on both the boat and the engine. It’s good insurance and better to spend a few hundred dollars to find out the down and dirty and walk away. Than to buy without knowing and spend, spend, spend to fix her up.

If you poke around in the archives you’ll be able to find the problems we’ve had and what we’ve done to fix them. My hubby and I are both very hands on types and fix up our problems when possible. We’ve learned a great deal about our boat by doing that.

Please, check back in and let me know if you buy her. Don’t forget that I’m hosting free blogs for sailors where you can journal your sailing adventures.

Thanks for visiting with me and best of luck with your search for a boat.

jason on December 30th, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

Thanks for the helpful info. I will let you know if i buy that boat.

Debbie on December 31st, 2008 at 8:20 am #

Hey Jason,

I look forward to hearing what kind of boat you get!

Paul on January 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

Debbie – thank you for providing this very nice website.

I wanted to comment on the sailing characteristics of our 1981 Newport 30 Mk III. The boat sails the same whether we have all the sails up or just a small piece of the furling jib out. We have many comments on how well the steering is balanced. You can usually take your hands off the wheel and the boat will go straight. The boat gives progressively more weather helm as it begins to get over-powered. Easing a sheet, traveler or reducing sail brings the boat quickly back into balance. We sail regularly in winds up to 35 knots with confidence.

Debbie on January 28th, 2009 at 10:05 am #

Hi Paul,

Thanks for visiting and adding to the comments for the Newport 30. They are great boats and I never get enough time on ours.

I appreciate your kind words about my blog. I continue to be surprised by the folk who visit and the places they come from to visit with me. I never truly understood ‘world wide web’ until this!

Please support my sponsors as they assist in the continued availability of this site. Remember too, I host free blogs for all boaters should you like to journal your boating trips. A quick email to me will get you started!

Thanks again!

Christian on January 28th, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

I am just now looking at a 1975 Newport 30. I an new to the Newport models. Any general thoughts on these older boats? Anything in particular to look out for?


Debbie on January 29th, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

Hi Christian,

I appreciate your visit and question. First off the Newport is a great little boat. Hopefully you found some helpful information in this post and the comments that followed.

You may want to look over the post on the Helms 25 as there is some information there on things to look for when thinking about buying a new for you boat.

As with any boat purchase a good surveyor should be brought in to look it over. Someone who’s name you get while walking the docks or from your insurance agent.

Webmaster on February 11th, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

The site’s very professional! Keep up the good work! Oh yes, one extra comment – maybe you could add more pictures too! So, good luck to your team!

Debbie on February 12th, 2009 at 8:57 am #

Yes, I agree I need more photo’s. I can’t count the times we’ve done some repair, generally one of those “This just broke, gotta fix it now.” Only to say after that it would have been nice to have the camera with us. I’m trying to remember to always bring it with us now, so hopefully this next season will bring more pic’s. Thanks!

SANDY on March 2nd, 2009 at 11:34 am #

I am looking seriously at a 1986 Newport 30. It was very helpful to read this blog and the posts. The boatmfr. & the model seem to hold a high level of respect & confidence from owners. I was wondering about the M-20 performance on Lake Erie. Someone answered that question, to my relief. If I buy the boat, I hope to access & participate with this Newport community. Thanks for creating this site.

Debbie on March 2nd, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

Hi Sandy,

Thanks for visiting with me and best luck on your boat purchase. I know how hard it is to make that final decision! Don’t forget the survey, they are well worth the money.

Tom on March 26th, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

I am looking at a 1988 Newport 30… second as I bought my first one new. Have you heard of any Newport 30’s having “significant” blister problems? Mine had a few, which I always fixed. I am wondering now, 21 years later, what people are seeing.


Tom from Texas

Debbie on March 26th, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

Hi Tom,

Thanks for visiting! We bought our Newport 30 when she was about 20 years old. The previous owner had had a few blisters fixed just before we bought her and when we hauled a couple of years ago there were only 4-5 of them.

I haven’t heard from anyone with big problems but I guess that really would depend on the P.O.

A survey would be a good idea and is very helpful when buying an older boat. Good luck!

Tom on March 26th, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

Thanks Debbie. However, I have a unique problem. The boat is on a fresh water lake, which is down 8 feet from normal. Getting it out for a survey means hiring a crane, (in combination with other boat owners that happen to be taking their boat out at the same time to move or sell them). That is a $2800 situation plus the survey. You see the problem and the reason for my question about how Newport 30’s have fared on average. I can negotiate that cost into the price, however, a decision to not buy at that point, is an expensive “no” decision.


Debbie on March 29th, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

Wow, Tom you are in a unique situation. When was the last time the bottom was painted and by who? Is it possible to contact that company? Maybe they’d have some documentation.

There’s a lot of variables $2,800 could be cheap or spendy depending….

So, anyone out there have anything more to add?

Tom on April 13th, 2009 at 1:48 pm #


Well, we bought the boat and couldn’t be happier. I do have one question. Has anyone come up with a better idea of what to do with the forward quarterberth? We need to get the rest re-upholstered, but doing so to that area seems to be such a waste as no one sleeps there. Any ideas?


Paul on April 13th, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

You have a great site, thanks. I am considering buying a Newport 30 MkIII vs. a Catalina 27, both built around 1987. The Catalina is in great condition but I haven’t seen the Newport 30. They are roughly the same price. Any thoughts? Thanks.

Debbie on April 13th, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

Hey Tom,

Congrats on the boat! Where’s my pic’s?

We have a V-berth forward which we use for sleeping. Our quarterberth is aft. We use it as a ‘garage’ so to speak. Dock chairs and table, inflatable kayak, extra beer….

Let me know how it’s going and please, email me some pic’s!

Debbie on April 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

Hi Paul,

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words.

I think both the Catalina and the Newport are great little boats. Our buddy has a Catalina so we’ve had the opportunity to sail on her.

Although I think maybe a previous post might help you more. I’ll try a link here. If it doesn’t work look in the archive for September and the post comparing sailboats.

Tom on April 14th, 2009 at 11:54 am #


I will send pics when we get it to Houston…probably early May. you have a great site here and we will try to be frequent contributors.

Tom & Genie

Tom on April 14th, 2009 at 12:08 pm #


I just went through the same comparison and have the advantage of being a former owner of a Catalina and a Newport. Assuming we are talking boats in approximately the same ages, in my opinion, there is no comparison. The Newport is far and away the better boat. Better constructed, better sailing and keeps it’s looks longer. Our original Newport 30 III we bought new in 1987. We sold it only do to a move. When we got near the water again, there was no doubt what we wanted. However, just to be on the safe side we did the comparison again and the results came out the same. We compared several well-maintained 20+ year old Newport versus the same age Catalina. At least in our eyes the Newport 30 is still a much better boat. Catalina has the advantage of still being around, but I am not sure with a boat from the 80’s that really matters. Every boat is different of course and how well any boat is maintained means a lot. The Catalina is a nice boat…but ….apples to apples….take the Newport 30. We did….again.

Tom & Genie


Debbie on April 16th, 2009 at 7:12 am #

Hey Tom and Genie,

Looking forward to the pic’s! I’d definitely like to hear about your adventures with your new boat…as would others I’m sure. Please, keep us posted.

Ari on April 24th, 2009 at 8:12 am #

I’m getting ready to sell my favorite boat I’ve ever owned. 1987 Newport 30 Mk III. Job has moved me away from coast and I won’t have time to sail her. 24K. Just had the bottom professionally redone. I can’t wait to sail her again. She’s going to be fast. New Harken Cruiser 1 reefing furler. Boat is in Destin Area. I’m announcing it here to give Newport 30 enthusiasts a chance at her first.
feel free to email me [email protected] or call 512-284-3808. I’m probably going to list it on Ebay within the week. The Newport 30 truly is one of the best coastal cruisers for the money. This one is a jewel.

Debbie on April 24th, 2009 at 9:32 am #

Best of luck with your move. That’s sad you have to sell your boat, but your loss will be someones gain.

David Ward on May 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

This is a question for the racers. I would like to see some set ups for where the cam cleats for the twingers are located and how the fore guy is led back. Newport 30 Mk III has a curved cabin. This means at least 3 fairleads on each side. If someone can send some pics that would be a big help. Thanx

David Ward on May 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

Sorry, forgot my email [email protected]

Debbie on May 4th, 2009 at 10:46 am #

Hi David,

If you don’t get any pictures maybe I can help. The original owner of our boat raced and it’s still set up for it. Maybe if I take pic’s and send them to you it would help?

Let me know and I’ll take them the next trip to the boat.

David Ward on May 4th, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

Debbie, that would be a great help. Thanx. [email protected]

Debbie on May 4th, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

Hey David,

I’ll take pictures as soon as I can and send them off to you. Any racers out there help me out! I’m a slow as you go gal even though I like a wet rail!

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Debbie on May 11th, 2009 at 11:50 am #

Debbie on May 21st, 2009 at 9:45 am #

Donna, asked about this under one of the photo’s so I’m moving it here in case others have input for her.

I was so glad to fine this blog, we have the same boat, 30′ MKIII 1985, what we need to know is what do we need to put on mast to use the spinnaker, I see in the manual that is says spinnaker piece and then you attach the block, but I really need to know exactly what piece this is who sells it etc.. Thank you so much Donna

Newport 30 Sailboat Mast and Boom Assembly on May 21st, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

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Newport 30 Sailboat Spinnaker Gear List on May 21st, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

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Tom on June 2nd, 2009 at 2:02 pm #


See from my earlier post that Genie and I just purchased a 1988 Newport 31. It is finally in it’s slip in Houston. One question….it is missing…..probably rotted away, since it was the shower floor….the grate from the floor of the head, which, if memory serves me right…..was a teak, crosshatch piece that was made for the boat. Does anyone have a replacement suggestion?


Tom & Genie

John Madden on June 3rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

We have enjoyed our 1987 Mk III since December 1986. We still think of it as our new boat. Lately it has served as our “little place on the water,” more like a beach house than a sailboat. When I ordered it I had CY install the sliding ports over the galley and nav table like the center salon ports in the 33. They provide lots more ventilation for the Florida climate. It is a great boat! Several years ago I put it up for sale and got an offer at my asking price. Fortunately, I came to my senses just in time to back out of the sale.
I have a question for you or one of your readers: When the oddly shaped fixed ports begin to leak, where does one find replacements? I have been considering replacing them with stock square opening ports, but I hate to mess with the looks. For the first 20 years it didn’t leak a drop.

Debbie on June 4th, 2009 at 9:43 am #

Humm…good question! I’ll have to check around. Anyone out there with an answer?

You might try Sailorman.

Larry B. on July 9th, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

I had a problem with same leaking portlights. The cabin curves and the frame will also but the fixed glass in the fram does not. I think they always leaked for most Newport owners. I had lexan cut about 1 inch wider than the openings and with dark caulking to match the tent of the lexan. This is through bolted to the inside of the cabin and it works great. To finish off the openings just sand down and use black paint. The curtins really keep this out of sight anyway. Happy to send along a picture if requested.

John Madden on July 13th, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

Thanks, Larry. That sure sounds like a doable option. I would like to see a picture, if you would be so kind. Send to [email protected]

Kurt Schroeder on July 30th, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

Hi Debbie,

I live in Rota, Marianas Trust Territory. Me and my wife moved there after completing a circumnavigation in a Nor’Sea 27. We sold the N S to build a house on the island. That done,a boat was missing to make our paradise more complete. I found a 78 NP 30 in L.A., bought it and prepared it for the for the 6400 NM Pacific crossing.

The first leg to Hawaii was single-handed. I found a used windvane, which I mounted on the stern port-side. It held course very straight and dependable. The vane was lost right at the start do to high waves from a Low the off the Oregon coast. A galley cabinet door served as a replacement to take me to Hilo, HW. It took 22 days,the first 1000 miles where cold and wet after that, it warmed up.The whole trip to Hawaii was sailed, first with a heavy weather jib and later with a 160% Genny.

The next leg from Hilo via Wake Island, where the Air-Force donated some supplies, was done in 35 days. Luckly for this part I had a companion, a teacher from Rota joined me. We had beautiful downwind sail, dotted with some times very heavy squalls.The boat did great. We arrived in Rota after 57 days, used 30 Gallon of Diesel for motoring close to the islands when the wind died and to keep the fridge and radar going.

Now we have an inter island coastal sailing ship, which my wife loved after our first local sail.

We arrived in Rota on July 18 2009. I think your Review had some thing to do with me getting this boat,thank you very much!


Debbie on August 3rd, 2009 at 8:21 am #

Hi Kurt,

Wow, what a story! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

I’m so happy to hear you both like the Newport. We just love ours. Your story is encouraging given the distance you traveled, it gives me hope for the cruising I’d like to do once my daughter is grown.

If you’ve a digital camera, I’d love a picture!

Again, thanks for sharing your amazing story with all of us. I’m sure your experience will help others make the decision when considering a Newport 30.

Pete Thompson on September 12th, 2009 at 10:29 am #

Hi Debbie,
I am in the process of buying a 1985 N30. Survey is next week. The seatrial on Thursday was a blast. It’s a fixer upper, but will be a labor of love I know.

I enjoyed your post and apprecaite the information. Keep up the good work.

John Madden and Larry B: I want to replace the fixedports on my boat as well. Would you be so kind as to send any photos and information to me at [email protected].

The N30 will be my first boat, so I appreciate any tips and information that is offered.


Tom & Genie on September 15th, 2009 at 11:49 am #


You have made a great selection. I purchase a 1987 Newport 30, new and loved the boat. I sold it in 2000, much to my regret. Recently I purchased a 1988 Newport 31, which is just a slightly stretched 30. I am restoring it, which has been a labor of love for me as well. As you have read from previous postings, eventually, all windows leak. On the 31 they did for the former owner as well, and unfortunately he didn’t fix it, so I will have to replace one upper panel of teak that has started to rot away. That has been the only problem I have found. One suggestion….To try to temporarily stop the leaks before I got around to replacing that panel, I ran a bead of 3M 5200 around the outside of the windows, as well as between the rubber gasket next to the glass and the frame. I also did the same around the main chainplates as there was evidence of leaking there as well. Knock on wood…..the leaks have completely stopped. While long term this is probably not the best answer, it has certainly bought me some time, at very low expense, until I am ready to replace that one piece of teak, and reset the windows.

Good luck with your Newport. You will love it.

Tom Boles

Linda Voelkl on October 24th, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

This is my first post. I am in the process of buying a 1974 Newport 30. It has been on the hard since the end of the 2007 season. It needs a good cleaning, but appears to be in good shape. Surveyed in 2002 and rechecked in 2006. I’m planning to sail it (ICW) to Florida and Live aboard in Fall opf 2010. She has a tiller. How practical ($$$$) is converting to wheel steering? The boat needs a bimini and a dodger. Any recommendations on where to get those? After the wash down and thorough cleaning what type of products would you use to bring the hull and deck shine back? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks

Greg Byrne on October 24th, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

I’m happy to find another site where Newport owners are sharing experiences and helping each other.

We sail an ’83 Mk III out of Olympia WA. Bought it a couple years ago in Oak Harbor. I came with four head sails; the spinnaker and storm jib had never been out of their bags. Previous owner had rewired and replumbed it. The Universal 20 never misses a beat.

We’re very pleased with the boat, how she handles under sail, and how sea-kindly and roomy she is.

We make improvements as time and $$ allow, including companionway doors on spring hinges. They stow when the boat is locked up, but really make moving in and out of the cabin a breeze at anchor or underway. (Boy, teak is expensive!)

Like the last post, I’d appreciate any advice on bringing the deck and cockpit glass back. It’s dull, of course, and has some spider cracking in places. We’ve also got to replace some foam, and recover everything. Any advice out there?

Thanks for the blog. I’ll check in often.


Debbie on October 27th, 2009 at 8:50 am #

Hi Linda and Greg,

Thanks for visiting and welcome aboard! Wow…I didn’t realize how many comments are here until today. What a wonderful surprise!

First off Linda, congrats on the new to you boat.

I have had both tiller and wheel, each have +/-. I much prefer the ‘tactile’ benefits of a tiller as I can ‘feel’ the boat better. However, we currently have a wheel (came with) and while I miss the feel I like the wheel okay too. I’m not sure if I were in your shoes that I’d spend my hard earned cash changing out the tiller. I don’t think it’s something we’d try to do ourselves. In the end only you can decide.

I’d definitely spend for a dodger and bimini. Ours came with but we’ve had work done at a local boat upholstery shop. If you’re handy with a sewing machine you could get everything you need from Sailrite (yes that’s a link to them) and build it yourself. They have great kits for the DIY types. Greg they also have foam and fabrics for those inside projects. As well as DVD’s of how-to’s.

As far as the hull and deck. We’ve tried several products to bring back ours. At the last Seattle Boat Show we talked with a vendor from Driven and he sold us a set of cleaners and waxes. There really is a great difference in shine with the system he sold us.

Doesn’t do anything for the spider cracking. I did see an article in an older magazine but I haven’t read it or done any repairs yet so I can’t help there. Anyone else?

I guess the only other thing I’d say would be directed to Linda. Florida has many areas that are not very happy to have live-aboards. I understand it’s currently an on going legal discussion… So unless you’re living in a marina, I’d consider myself a ‘transient US vessel’. Then change my hook location so I’m not always in the same spot. We’ve a guy that’s living aboard on the Columbia River. He’s been in the same spot for several years now.

Yeah, Greg, you’re right…teak is really expensive!!!

Linda Voelkl on October 27th, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

Hi Debbie,
Thanks for such an informative answer.Since talking, I’ve decided not to switch to a wheel…very costly and not always the same result as a factory wheel. The tiller has auto helm and the previous owner said he was happy with it. As far as Florida goes, The live aboard community I’m looking at is 10.00 a ft. plus a 160.00 mo “live aboard” fee. Shorepower from the local untility co. is about 50.00 mo.Insurance for me is about 110.00 mo (if anyone knows a cheaper rate please share!)Total about 680. mo or the same as rent on an apartment (but more fun) The down side of living on the hook is power availability, laundry and a “real” shower once in a while! I’ll be working a few (3-4) days a week for a nother 2-3 yrs. so I think the slip is a must have for the rest of my work life…unless someone out there has a better idea. Great site and blog. Thanks,

Greg Byrne on October 27th, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

I agree. I’ve sailed for more than 40 years, with tiller and wheel. You can keep your wheels. The tiller gives greater feel and control, and connects you to the boat. The wheel separates you from it, and turns a boat into a truck.
A tiller also lets you tuck under the dodger in dirty weather.

Debbie on November 11th, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

Moving a question from another post in the hopes someone with a Newport has the answer.

neil m on November 7th, 2009 at 2:43 pm # We have a newport 30 mark2 1978. this boat has sevear weather helm in 19 plus kt of wind. When I went to rake the mast, I found it rake forwrd 4 inches. Spoke to rigger and he said that sometimes the builder did this to reduce weather helm. Have any of your readers heard this.

Burney Turner on November 11th, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

Has any one ever sailed a newport 30 from say San Francisco , Los Angles , to Hawaii ? Would anyone on this page do it , provided the boat its self was up to the adventure ? Or even from Astoria Or. up north to the San Juan Islands ? Any thoughts on these voyages would strongly influence my decision on purchase of a Newport 30 . Thank you in advance . By the way , this blog is straight up boomin ! !

Debbie on November 11th, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

Hi Burney,

Thanks for your kind words about my blog. I never really thought anyone would read any of this stuff!

Our Newport 30 has gone from Portland OR into the San Juans several times by the first owner whom we’ve talked with. We are hoping to go up ourselves with her.

It seems to me (if old lady brain is working correctly) that a Newport 30 did the Pacific Cup…a race from San Fran? to Hawaii.

There are so many comments above that it’s hard to read through all. I’m copying a comment from above that might be helpful for you.

Hi Debbie,

I live in Rota, Marianas Trust Territory. Me and my wife moved there after completing a circumnavigation in a Nor’Sea 27. We sold the N S to build a house on the island. That done,a boat was missing to make our paradise more complete. I found a 78 NP 30 in L.A., bought it and prepared it for the for the 6400 NM Pacific crossing.

The first leg to Hawaii was single-handed. I found a used windvane, which I mounted on the stern port-side. It held course very straight and dependable. The vane was lost right at the start do to high waves from a Low the off the Oregon coast. A galley cabinet door served as a replacement to take me to Hilo, HW. It took 22 days,the first 1000 miles where cold and wet after that, it warmed up.The whole trip to Hawaii was sailed, first with a heavy weather jib and later with a 160% Genny.

The next leg from Hilo via Wake Island, where the Air-Force donated some supplies, was done in 35 days. Luckly for this part I had a companion, a teacher from Rota joined me. We had beautiful downwind sail, dotted with some times very heavy squalls.The boat did great. We arrived in Rota after 57 days, used 30 Gallon of Diesel for motoring close to the islands when the wind died and to keep the fridge and radar going.

Now we have an inter island coastal sailing ship, which my wife loved after our first local sail.

We arrived in Rota on July 18 2009. I think your Review had some thing to do with me getting this boat,thank you very much!


small boat with a decent head? - SailNet Community on February 8th, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

[…] Well, to toot my own boat horn… I’ve a Newport 30 and could live aboard her just fine. He should be able to find one in pretty good shape for that price. Nice galley, head and V-berth. Beamy little coastal cruiser. I had a note from a guy that bought one and took her to the Northern Marianas. Don’t think I’d try that but I do have my eyes set on the San Juan’s and Mexico.. Here’s a link to my review and the comments from that guy and others. Newport 30 Sailboat Review […]

Steve Frank on February 9th, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

great info! I’m looking at a Newport 30 to replace my Columbia 26 and your site has helped me make the right decision. I’ll buy it. Aloha from Hilo, HI

Debbie on February 10th, 2010 at 8:16 am #

Hi Steve,

Glad you found this helpful. Much of the information I gleaned from the owners manual still in our boat when we bought it.

We’d never heard of the Newport’s and couldn’t find any info to help with our buying decision. Thankfully our surveyor had one so we depended on her and her work.

We’ve been real happy with ours. If you buy her I’d sure love a pic!


Dave on March 4th, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

thanks great write up. greatest sailboat our family has owned. tied for best boat we have ever owned with the 17 1/2 foot double eagle.

Carl on March 4th, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

The N30 is working for me. Big enough to be stiff in the local LA wind and small enough to not eat up too much marina money each month.

Sails pretty good – has plenty of sail when you need it.

Stayed afloat on a very rough gale induced crossing from Catalina in October 2009… should have turned around and stayed at the island another day – but the boat stayed upright and the traveller did not yank out on hard jibes… and I lived. Funny – while out there I could have sworn the waves were 16-feet but when I got back and checked the it said they were only 9-feet. Ha. More experienced sailors might not have blinked… I blinked at every wave.

Honestly the boat sailed fine in trying conditions.

I like the engine access on the 1979 MK II model and the interior works good for one. Two people seem to bump into each other – can’t imagine how people squeeze four and six onboard.

I like the head room.

My boat has a dodger and I would like to add a bimini.

The N30 has been a lot of fun.


Debbie on March 4th, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

Hi Dave,

Yeah the Newport really rates high with my hubby and me, we just love her.

Debbie on March 4th, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

Hi Carl,

Sounds like you had quite the trip home! I haven’t had waves like that ever, can’t imagine.

I agree about bumping into each other with 2 aboard and it’s really tough with 4!

Steve on March 25th, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

Hi Debbie.
I bought my 1981 N30 last June after a flirtation with powerboating (yuk!). What a great boat! I have enjoyed reading the posts on your site. I wonder if anyone has any idea of sites for Newport parts and pieces?

Debbie on March 26th, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

Hi Steve,

Congrats on the Newport! They are really great boats. Thanks so much for reading all my ‘stuff’. I’m working on a new main sail cover right now. That’s probably my next post.

I’ve not heard of any sites with parts, etc. but I’ve had good luck with the local exchange stores.

How about it? Anyone know of any site?

Jim Steadman on March 29th, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

Own an 87 MK III – here is the sailnet community page location for Newport owners. Strongly recommend you join and collect the great wisdom available there. Newport link.

Debbie on March 29th, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

Hi Jim,

Thanks for chiming in! I’ve been a member for years. Sometimes I find what I’m looking and sometimes I have to sit around the club scratching my head.

David on April 29th, 2010 at 11:39 am #

Hey Debbie:

Love your web-page. We have a 1984 MKIII. We are planning to install a new thru-hull depth transducer. The exisitng one is located on the port side about mid-way along the keel. All of the info I have read says to install forward of the keel, but I am a little concerned about putting it there because the only place available is in the hold space below the v-berth on the port side, and it seems to be too high up on the really curved section of the hull. Where is yours located and do you have any issues regarding its reliability when under sail.

Best regards

Debbie on May 3rd, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

Hi David,

A previous owner installed ours. It’s on the port side under the settee near the head pump out. We’ve not had any problems with it but having hit ground last year it would be nice to have it more forward…with a really loud alarm!

hawaiibill on May 9th, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

I’m in the process of getting a Newport 30 MKII, below deck is very plan, I’m wondering if the teak was place on top of the fiberglass around the galley, or if the fiberglass was removed and just the wood was there on your boat.

Debbie on May 10th, 2010 at 7:39 am #

Hi Hawaiibill,

Ours only has teak. Maybe since ours is a MKIII they changed the ‘design’ a bit. A previous owner added a teak floor in the galley to level the floor. Makes the counters a bit low as the teak floor raised up about 2″.

scott on August 8th, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

I have just started renovation of a ’70 newport 30. I am thinking the hull is solid fiberglass. Am I correct?

Debbie on August 10th, 2010 at 7:31 am #

Hi Scott,

Have fun with your renovation! I think you’re correct about the hull. I’ll give you a direct quote from my 1985 owners manual.

“The boot stripe and sheer stripe areas are masked off and are color gelcoated. The masking is then removed and the hull color gelcoat applied. A gray back up gelcoat is applied next to make the laminate opaque and improve the impact resistance of the color coat. Next a layer of multi directional mat is applied. This layer is hand rolled to a constant thickness and a smooth seamless finish. After this layer of mat is laid a layer of woven roving is applied and hand rolled and squeegeed to a smooth air free finish. Depending upon the size of the boat, several successive layers of mat and woven roving are applied in this manner.”

Hope this helps…again it’s from a 1985 manual.

Marty Hasson on August 24th, 2010 at 9:00 am #

Thanks Debbie, wow, makes you want to own a Newport 30. Great blog. I am considering a ’75 Newport 30, Phase II. Any idea how it differs from the MK III? Thanks

steve on September 15th, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

about to buy? a newport 30, 1978.
has a vetus diesel, 25 hp. 4 seasons ago she was re-powered.
any, and i mean any info on that vetus or the newport 30 will help in my purchase decisions.
many thanks
sept 15, 2010.

dan obrien on September 17th, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

i resently bought a 1986 n-30, that i just love. its on the hard in belfast maine and the hull is comprested at the back of the keel [ive been told this is called beer canning] the boatyard told me that they could add a stringer [port- strb] in this erea and stiffin her up. has any one else had this problem?

Mark W on September 22nd, 2010 at 9:34 am #

I own a Newport 30MKIII. When I bought it the galley apparently had been modified and the small double SS sink had been replaced with a 10″ deep 8″ x 12″ with faucets along the side rather than the backside. Does anyone know where I can find a dbl SS sink that is 20″ wide? (Needs to fit between the ice box (refrig now) and end of galley)

BTW We love our N-30 and everyone who boards is impressed.

Debbie on September 23rd, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

Hi Mark,

I think I’d start looking at a big box home improvment store. Maybe in the ‘home wet bar’ area? If nothing there I’d head to the local plumbing supply store for contractors. Then I’d start haunting the local chandleries that offer used stuff.

Yep, the Newport’s are great boats. Anyone who’s come aboard ours is impressed too! Good luck finding that sink.

Len Keller on February 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am #

Will be viewing a 1988 Newport Mark III this weekend. Some areas of concern. Would appreciate objective comments.
Displacement. At 8500 seems to be significantly less than comparable length models, Pearson 31, Catalina 30 for example.
Construction. Have read comments about hull/deck joint and potential for leaks especially in older models, 20-25 yrs.
Keel on Mark III very small compared to the Mark II.
Most comments I’ve read praise the accommodations below but I am looking for a good sailing vessel. I know opinions have to be taken with a grain of salt but …
Thanks in advance for input.

Debbie on February 3rd, 2011 at 9:01 am #

Hi Len,

I’ve taken the helm on my buddy’s Catalina 36 before and I found her to be more difficult to keep from heading up than my Newport. My buddy has taken the helm on my boat and said that it was like driving a sports car. He also noticed she doesn’t head up as easily as does his boat.

The deck/hull joint have not been a problem on my Newport. The only issue of leaks has been the windows and I’ve pretty much fixed that.

As far as the keel goes….my was long enough to find ground and come to an extremely fast stop! 😉

I have been fortunate to get many days sailing my Newport on the Columbia River. For every hour sailing I probably get 5 hours either top side or below. When you’re on the hook or at a dock for the week end you’ll appreciate the space below. For the size the Newport 30 has about the same interior space as a Catalina or Cascade 36.

In the end you have to decide what works for you. Where are you sailing? What to do dream of doing with this boat. On the river here one thing to consider is the width of the river and the length of the boat. Tack, tack, tack… The longer the boat the sooner the tack. The longer the boat the more the bottom up keep will cost you.

I didn’t believe it when I was looking but the old saying is true. You’ll know her when you see her. I had looked for 2 years for mine. Each boat I looked through everything, walked over everything, crawled into everything. I stepped aboard Whisper, walked over the deck, stood in the cockpit, went below and walked through her. Sat down and thought, yep this is the one. I never looked through anything. It was weird.

She was a good choice for me for what I want to do with a boat right now. What I dream of doing…she’s not the right boat. Hopefully, when I get to the dream I’ll trade up. For now, she’s teaching me more than I’d ever thought I’d learn!

Best of luck in finding your boat. Check back in and let us know how it goes and what you finally buy. Don’t forget a survey, best thing you can do when buying a boat.

Len Keller on February 3rd, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

Thank you for the reply. My cruising grounds are Florida’s west coast. I don’t plan on bluewater passages but a trip from Tampa Bay to Key West will take you a 100 miles offshore. Although winds in this area are generally mild they do kick up at times.

Regarding my comment about the keel, that is something I found on Sailnet. I believe the author was not referring to draw but rather length longitudinally or perhaps the foil shape.

I’m still curious about the displacement. A comparable Catalina 30 displaces 10,300 compared to the Newport’s 8500. That seems like a lot for similar size vessels.

Thanks again,

Debbie on February 3rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

Hey Len,

The comment above from Kurt might be helpful. He’s taken a Newport quite a long way off shore. This too may help, compare boats here Just follow the instructions.

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Kreed on September 28th, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

Where can I find a complete manual for my 1973 newport 30?


Debbie on September 28th, 2011 at 11:38 pm #


You could try [email protected] someone there might have one they could copy. Mines for a 1985 Newport.

john on November 26th, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

Looking at 85 Newport 30 for part-time liveaboard. I’m single. Is that doabble or a stretch. Also, does anyone know if reverse ac.heat unit can be installed without killing all storage. Thanks for info

Debbie on November 26th, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

I know of one person who’s lived aboard a Newport 30. My hubby and I think we could, should we sell all but the boat. The only issue we have here is condensation during the cold weather. But as you’re asking about AC I assume you’re in a warmer area than we are.

In an ideal world we’d have a bigger boat with more stowage as for two is does get a bit tight when it’s wet and cold outside….

Can’t help witht the AC question. Anyone else help with that????

Joel on February 5th, 2012 at 10:00 am #

There is a AC unit at West Marine that fits in the forward hatch and stores in a small space.And if you stop by your local store or go to the online web site, they can fix you right up. also they will price match any ad you find unless it is less than there purchase price. drop me a note and will give you more info. sailing yesterday on puget sound was the best!!! first time out since New Years day!! Joel

Debbie on February 5th, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

Thanks John for the heads up! Appreciate the info.

Rich on March 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am #

We recently purchased a 1986 N30 MK III and love it. Located in Coronado, CA on San Diego Bay is great and it is large enough for us to stay on board.

Debbie on March 16th, 2012 at 3:30 am #

Hi Rich,

Congrats on your new to you boat! The Newport 30 is such a nice sailboat. We’ve really enjoyed ours.

Craig on April 16th, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

I have been reading the posts for the last week when I can across your web site. I am currently own a Catalina 250 WK that I sail on the Columbia River out of St. Helens. There is a Newport 30 III for a sale and I would really like to move in size, comfortable, and capability. The general tone from all the readers is that the Newport is an overall good cuiser. I am be joining the long list of happy owners. Craig

Debbie on April 17th, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

Best wishes Craig! Most everyone loves their Newports!

Craig on April 18th, 2012 at 6:29 am #

Debbie: Good morning! Thanks, I have heard Newports had a history of core rot due to poor bedding. Reading through all the posts here no one has mentioned it as a problem.

Debbie on April 18th, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

We’ve not had issues there. Wiring seems to be the issue… 😉
Don’t forget the survey!

Clancy Hughes on July 2nd, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

We just bought an 82 Newport 30 III.
The main sail stops about a foot from the top, so the mainsail does not set right. It sags at the bottom, and there is an ugly crease from foot to leech. The drawings of the rigging show a post that stops the head of the sail from reaching the top. Kan this be removed? I think the main is a bit tired and stretched out, though it is in good shape.
Secondly the plastic trim below the rail – covering the joint between hull and deck, cracks off in many places — ugly! Do you know of a solution to these 2 problims?

Debbie on July 14th, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

Hi Clancy,

Well I don’t know an answer. Our sail goes all the way up. I remember reading something about fixing a baggy bottom but I’ll have to think longer…can’t remember.

How about it, any one else know?

mike hyles on August 27th, 2012 at 4:31 am #

hi Debbie is your boat for sale ?

Debbie on August 27th, 2012 at 7:58 am #

No, not right now. We did sell our ski boat recently but we’d like to keep the Newport.

Dave on September 13th, 2012 at 1:20 am #

Aloha Debbie, we just bought an N30 mk III #1282 here in Hawaii. Thanks for your blog it has lots of great info. We look forward to some daysailing around Honolulu and some club racing.

Debbie on September 16th, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

Hi Dave,

Congrats on the new to you boat! Newports are so nice I know you’ll love her. We’ve been out on ours the past few days and I have to say… I not getting enough time on her!

Thanks for the kind words on my blog. Enjoy your boat!

Richard mallchok on November 27th, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

Still looking for information as to where one can purchase replacement new window seal gaskets(interior and exterior) for my 1982 Newport 30-III.Also any info on doing the actual replacement.

Debbie on November 28th, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

Hi Richard,

We are working on the window issue with our boat as well. I’ll post up anything we learn and would sure appreciate hearing about what you learn too!

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ancil on February 28th, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

Hello people;
I just bought a 1974 mark ii really happy with the out side but the BUTT head that owned it last gutt the inside. I would like to put it back close to the way it should be. Could someone send some detailed photos of the inside please?
Thanks Ancil
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Debbie on February 28th, 2013 at 11:49 pm #


I’ll try to post some pics of mine once the weather is better and I get up there. I’ll email you the link once I get them done. Are you looking for the entire thing or some part in particular?

Chris Shy on August 17th, 2013 at 9:57 am #

Hi I recently purchased a NP 30 M2 1983, I bought the boat at a very good price but bought it in a hurry without a main. The engine runs great and the boat seems in great shape. I really liking her, but since I bought it in such a hurry I’m sure there our somethings that need to be checked, could you tell me some things to look for or send me to a site where I could find a check list. Having fun finding all the great hideaway spots, there is so much storage. Thanks Chris

Debbie on August 21st, 2013 at 6:57 am #

Hi Chris,

Congrats on your boat! Sorry to take so long to respond but I was out on MY boat…..

Sounds like you didn’t get a survey before buying her. Any of the systems you’ve got will tell you when they need work but it is nice to be ahead of that. If you poke around here you’ll find all sorts of elbow grease type things to do.

I’d clean and grease the winches for sure. Change the oil and filters on the engine. We actually changed the oil and filters like 3 times that first year, there was just a ton of sludge in the bottom of the engine.

We brought our up to current ‘code’ off the survey we did. Might be a good idea to have one done that way you’ll know more about her.

If you look through the maintenance category (left side of screen) you’ll find a number of posts that may help you.

Again, congrats on your boat!

Richard on October 18th, 2013 at 10:39 am #

We are looking at a 1985 Newport Mk II and if we like what we see will get a survey. Being new to this could someone give us an idea as to what we should ask to be looked at in a survey and what it should cost?

Debbie on October 18th, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

Hi Richard,

The survey cost will depend on your location and what you have done. I’d suggest you have not only the boat surveyed but also an engine survey. Ask local boat owners who they used and if they were happy with the work. The name you hear the most would most likely be a good one to hire.

John & Suzanne on April 5th, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

We have a 1981 Newport 30 MKIII in Portland, ME. Don’t know of any other Newports on the East coast. We have owned her since 2008 and continue to be impressed with it’s performance and roomy cabin. Very few issues, except for previous minor leakage around fixed cabin windows.

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hank on July 29th, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

Hi Debbie. Great to find a blog like this. We have a “79 Newport II with a 2002 Volvo diesel upgrade. Love the boat, We have a 160 Gennaker that really works downwind. My problem is the forward hatch, Does anyone know if an “off the shelf” Bomar or other brand will fit the forward hatch? /we are in Commencement Bay in Tacoma WA. We use our boat for a “Crabber” and are catching limits of Dungeness Crabs. hank

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Debbie on October 31st, 2017 at 9:08 am #

HI Victor,

I do have the manual and will look for it this week. I’ve only just moved so there’s LOTS of boxes. I know I saw it though. Can you clarify what you’re looking for? Thanks!

Anthony Winfrey on April 28th, 2018 at 10:18 am #

Excellent review! This has been a HUGE boon in deciding on the boat I’m looking at. 1979 N30 MKII… gonna need some love, but I am looking forward to becoming a liveaboard, and costal HI/interisland sailing.

Re: owners manuals, etc… this link should be of interest to those loving their N30’s… it is a site dedicated to Capital Yachts models, and has photos and reviews of all their boats.

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