Saturday, December 15, 2007


This piece is done in fun and to coincide with the 100 largest yachts, the world’s wealthiest people, down to our local movers and shakers list. I spent a couple of days cruising the bay previewing yachts that I have seen over this past season. What made it onto this list are the yachts I think are interesting and shows the yachtsman passion of yachting.
I am splitting the list into 10 power and 10 sail. Leave comments on this site telling me if you agree or disagree with me because the whole idea of this article is to bring more attention to my yacht sales. My wife tells me I am crazy for doing this but here goes.


#1 “SILVER OAK” is a 65’ Halmatic. She was splashed in 1970 and was recently customized by her new owner. This yacht has a downeast flavor that keeps you coming back for more. Her pedigree derives from her majesty fleet from across the pond and yet as she sits in moonstone, you double take and say to yourself “NICE BOAT!”

#2 “ANGELINA” with 42 LOA’ Built in 1944 in Santa Barbara now owned by the original builders son. She was refit at Basin Marine and is berthed in Bay Shores. This style of yacht has caught my eye this season as the perfect platform for Catalina. Her owner has spared no expense and you will notice her from over 200 yards away.

3# “VICTORIOUS” 110’ Nordland splashed last year is just the sexiest Mega Yacht in our harbor. At last count there are over ten-mega yachts in Newport Beach. VICTORIOUS has a pacific northwest styling the catches the eye. Her large cockpit promotes a real feel for the sea. She is berthed on mariner’s mile. “ Newport’s Flagship”

4# “HALLELUJAH” 58’ Knight & Carver built in 1991 with a type of Garden design has always caught my eye. She is berthed on Balboa Peninsula behind the owners home. When you enter the bay she is one of the first yachts you notice.

5# “ NORDIC STAR” 92’ Splashed in 1969 at the Lantana Yacht yard in Florida. One of Newport’s original expedition yachts, she is often seen at Whites during the summer season. She is kept on Harbor Island always in pristine condition.

6# “FORGER” 74’ Commissioned in 1988 at the German Bultjer Shipyard in Ditzum to a Beeldsnijder design. It is immediately obvious that she is definitely a different sort of motor yacht. Her “iroko” topside gleam countless coats of varnish. She came to town two years ago and is berthed on the end of Linda Isle.

7# “AVOCA” 36’ The green Hinckley 36 picnic yacht. Last seen as the photo boat during the Fin Olympic trials with large ensign flying. A truly beautiful yacht kept in perfect condition. She berthed under full cover at the Ardell Marina.

8# “JUNO” 72’ Built in 1969 in Holland Cammengas Yacht Yard. She is one of only six built for world cruising. Seen almost every weekend at Moonstone in the summer season she does not sit still for long. You have to love that umbrella on the upper deck. She lives off of Bayside drive.

9# “VAMOS” 54’ Constructed in 1962 in Costa Mesa by McGlasson Marine. VAMOS was in Newport Bay before there was water. Seen as the escort vessel for the Ensenada race from day one. She has also been seen at the start of the Trans Pac races and anchored off Moonstone. VAMOS is one of Newport’s homegrown yachts and commands the respect of the fleet. She is kept at Basin Marine.

10# “WILLIAM B” 77’ Splashed in 1942 at the Naval Shipyard in Puget Sound Bridge. The “WILLIAM B” is a household word in town. Known to have a LOA shorter than her draft is not necessarily true. Always seen at a number of yachting events throughout the years. Her owner is always one of the first volunteers to help out. She can be found on her mooring off NHYC.


1# “WINDWARD PASSAGE” 73’ Built on the Beach in the Bahamas in 1968 to an Alan Gurney design. Best known for Transpac greatest single performance and with a crew list from the Sailors Hall of Fame. This yacht is in perfect condition and is truly Newport’s most interesting yacht. She is berthed at the Ardell Marina. “In every sailors heart there is a piece of WINDWARD PASSAGE”

2. # “ BLACK ALERION” 38’ Alerion showed up on the bay last year and is sailed almost every afternoon. This Carl Schumacher design can be spotted from one end of the bay to the other with her full-roached main. Sailed single-handed most of the time you always have to put down what your doing as she sails by. Located on Lido Island.

3# “CHUBASCO” 67’ She is Olin J. Stephens II # 255 design built in 1939 at the Wilmington Boat Works shipyard. “Chubby” has a long Trans Pac history starting in 1947. She is seen most every year at the Long Point race and has been extremely well cared for over the years. Berthed at the Ardell Marina.

4# “BLACK IRISH” 40’ Hinckley built to a Bill Tripp design. The owner is on the boat everyday keeping her in pristine condition. Sailed most Thursday afternoons with family and friends she is one of Newport finest. Kept at the Bayshores marina.

5# “ODYSSEY” 52’ She was splashed in 1938 at Stephen Marine in Stockton California to a J. Kelly design. She has a Trans Pac history dating back to 1939. She has been seen at the 2005 Trans Pac and Cabo races along with many Long Point races. She is slipped in Bayshores.

6# “CHECKMATE” 50’ Doug Peterson design and built in 1978. Her owner restored her a number of years ago and she still is there for the end game. Sailed in most of NHYC events and is seen in all the Ensenada races. Well sailed well cared for she is one of the gems of our bay. Kept on Harbor Island.

7# “IT”S OK” 49’. 11” She is one of the newest designs from Alan Andrews and built at Dennis Choate’s yard in Wilmington California in 2007. She will be seen every Thursday night, Trans Pac, Cabo Races, Long Point and most every Newport Beach regatta. Well sailed and well cared for. Located on Balboa Peninsula.

8# “ NIGHT WATCH” 47’ She is one of the better looking “Pirate Boat” with windows in the aft cabin, bird and cannon. Over the last ten years I noticed she is always in perfect condition. She is slipped off of Harbor Island drive.

9 # “DEERFOOT” 64 Dashew design built in 1980 in New Zealand at the Salthouse Brothers yacht yard. This is hull number one of the long history of Deerfoot yachts. The owner continues to keep her in pristine condition with a recently taller rig. She is one of the first big sailing yachts you will notice while coming into our harbor.

10# “ BIEN ROULEE” Splashed just last month with an Alan Andrews design she is the newest custom boat in town. With the owner looking forward to most of the offshore events along with some short handed sailing she looks great out of the blocks. She is berthed at the Balboa Yacht Club.

Well, that’s it Newport Beach’s 20 most interesting yachts and I know I have over looked a number other yachts. Should I get a positive result from this list I will go deeper into the historical yachts such at “COLNETT” or “ BOUNTY”. Before I go I would like point out a couple of observation I noticed while doing my research for this article.

I wanted to write about the 10 ugliest charter boats on the bay. After much time, I felt it not in my best interest to start a fight. But there is one boat with a paddle wheel that stays afloat to my amazement. My opinion is there should be only one charter boat in town and that’s the “TIKI BOAT”. Enough said.

I also wanted to write about the three most interesting yachtsman back yards on the bay. So there is still time to place my foot in it!

# 1 On Balboa Peninsula towards the bay entrance there is one home with a 54 Eastbay along with a Hinckley launch and Duffy 21. With the large green lawn in the background it looks like something from the other Newport “PERFECT”.

#2 On Lido there is one home with a fleet of good-looking yachts. From a Hinckley 44, Eastbay 38 and a Santa Cruz 70. All named by their grandparents. “VERY NICE”.

#3 In Bayshores from the first time I sailed in this bay you could not help but notice “ODESSEY and “CASSIAR”. Something that looks as new as the day they arrived “SWEET!”

Most of these photos were taken by Joy Sailing. Please go to her site at


Len Bose


Anonymous said...

Well done Len - Great photos and commentary.

Anonymous said...

Len...Couldn't agree more with your list.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites is Tom Carson's 'Bear Flag".

Unknown said...

I like the juno yacht boat!!!!!

Anonymous said...

what about the beautiful restoration work done to a 48' Marlineer 1969 built. Also of Newport Beach heritage on a mooring in front of Bayshores beach...

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt Front Row is the best looking big boat in the harbor. Beautiful lines and destroyer bow. Big California deck. I want that boat!

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt Craig Lyons Front Row is the best looking big boat in the harbor. Beautiful lines and destroyer bow. Big California deck. I want that boat! They always look like they are have more fun.