Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Harbor Report: Top 10 power boats in Newport Harbor

2011Newport Beaches 20 Most Interesting Yachts.

This story is done in fun and to coincide with the 100 largest yachts, the world’s wealthiest people, down to The Daily Pilots 103 list. I spent a couple of days cruising the bay previewing boats that I have seen over this past season. My choices were made by what I feel are interesting and demonstrate the character of our harbor.  Most of the boats I have selected are custom and have been in the harbor for a long time. To be honest with you I am just hoping to get the listing on these boats or at least be invited aboard?

# 10  “Watt R Winery” 22’ Custom Duffy Electric Boat. She was customized by Newport Shipyard with a hard top, teak trim, satellite TV, underwater lighting, heater, windless, wine cooler, head and one very large horn. She can be seen every Thursday afternoon on a harbor cruise and is berthed at the Balboa Bay Club.

# 9 “CHEYENNE”  125’ Morrelli & Melvin design. The boat is being re outfitted for an Five Dives Expedition and will carry a 18’ feet long submarine that is expected to be able to dive well below 36,000 feet deep. She is moored just west of the NHYC.

#8 “TYEE” 75’ Northern Marine Long Range Cruiser and expedition trawler. The interior features rare woods, choice granites and rich fabrics. The owners have a long tradition in yachting in Newport Harbor and have owned many different vessels. She is kept in pristine condition and lives on Lido Peninsula.

#7 FORGER  74' Commissioned in 1988 at the German Bültjer 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 has countless coats of varnish. She came to town five years ago and is berthed on the end of Linda Isle.

# 6 "Royal Buzzard," a 70-foot Power Cat built in 2002 at Knight & Carver to a Morrelli & Melvin design. She has a 24-foot beam and is powered by twin 660HP Caterpillars. She can reach a top speed of 24 knots and caries 2,128 gallons of fuel. She has been seen cruising Mexico and docks at Balboa Island.

#5 “Following Sea” The original owner was a member of Newport Harbor Yacht Club who commissioned Ray Hunt to design a 52’ yacht for extended offshore cruising. Built by Dick Bertram in 1964, the construction was cold molded plywood and was said to be the lightest fastest cruising sport fishing boat on the west coast with a cruise speed of 20 knots. Restored by one of Newport’s biggest boat builders, she can be found in the NHYC mooring field.

#4 DRUMBEAT 49'  She was built to a Kernan yacht design with a type of commuter boat styling. She was finished by a team led by Richard Crow from Orange Coast College and is now owned by one of our harbor's best yachtsmen. Often seen cruising the harbor or returning from weekend runs she seems to move through the water with little effort. Berthed on the end of Lido Isle.

# 3  “Sea Chase” 47’ Lyman Morse built in 1991. Built at Lyman Morse to a Ray Runt design in 1991. This masterpiece catches my eye every time I see her cruising the harbor. Last seen at Basin Shipyard getting a new bottom, she is as pretty out of the water as she is in her slip  just north of BCYC before the bridge.

#2 GALATEA. She is a 53-foot heavy displacement trawler. She was designed by Art DeFever Sr. and built by Paul Lindwall in Santa Barbara for Bill Hanna. You should notice the Hanna name from the cartoons we still watch. She is powered by a single Caterpillar D333 that pushes her 105,000 pounds displacement through the water in expedition fashion. GALATEA was seen cruising the harbor and at Moonstone this year. She is berthed on the Balboa Peninsula.

#1’s That right we have two boats this year as Newport Harbors most interesting Power boats. Both boats are owned by the same owner and have been restored to their original design. The boat on the outside is “CRACKER” a 1956 31’ Rybovich Sportfisher hull
# 24 and re-powered with Cat Disels. The boat on the inside is “FOURBELLS” a 1955 36’ Rybovich hull number # 17 also re-powered with diesels. Both boats where completed this year and will be used for local fishing and cruising to Catalina. Quote from the owner “Project of Love”.

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