Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Newport Beaches 10 most interesting boats.

1970 69' Derecktor RHAPSODY

I am taking a new approach this year by limiting the list to only 10 boats, the previous 4 years have been 20 boats, then combining power and sail together. To qualify, the boat must have resided in Newport Harbor for most of the year and was not on last years list. Not an easy task in todays time and with our recent city’s tideland rent increases. 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 “DB Palomar” Her dimensions are 150’ X 54’ X 13’. You could not help to notice her this year dredging our harbor making those loud almost prehistoric noise’s this summer. It was fantastic to have her as a guest, she had her good moments and some bad. She served us well.
# 9   J 133 “TANGO” This years Newport Beaches High Point winner. She is kept in the Balboa Yacht Clubs Marina. The owner spars no expense in keeping the boat in top condition and keep’s one of harbors best helmsmen behind the wheel. Look for Tango to repeat in 2013.

#8  55’ Vic Frank “REFUGE” She was splashed in 1969 in the Pacific North West. Built from wood she has spent most of her life in Newport Harbor. Always kept in pristine condition at the end of Linda Isle. Most of the summer she can be found in Catalina at Moonstone. This style vessel always intrigues me and Refuge as been long overdue on this list.

#7 52’ 1992 Hinckley Sou’Wester Hull number #2 “Dauntless”. Hinckley made 17 of these 52's with only two of them on the west coast at this time. One is kept in Marina del Rey and is owned by Michael  Eisner the other is here in Newport Beach at the Balboa Marina. She is a Hinckley, you have to love it. 

# 6   53’ 1990 Nautor Swan “TOBOGGAN”. Owned by a past Swan owner she was completely restored and is in bristol condition. She has been seen sailing the harbor and outside most of the this summer. Unfortunately she recently migrated south to San Diego where the slips are half the cost.

# 5   44’ 2007 Farr “TABU”. Owned by her creators, this yacht is the best performance cruise I have ever seen. She cruised to South America and back an is in better than new condition. I’ve known one of the owners for some 36 years when we used to work together and I watched him build his first of 4 boats. Those boats are perfect also, she is kept on Lido Peninsula.

#4  2005 San Juan 48 “SALUTE”. I first noticed her in Catalina this summer at whites landing. Her gorgeous lines and dark blue hull is a real head turner. She is a twin diesel boat with two staterooms. My favorite feature are the two large settees in the cockpit that provide the perfect  Catalina experience. She is berthed off Harbor Island Drive.

# 3 2006 Northern Marine 84 “ISLANDER”. Expedition style trawler, The skipper is one of Newport Beach best who served as project manager during her build. She has cruised Alaska down to Mexico. Kept in pristine condition off of Lido Village.

# 2 “ SHANAKEE” 78’ Nordland Ed Monk design splashed in 2008. Designed for passages off the Pacific Coast and the glacial runways of the Inside Passage. She was constructed with high-techcomposite structure and just screams perfection.  Built with a sailors eye, her beauty will last longer than the best French wine.  If she is in town you can find her on the Lido Peninsula.

#1 1970 Derecktor 69’ “RHAPSODY” was originally built as the EXACT for Burr Bartram and was used as the New York Yacht Club's committee boat for the 1983 America's Cup races in Newport, Rhode Island. The famous vote concerning the Australian winged keel was held in her salon during that race. She built of aluminum and was refitted in 1997. She was seen most of the summer at the end of the Balboa Peninsula.

Well, thats it. I hope you enjoyed my selection this year. Please keep an eye to my blog site for my year end photo montage of the 2012 boating season.

Sea ya

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