Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013 Newport Beaches Most Interesting Yachts

Newport Beach's 20 most interesting yachts. This story is done in fun and coincides with other lists, from the 100 largest yachts to the world's wealthiest people down to the Daily Pilot's 103 list.
I spent a couple of days cruising the bay checking out boats that I have seen over this past season. I checked in with shipyard owners, yacht insurance companies, mechanics, and marina owners. My choices were made based on boats that 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. Please enjoy!

Newport's 10 Most Interesting Power Boats.

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. 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. She spent the previous year cruising Mexico. Berthed on the end of Lido Isle.

8. 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.

7. 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. Owners are very hands on and do most of the maintenance them-self’s. She is berthed off Harbor Island Drive.

6. “Sea Chase” 47’ Lyman Morse built in 1991. I do not have that much information on this custom boat. She is hull # 1 of a Hunt design and kept in Bristol Condition. What I do know about the boat is that the owner and his wife handle the boat perfectly and are seen on bay cruises and runs down south. This masterpiece can be seen just north of BCYC before the bridge.

5. 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.

4.  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 will be used for local fishing and cruising to Catalina. Quote from the owner “Project of Love”

3. “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. She always receives the highest praise from the best yachtsman I know in town.

2. “ DORADO” 1960 33’ Dittmar & Donaldson.She was built in Costa Mesa and has lived in Newport Beach most of her life. About seven years ago she found the perfect owner to give her the attention she requires. Recently BYC Opening Day overall entry award winner. She can be seen in Avalon or Whites Cove in Catalina. She is berthed in the back bay.

1. “ 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 or Moonstone cove in Catalina.

2013 Newport Beach's 10 Most Interesting Sailboats.

10. Amante 1983 Choate 48’ Peterson design. This years Newport High Point Series winners. Good thing there are three bothers that race her together because one person could not kept all of the pickle dishes she has won over the last over the last 31 years. Berthed on Lido Isle

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.

8. “ BLACK ALERION” 38’ Alerion is sailed almost every Thursday 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.

7. 38’ Double Time. Alan Andrews design for performance cruising and club racing. If I was to guess she is close to twenty years old and looks and performs as if she was splashed this year. The boat is seen in three to four races each year and over in  Howlands cove in Catalina. She is kept on a mooring in front of BYC. 

6. 52’ 1992 Hinckley Sou’Wester Hull number #2 “Dauntless 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.

5. The 1964 Calkins 50 Zapata II has returned to the market with a fresh set of Ullman sails and a new asking price of $ 155,000. She has a long history of being one of the most pristine boats in Newport Harbor and shows pride of ownership from bow to stern. Originally she was built as a sister ship to the famous Trans Pac racer “Legend”. Built of strip planked mahogany over oak frames by American Marine in Hong Kong with her displacement coming in at only 22,000 pounds. She is for sale and if you would like to see her just give me a call.

4. “METHETABEL” 76’ Pedrick Design built at Admiral Marine in 2000. Built of all composite materials after 13 years she is still “state of the art.” Last seen at Newport Harbor Yacht Club and at whites in Catalina. Berthed just west of the NHYC. She is one of the most elegant vessels I have seen in our harbor.

3.  “MANAAKI” 40’ Friendship designed by Ted Fontaine. She will leave you speechless has she glides down Newport Harbor most weekends with the whole family aboard. Truly one of Newport gems! She is berthed on south side of Lido and kept under a full cover. Hands on owner with true corinthian spirit.

2. “TEAL”  42’ Hinckley Daysailor built in 2007 to a Bruce King design. I first noticed this boat pulling into Moonstone on a warm summer afternoon with ensign, club burgee and private signal all flying perfectly. Often seen sailing the harbor and outside. She is berthed next to the 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. Alan Andrews designed Keel and Rudder revision by Westerly Marine and Paint at Newport Shipyard within the last three years. She is berthed at the Ardell Marina. “In every sailors heart there is a piece of WINDWARD PASSAGE”.

Thank you for reading my column and I hope to sea ya on the water.

Len Bose
(714) 916-0200

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