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Old 29-08-2014, 20:57   #1
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I'd like the peanut gallery's opinion of the 1970 Newport 30' as a blue water cruiser.

I've seen one for $8500 that is listed as being in excellent condition.

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"Bluewater" is a misnomer.

I would be happy coastal sailing that boat where I can duck the weather if necessary. I would not want to be stuck in heavy weather in that boat.

Coastal sailing ~2-3 day passage in good weather = Yes. Ocean crossings = No.

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Old 29-08-2014, 23:02   #3
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I did a bit of research and the pre 71 boats were built more heavily than those from 1971 and after. Even with this fact, I believe the consensus to be correct that this boat is NOT a candidate.


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Friends have a Columbia 38 built in 1967. They spent a fortune rebuilding it and making it safe for "blue water." He knows a bit about boats - retired USCG Executive Officer on Buoy tender out of Seattle.

They left Seattle in 1999 and a had lot of fun sailing, eventually reaching St. Augustine, FL in 2003. They lived on the boat full time.

They made two trips to Bermuda from Florida and both times were turned back after the half way point due to boat problems.

They eventually decided their Columbia 38 was not a "blue water boat" (despite the 7,000 miles they had sailed from Seattle to Florida) and put her on Dockwise for a transAtlantic trip to Mallorca.

Since then they have spent 10 years sailing in the Med, Aegean, Adriatic Seas and still do not think the Columbia is a "blue water" boat.

I raced on all those boats in the 1972 - 1977 time frame and took a few out into the Pacific Ocean. They were heavily built but were not intended for blue water cruising.

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The Columbia was more stout than the Newport.

It is pretty hard to get cheap and "blue water"
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I always compared the Newport 30 to the Catalina 30, nice compact coastal cruisers, not blue water boats.r


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3) Suppose it is capable.

2) What about the other choices?

1) Do you have what it takes to sail this kind of boat safely across an ocean?

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I'd like the peanut gallery's opinion of the 1970 Newport 30' as a blue water cruiser...
HAHAHAHAHA! Very amusing.
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