Hi Paul and welcome to the forum! The Newport
28 is a great boat - a C&C
design that is not only attractive with decent accomodation, but has the typical C&C
performance attributes. The Mark II had, if I recall
correctly, a redesigned (and deeper) keel
and was not only well balanced, but quite decent to windward. I am sure she will serve you well for both nearshore cruising and club racing
, should you be interested.
Anyway, great choice for a first boat!