I looked at a couple of Newports before I decided on my Cal
. The cables
can be a problem on the swing keel
. Not a huge issue there are sites for owners explaining how to fix and maintain them.
The issue I had was they are tender
and a low water line. I wanted something that could handle some weather ok so I picked the Cal
Mine does not launch as easy but it is doable. I keep it slipped on the Detroit River but like being able to move it. I am taking mine to the Bahamas soon. It does not have the room the bigger ones do so anything more than a night or two it is like camping in a tent. I have everything I need but not what I want. Like being able to stand up.
I like the Newport
it is a great looking boat but being on the Great Lakes
I felt it was too tender
. Watch the weather when you sail and you will have a blast with the boat.
When I bought mine I was asking if my boat could make the trip. After a year of sailing it I have no doubt it can go off shore. The real question is what I can handle and how comfortable do I want to be.
Every time I sail I learn something new and like having a smaller boat that I can trailer till there is no wind, then I wish I had a diesel
. So every boat has trade
offs. I have a 3.5 ft draft
that can get be many places but a swing keel can get you to the beach.
how to make a sailboat move is not hard but to sail well is a lifelong quest. There is a ton to learn, tweak and fine tune so it never gets boring.
Good luck with the boat it will be the best money
you ever spent.