07 May, 2011

The End of a Era

I finally took the step and SOLD my Newport 16, Lucky Dog...

It was a hard decision. The reality of my decision did not strike me until I started cleaning the boat for the sale. I have spent many hours fixing and improving this boat. She did turn out to be a nice boat.

I hope that the new owners enjoy this boat as much as I have. They a a young couple. Lucky Dog can offer them fun, exploration and new horizons. This old boat may have a new life...

I need to start a new Blog that is more in line with my current interests in Watertribe and sailing Hobie Adventure Islands...

05 May, 2011

Newport 16 For Sale


LOA: 15' 7"
LWL: 14' 0"
Beam: 6' 3"
Displacement: 750lbs
Tow Weight: 1,100lbs
Ballast: 200lbs
Draft Keel Up: 9"
Draft Keel Down: 3' 9"
Sail Area: 137 sq. ft.
Cockpit Length: 7' 4"
TRAILER (2" Ball): Can be tilted for shallow water launch, hand winch;

OUTBOARD: Mercury 2 1/2 HP (new 2009) 4-cycle: no mixing gas. Will run all day on one gallon of gas. Internal Gas Tank. Modified for external fuel tank connection. Can be safely refueled in heavy seas;

COMPASS: Viewable from cockpit and cabin. Lighted with switch from 12V system;

DEPTH SOUNDER: w/depth alarm. Transducer internal to hull to prevent damage;


12V ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: 4 Switch/Fused Circuit Board, Bow Navigational Lights, Amplified Speakers, AA/AAA Battery Charger, 12V Accessory Plugs, Voltage Monitor;

BAROMETER: Weather Forecasting;

Gas Stove and Gas Grill mount on rail;

8' Oars for Emergency propulsion;

2 Scotty Rod Holders, Rod stowage below deck;

Offshore Life Jacket;

IMPROVEMENTS: For Single Handed Sailing
SAFETY (click on links)
Watertight Bulkheads
Sealed storage under bunks
Floatation foam in inaccessible spaces under cockpit and bow

STORAGE (designed for 1-2 Week Chesapeake Cruise)
Port Storage Access Hatch
P/S Cockpit Stowage Lockers: Separated by Watertight Bulkheads. Foam Sheet covered to reduce noise.
P/S Bunks Beckson Screw Access Hatches (6)
Duffle Bag Stowage AFT of Bunks
Removed original bucket toilet and installed hatch to access bow bunk stowage
Fishing pole storage inside cockpit coamings
Life Jacket Stowage net in bow
P/S Stowage Canvas Stowage Pockets

VENTILATION (Virginia can be hot and buggy in the summertime)
Replaced fixed portlights with Beckson Opening Ports (Insect Screens)
Bow Cowl Vent (Insect Screen)
Replaced Companionway top cover and one piece insert with Sliding Hatch and three piece batten boards. Center board has a removable screen or portlight.

Rudder Lift/Lower Lines on tiller (No leaning over the stern)
Large Rudder blade locking hand screw for possitive lock in heavy seas.
Rudder Blade Forward area increased for better balance.
Rudder reshaped into a hydrofoil section for better performance and strengthened.
Tiller Lock: Adjustable for self steering.
Tiller Hiking Stick: to control rudder from Forward position.

MAST AND SAILS (All Sail Handling from cockpit)
Jib Roller Furling: Harken. Do not need to go on the bow.
All sail operation from cockpit.
Twin Jib Halyards.



17 April, 2011

TI Bulkhead

Keith (Chekika) asked me how I installed a watertight bulkhead in my TI.

I made it out of 3" foam block available at my local kayak store. It is mini cell foam used to install bulkheads, make thigh pads, seats, etc. in kayaks. The location I picked is just aft of the mast, where the cockpit well starts. The Mirage well acts as a support for the back of the center piece.

The bulkhead is made from three sections. For each section I made a cardboard template. The center piece fits exactly between the keel groves. I had to slightly notch the middle for the Mirage well. First you dry fit the piece. Using a belt sander I shape the foam to a final tight fit.

The glue that I use is GOOP Plumbing Cement available at Home Depot. I used about three tubes. First I mark the dry position of the bulkhead inside the boat. Then I remove the foam and put ample amount of GOOP in the marked area and sides of the foam. This is messy. Don't worry, the Goop  can be pealed off once dry. Insert the foam and let it dry.

After the bulkhead piece is in, go back into the boat and work extra GOOP around the edges filling any gaps. GOOP smells like airplane cement. Use plenty of ventilation. Repeat several times until you get a nice fillet of glue all the way around. Reach behind the bulkhead and fill as much as you can before inserting the next foam piece.

The sides are made the same way. The back of the top needs to be profiled. Glue the three sections together.

Once you have all three parts in and glued from the front, the hard part is to reach through the round hatch and apply glue to the back. Long hands needed. This is a Hudini trick.

After I was satisfied that the bulkhead was watertight, I filled the front with water. Make sure you support the boat. You can spray with a hose also.

12 April, 2011

Newport 16 For Sale

I love my Newport 16, but lately I have not been able to spend much time on her. The boat has many improvements from the stock boat. So I have decided that it may be time to sell her to someone that has the time to enjoy this microcruiser.

So, if you are thinking about doing some coastal cruising but do not want to be tied to a marina or invest in a large tow vehicle look at this Newport 16. A very popular cruiser that can take you to hidden coves. With a 9" draft, will go where many others can not. 2 1/2 HP Outboard only used for less than two years. Many extras. 


Located in Virginia Beach, VA. Call me at (757) 639-8453.

07 April, 2011

Hobie Tandem Island Bow Modifications

What do you do if you can not change the shape of your bow???

I have been playing with that idea on my TI:

1) I welded small strips of plastic at the bow. They were mainly there to control the spray coming off the nose. Added benefit is that they push the bow wave down and out adding some lift.

2) Once a bow completely submerges it has lost all of its reverse buoyancy. The water pressure on top act to push the bow down further. Second mod is a small hurricane bow in front of the hatch. The shape is pitched forward to throw the the water out to the side.

Both design changes depend on the boat having forward motion. If the boat starts to stall, turn up wind. That always pops the boat back up. Then turn right back and the boat takes off like a bat out of hell. During the EC, I noticed that the new rudder is very responsive for this move.

05 April, 2011

Newport 16 For Sale

I have been so involved with Watertribe that last year I did not use my Newport 16, Lucky Dog at all. With a sailboat, Hobie Tandem Island and three other kayaks I am getting boat top heavy. My wife seldom goes out with me now and she prefers short day trips. I am thinking of getting a Hobie Adventure Island for the next Watertribe event. So, it saddens me, but the reality is that something has to go.

The boat has a lot of improvements from the stock Newport 16. The engine is a couple of years old with low running hours. I will post more details as I get the time.

So if you are looking for a nice microcruiser, small enough to tow with a small car (1100 lb tow weight) then drop me a line...

17 March, 2011

My 2011 Everglades Challenge

I have had a few questions about why I dropped out of the EC. The first day went great considering the head winds. At one time I was considering camping overnight at Manasota Beach. I considered against it since the next day was forecasting more high headwinds in the morning. I ducked into Stump Pass to take advantage of the incoming tide and continued on to CP#1 arriving at 2AM. CP#1 looked too noisy as a good rest place. The islands all looked battered by the winds blowing across Gasparilla Sound. I continued on to my original destination, Cayo Costa. Through the night I started to cough from the sea water that I took on over the bow.
I woke up in the morning with a fever and a cough. The wind was blowing from the south. I tried sailing against it but decided to turn around after poor progress. My fever continued to rise.  I pitched my hammock on Cayo Costa to get some more rest.  I slept until 3:30PM and felt even worse. My urine started to turn red. I have a Kidney Disease called IGA  Nephritis. Usually not a problem but stay away from Strep and other pulmonary infections. Without antibiotics I can get into a problem very quickly. I called my daughter to arrange a pickup at the Punta Rasa public boat ramp at the Sannibel Island Bridge. My EC Race was over. My real Challenge just started.
I went to the Ft Myers Lee Memorial Hospital where I spent 2.5 days taking Antibiotics and IV. My temperature was running 102-104 Deg F for almost two days. Diagnosis was Aspiratory Pneumonia compounded by my IGA.
The boat worked great and nothing broke. I did not feel tired. I had all the supplies to last the whole week. It was the fever and kidney that did me in. A silent enemy from within…