03 January, 2009

Buying a Newport 16

We bought our boat in May 2008.
She was built by Award Boats, Inc, Melbourne, Florida in 1972.
Why a Newport 16 ???

I have owned several larger boats. With age I have downsized. When I decided to get another boat I set some requirements:

  1. Weight of combined boat/trailer had to be bellow 150o lbs. I have a Toyota, Matrix.
  2. Length of boat/trailer had to be bellow 20' to fit in the garage.
  3. Beam had to be bellow 7' to fit through the back yard gate.
  4. Draft: Retractable Keel or Centerboard. The Chesapeake Bay is my main cruising ground.
  5. Sleep at least 2 persons. I like cruising and exploring much more than day sailing.
  6. Good sailing characteristics including some offshore capability.
  7. Easy to single hand.
  8. Price.

The LUCKY DOG is a 70's boat with some of the problems from boats of that period.With repair and modernizationshe has the potential to be a good micro cruiser.


  1. I have a Newport 16 and am very happy with it for the reasons you mentioned in your blog. I sail it on Lake Tahoe. I use an electric motor, but am considering upgrading to a 4-cycle gasoline motor. What size motor do you use and are you satisfied with it?


    Keith Judson
    Reno, NV

  2. Good to hear from another Newport 16 sailor.
    I have a 2.5 HP 4-cycle Mercury. This engine has good fuel efficiency and pushes the boat at hull speed. Here in the Chesapeake we have tidal currents that can exceed 6 knots. A larger engine would help some. Once a displacement boat reaches hull speed any additional power just makes the boat dig a deeper trough. The Mercury 3.5 HP is almost the same size as the 2.5. If I were to do this again I might buy the 3.5.

  3. I have sailed on a Newport 16 with my father quite a bit and it is an amazing boat. He has furnished it with many extras such as compasses and a depth finder and countless other little inventions. It makes me happy to see another Newport lover!!!

  4. Where did you get the opening ports? What did you use for the forward ports?

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