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The Harbor Report: Top 10 powerboats in Newport Harbor

December 05, 2011|By Len Bose

Every year I compile a list of what I consider to be the top 20 boats in Newport Harbor. I divide my list into two categories — sailing boats and power boats — and count them down from 10 to 1.

I spent a couple of days cruising the bay and viewing boats that I have seen over this past season. My choices were made by what I feel are interesting and demonstrate the character of our harbor.

Today, I give you my list of the Top 10 power boats. Later, I'll list the Top 10 sailing boats.

Sea ya.

No. 10 — Watt R Winery: A 22-foot custom Duffy electric boat. She was customized by Newport Shipyard with a hard top, teak trim, satellite TV, underwater lighting, heater, windless, wine cooler, head and one very large horn. She can be seen every Thursday afternoon on a harbor cruise and is berthed at the Balboa Bay Club.

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No. 9 — Cheyenne: A 125-foot Morrelli & Melvin design. The boat is being re-outfitted for a Five Dives Expedition and will carry an 18-foot-long submarine that is expected to be able to dive well below 36,000 feet. She is moored just west of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

No. 8 — Tyee: A 75-foot Northern Marine Long Range Cruiser and expedition trawler. The interior features rare woods, choice granites and rich fabrics. The owners have a long tradition of yachting in Newport Harbor and have owned many different vessels. She is kept in pristine condition and lives on Lido Peninsula.

No. 7 — Forger: A 74-footer commissioned in 1988 at the German Bültjer Shipyard in Ditzum to a Beeldsnijder design. It is immediately obvious that she is a different sort of motor yacht. Her "iroko" topside gleam has countless coats of varnish. She came to town five years ago and is berthed on the end of Linda Isle.

No. 6 — Royal Buzzard: A 70-foot Power Cat built in 2002 at Knight & Carver to a Morrelli & Melvin design. She has a 24-foot beam and is powered by twin 660HP Caterpillars. She can reach a top speed of 24 knots and carries 2,128 gallons of fuel. She has been seen cruising Mexico and docks at Balboa Island.

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