The Harbor Report: Top 10 boats in Newport Harbor

November 21, 2012|By Len Bose
  • No. 1 — 1970 Derecktor 69-foot Rhapsody.
No. 1 — 1970 Derecktor 69-foot Rhapsody. (Courtesy LEN BOSE )

I am taking a new approach to Newport Beach's most interesting boats this year by limiting the list to 10. The previous four lists have contained 20 boats, both power and sail. To qualify, the boat must have resided in Newport Harbor for most of the year and not have been on last year's list. Not an easy task in today's time and with our city's recent tideland rent increases.

Most of the boats are custom and have been in the harbor for a long time. To be honest, I am just hoping to get the listing on these boats, or at least be invited aboard.

No. 10 — DB Palomar: At 150 feet by 54 feet by 13 feet, you couldn't help notice it dredging our harbor while it made loud, almost prehistoric noises this summer. It was fantastic to have it as a guest; it had its good moments and some bad. But it served us well.


No. 9 — J 133 Tango: This year's Newport Beach's High Point winner, it is kept in the Balboa Yacht Club's marina. The owner spares no expense in keeping it in top condition with one of harbor's best helmsmen behind the wheel. Look for Tango to repeat in 2013.

No. 8 — 55-foot Vic Franck Refuge: It splashed into the Pacific Northwest in 1969. Built from wood, it has spent most of its life in Newport Harbor, always kept in pristine condition at the end of Linda Isle. Most of the summer it can be found in Catalina at Moonstone. This style of vessel always intrigues me and Refuge has been long overdue on this list.

No. 7 — 52-foot 1992 Hinckley Sou'wester Relentless: Hinckley Yachts built it as the company showboat for Europe. Consequently, it has many other custom features, including all polished welds on her exterior stainless-steel work and custom laminations in its interior joinery work. You have to love it, berthed in Balboa Marina.

No. 6 — 53-foot 1990 Nautor Swan Toboggan: Owned by a past Swan owner, it was completely restored and is in great condition. It has been seen sailing the harbor and outside most of this summer. Unfortunately, it recently migrated south to San Diego, where the slips are half the cost.

No. 5 — 44-foot 2007 Farr Tabu: Owned by her creators, this yacht is the best performance cruise I have ever seen. She cruised to South America and back and is in better than new condition. I've known one of the owners for some 36 years when we used to work together and I watched him build his first of four boats. Those boats are perfect also. Tabu is kept on Lido Peninsula.

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