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I have a 30ft Newport sailboat and the Dana is the perfect addition! She fits perfectly on the bow. She is super lightweight and I am able to crank her up on my own, place her on the deck or take her off with only one person!
I have had the Newport Vessels Dana for little over a month now and I can honestly say that this boat has surpassed my expectations! Initially I wanted a sturdy boat to be able to shuttle people to and from the boat from an anchorage, be able to zip around the lake for some sunset cruising and dock up for a dinner here and there at the lakefront restaurants. In my first month this dinghy has been great, keeping me and friends safe, dry, and comfortable while we zip around the lake.
I currently have the Dana outfitted with a small 3.5 HP outboard engine mounted to the Dana and it works great! I chose this motor to commute around because I live on a bigger lake, if you’re only using the boat to get to shore, an electric motor works great and will save you money. We have even carried four grown adults in the Dana, the dinghy still felt stable, safe, and moved at a good clip! With that much weight and such a small motor, the inflatable dinghy takes longer to get moving, but once you have momentum it moved along nicely. I opted for the second bench seat which has come in very handy, especially when taking people to and from shore or other sailboats, I would definitely recommend always ordering the second seat. Soon I will be ordering two Newport Underseat Bags to store life vests...and to make the aluminum seats more comfortable when riding through wakes or waves.
I recommend mounting navigation or visibility lights, like the Railblaza Bow Lights or Railblaza Dinghy Visibility Kit to use at night, they work great and will keep you safe after the sun goes down. (One Coast Guard ticket and those lights will pay for themselves!)
The Dana is sturdy, durable, fun and does everything I need while still small enough for me to be able to handle on my own. I’ve only had this little tender boat for a short period of time but feel like I have gained all the confidence in her that I need to take her on longer adventures! I plan to use her to crab as well as take her scuba diving this summer. I will be able to use the inflatable boat as a buoy to mark my diving location as well as a tool to hold any diving gear.
These boats really are versatile, durable, dependable and SUPER fun to drive! I can’t wait to get back out on the water and see what adventures we can get in to!
Now that you and your boat are prepped for the Bahamas, it's time to look at the charts and plan your voyage across the stream. Will you cross to West End and head towards the Abacos? Maybe instead, you'll go to Bimini for a fishing trip or decide on a few longer jumps to the [...]
Here at Newport, we’ve been hard at work designing new products for 2018. As with all products we design, we have gone to great lengths to use the highest quality components available, without gouging your wallet. We design all Newport Vessels products to be durable and used for years to come; just like your boat, [...]
Ready for summer? We are!We LOVE summer, so to celebrate, we are reducing the price of our inflatable SUPs! These high quality standup paddleboards are perfect for beginner and intermediate users, and are a fun addition to any camping trip or weekend at the beach!So what’s the deal? 50% off SUPs and paddles! 9ft 2in [...]
The Little Dinghy That Could The Newport Vessels Carmel 7ft 7in - PVC Inflatable Dinghy Inspired by a picturesque weekend sailing trip to the iconic Carmel by the Sea, the Newport Vessels Carmel inflatable dinghy is small in stature, but built to last. Newport Vessels has incorporated all the best features from our line of 5 star inflatable [...]
Buying Your First Liveaboard Sailboat or Powerboat A lot goes into buying your first liveaboard, it is by no means the same process for everyone, but this is a guide brought to you by two experienced liveaboard sailors. Mary and Tharon have been living aboard their 36 foot Hinterhoeller Nonsuch for the last two years. With [...]
Headed to the Bahamas soon? This is the second post of a two-part series for Prepping For A Trip To The Bahamas Via Boat. The first post is Preparing for a Gulf Stream Crossing to the Bahamas and this one shares what to expect for the check in process.Paperwork Organization & Prep WorkMake sure to [...]
Introduction Every boat is different but each are prepared similarly when making a major crossing. In the upcoming weeks, Tipsy Gypsy will make its way across the Gulf Stream for the third time. Co-Captains, Mary and Tharon, have put together a two part guide to share their preparations before leaving and help others know what the [...]
So you want to try kayak tournament fishing? Good news, you're in the right spot! Read "The Beginners Guide to Kayak Fishing Tournaments" below by Newport Vessels Ambassador, William Pfingst. This guide will explain in detail; what to expect, how to prepare, and how to get the most fun out of the experience. Enjoy the read [...]
Many past and present Newport Vessels customers have asked us to convert the pounds of thrust specification for Newport Vessels Trolling Motors into horsepower specification that is common for gas motors and cars. First, pounds of thrust is a static force measurement while horsepower is 550 ft-pounds of work per second, a measurement per unit time.So you [...]