The Newport 28 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Newport 28, a fin-keeled sloop, was designed by C&C Design and built in the USA by Capital Yachts Inc.

A Newport 28 sloop at anchorA Newport 28

Published Specification for the Newport 28

Underwater Profile: Fin Keel & Spade Rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 27'9" (8.5m)

Waterline Length: 25'0" (7.6m)

Beam: 9'6" (2.9m)

Draft: 4'6" (1.4m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 7,000lb (3,175kg)

Designer: C&C Design

Builder: Capital Yachts Inc. (USA)

Year First Built: 1974

Year Last Built: 1981


A Newport 28 sailboat

A Newport 28 Sailboat for Sale...

Location: Baltimore USA

Price: Now sold, but interior pics and more info can be seen in link

Published Design Ratios for the Newport 28

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.3

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 45.7

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 200

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 20.9

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.0

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

Read more about these Key Performance Indicators...


Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Newport 28

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.3 suggests that the Newport 28 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 45.7 means that the Newport 28 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 200, tells us the Newport 28 is a light-to-moderate displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 20.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Newport 28 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.0 tells us that a Newport 28 would not be as good a choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making, owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.


Other sailboats in the Newport range include:

A Newport 41 sailboatThe Newport 41


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