Newport, RI ~ Home Of The Giant Boats

This last two weeks has been one for the travel books, which sounds weird since we live a traveling lifestyle.  However,  we flew from California to Texas, Texas to Annapolis and Annapolis to Rhode Island. And tomorrow we fly back to California via Chicago.

Texas was all about doctor visits and was so quick we hardly saw anyone! 😦

Annapolis was all about the sailboat show and visiting with sailing friends new and long term. (Notice I do not say “old” about friends anymore!)  We had a great time reconnecting with some of our 2016 Sail to the Sun Rally Group. If you are interested in our experience with this rally, see our posts from October through December 2016.  Spoiler Alert:  We had a blast and are still in touch with many of the Ralliers!

We traveled to Bristol, RI to complete the hands on portion of the Safety at Sea Course, which was excellent! We highly recommend this course and I will write a blog specifically about the class very soon.

The reason for this quick blog is to share photos from our stop at the Newport Harbor today.  We went to visit Chris Bailet (captain extraordinaire) who was the commissioning skipper for Ticket To Ride.  Our visit with Chris was great and fun and informative, as always.

But walking through the boatyard was like walking through a museum of beautiful boats! You know you are surrounded by some amazing boats when 66 foot catamarans look small.

I took a few quick shots with my phone because the boats were just so pretty and impressive.

First lets start with the boats with which I am familiar:

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HH66 Nala ~ a stunner.

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Turn 45 degrees and oh, look, it’s Phaedo, a beautiful Gunboat.

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Speaking of Gunboat ~ here is the new 68′ “Condor”

But enough of the catamarans, how about a little variety?

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This 140′ monohull is in fabulous condition!

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Check out the wrap on this racer! And those dagger boards!

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Notice the keel?

This boat might not catch your eye immediately, well except for its sheer size. But hey, you want to go shallow? Can you see the rather unusual keel? Check out the close up below.

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This keel folds up in shallow water!

But perhaps you are more of a motor sailor…. how about a cute little tug boat that has been refitted?

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Isn’t that great? And I am sure you can carry all the toys you desire!

But perhaps you prefer to travel in a slightly more luxurious style.  This motor yacht might strike your fancy.

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Gitana is giganta!

Notice that Gitana is still attached to the travel lift which we saw move her back into the water.  I was nervous when TTR was lifted, so imagine how it feels to have this boat hauled!

Oh, by the way, that is a 500 metric ton travel lift!!!

Hmmm, I thought they did things BIG in Texas…. wonder if there are Texas yards to rival this one?

Which one of these boats is your favorite?

Enough ogling of giant boats for me.  I am truly content with TTR and I can hardly wait to fly home tomorrow.

But I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures of these very impressive boats.

Thanks for stopping to read our blog.  Feel free to comment below. And if you want to hear from us more often, please check out our Facebook page: HH55 Ticket To Ride.

Posted on October 14, 2019, in Ticket to Ride, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Catherine Lorenz

    I love all of the boats! Thank you for sharing. This is the best Annapolis Sailboat Show posting I’ve seen.

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    • Catherine, these were all in Newport, not in the Annapolis Boat Show. They were impressive. I thought of you when we saw the new Gunboat. It is beautiful. I didn’t get on it, of course, but it doesn’t appear to have as much furnishing as the HH. At least in the cockpit. Still, a very pretty sailboat.

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