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Newport Beach

Volume 5, Issue 95  |  November 27, 2020

On the Harbor: Newport Beach’s 10 most interesting yachts


I spent a couple of days cruising the harbor previewing yachts that I have seen over this past season. My Top 10 choice countdowns were made by what I believe are the most interesting and demonstrate the character of our unique harbor. Most of the watercrafts I have selected are custom and have been in the bay for a long time. To be honest, I am hoping to get the listing on these or at least be invited aboard.

Your comments are always well received, so let me know which boats I should add next year.

This is the first in a two-part series. My next column will cover my Top 10 sailboats.

On the Harbor 10. FORGER

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No. 10 – “FORGER”

FORGER is a 74-foot vessel commissioned in 1988 at the German Bültjer Shipyard in Ditzum to a Beeldsnijder design. It is immediately obvious that she is definitely a different sort of motor yacht. Her iroko (a large hardwood tree from the west coast of tropical Africa that can live up to 500 years) topside gleam has countless coats of varnish. She came to town 10 years ago and is berthed on the end of Linda Isle. 

On the Harbor 9. WASABI

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No. 9 – “WASABI”

The 61-foot Nordland WASABI was built in 1983 and shows in better than new condition. If I am not mistaken, she has spent most of her life here with only two owners. Today, she is berthed on a mooring in front of the Balboa Yacht Club and can be found at Whites Landing, Catalina in the summer months. Pride of ownership exudes, which keeps her as one of the best-looking yachts in the harbor.

On the Harbor 8. INVICTUS

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No. 8 – “INVICTUS”

INVICTUS is a 216-foot, 7-inch luxury motor yacht. She was built by Delta Marine in 2013. With a beam of 42 feet and a draft of 13 feet, she has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 1,485 tons. She is powered by engines of 2,575 HP each giving her a maximum speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. The motor yacht can accommodate 12 guests in six cabins with an exterior design by Delta Design Group. This gorgeous megayacht really should not be on this list because she is not berthed in Newport Beach, yet when it is in the turning basin each summer she commands everyone’s attention. Owned by Rick Caruso, an L.A.-based billionaire developer, her name is derived from Latin, meaning unconquerable or undefeated.

On the Harbor 7. LA FORZA del DESTINO

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No. 7 – “LA FORZA del DESTINO”

LA FORZA del DESTINO splashed here in 2018. The 32-foot center console is built by Hunt Yachts and is a clear standout to the many center consoles starting to appear in our harbor over the last five years. It is kept at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and features a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, which midgets 95 percent of the ocean’s roll. She is powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha engines and can reach top speeds of 50 knots. She is a must have for any yachtsman wanting the best. 

On thr Harbor 6. SHENANDOAH

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This 44-foot Hinckley Talaria was built in 2004. How can this powerboat not catch a discerning yachtsman’s eye with her deep ocean blue color and seductive lines? She grabs one’s attention at first glance. Perfection is the first thought that comes to mind when viewing this Michael Peters design. SHENANDOAH is kept on an end tie just west of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. 

On the Harbor 5. VENDETTA

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No. 5 – “VENDETTA”

This 57-foot Gatsby-era commuter yacht designed by Doug Zurn and built by Director in 2005 is absolutely stunning and will take your breath away. I am a huge fan of commuter-style yachts and had noticed VENDETTA as soon as she arrived in town. I immediately thought to myself how perfect she would be over at Catalina. With a reported speed of 47 knots, the new owner can make it over to the island in less than an hour and accommodate up to six guests. The original owner was musician Billy Joel. She can be found at the end of Balboa Peninsula.

On the Harbor 4. AIFOS

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No. 4 – “AIFOS”

A 73-foot Wally Performance Yacht, AIFOS features twin V-12 1650 HP Mann diesels complemented by KaMeWa jet drives with top speeds of 40 knots. Her unique styling separates her from the rest of the fleet. She is berthed in the harbor along Mariner’s Mile and can be found at Moonstone Beach in Cambria during the summer. Her open transom, huge cockpit along with the ease of operating offers the owner the perfect getaway.

On the Harbor 3. SHANAKEE

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No. 3 – “SHANAKEE”

This 78-foot Nordland Ed Monk design splashed here in 2008. Designed for passages off the Pacific Coast and the glacial runways of the Inside Passage, SHANAKEE was constructed with a high-tech composite structure and just screams perfection. Built with a sailor’s eye, her beauty will last longer than the best French wine. If she is in town, you can find her just east of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

On the Harbor 2. CAZADOR

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No. 2 – “CAZADOR”

This 115-foot Nordland Expedition Yachtfisher is a long-range cruiser, with a main level master stateroom, three guest staterooms, three crew staterooms, a large salon and galley, and a top-level pilothouse. Specs include 3,200 HP from twin CATs, 7,000 gallons of fuel, 1,200 gallons of water and twin Northern Lights gen sets at 65 kw each. Dimensions: 115-foot length, 25-foot beam and 6-foot 2-inch draft. Splashed here in 2018, CAZADOR can be seen at the end of the Lido peninsula next to the Newport Beach Shipyard.

On the Harboe 1. FOLLOWING SEA

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Courtesy of Following Sea Boating Group


This 56-foot Bertram is what Newport Beach is all about. The original owner was a member of Newport Harbor Yacht Club who commissioned Ray Hunt to design a 52-foot yacht for extended offshore cruising. Built by Dick Bertram in 1964, the construction was cold molded and was said to be the lightest and fastest cruising sport fishing boat on the west coast with a cruise speed of 20 knots. Restored to perfection by one of Newport’s best boat builders, FOLLOWING SEA can be found in the Newport Marina.

Sea ya.


Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport.

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