What Are We Floating Around In?

The Boat

Gypsy Days

Gypsy Days is a 1980 Newport 30 MKII sailboat and she is a coastal cruiser. She has a pretty standard but simple layout and we chose her mainly for her wide beam and comfortable living space.

Newport 30s are not that common on this coast, but they are somewhat similar to the Catalina 30. She didn't come to us in perfect shape, but for a 37+ year old boat, her interior furnishings are still looking great. 

We did a lot of work on her in preparation for moving aboard. We knew she needed to keep us warm and dry through a Boston winter, so that was priority number one. Since then, we have done a lot more work on her and have relished in the learning experience.

Gypsy Days turns sharply, bucks a lot no matter how small the wake, and loves to sail on a beam reach. She has kept us safe and taught us so much, and now she will ferry us into our new adventures as cruisers!

Details for boat nerds

Model: Newport MK II

Year: 1980

Builder: Capital Yachts (USA)

Designer: Gary Mull

Hull Type: Fin keel with spade rudder

Rigging Type: Masthead sloop

Mast Type: Deck-stepped

LOA: 30ft/9.14m

LWL: 26.5ft/8.08m

Beam: 10.67ft/3.25m

Draft: 4.75ft/1.45m

Displacement: 8000lb/3629kg

Ballast: Lead 2600lb/1179kg

Engine make: Universal Westerbeke

Model: M3-20B

Type: Diesel

HP: 20

Water: 60 Gal

Fuel: 20 Gal

What we've added/replaced... so far

  • Lifeline netting

  • Bottom paint

  • Fresh zincs

  • 30 amp shore power

  • Extra outlets, all GFCI

  • Replaced all lights with LED

  • Changed her name and put on decals

  • Changed cracked thru hull fitting

  • Replaced chain plate for backstay

  • Removed old steering pedestal and installed new (used) pedestal

  • Fixed leak in the water tank

  • Fabricated and installed a new traveler

  • Installed a new (used) stereo

  • Had our sails repaired

  • Improved our interior organization and storage

  • Replaced some of the hoses in our plumbing system

  • Fabricated racks to mount our solar panel, surfboard, and various items on the bow

  • Mounted solar panel to rack on a fold-out system

  • Changed some mast lights

  • Installed one 100W solar panel and solar controller

  • Installed a new house battery and ran other two batteries in parallel to be our starting battery

  • Cleaned the hull

  • Installed a new VHF with GPS and antenna

  • Installed a 12V outlet in the V-berth

  • Installed an inverter

  • Had fuel tank cleaned

  • Installed vacuum gauge in fuel system

  • Installed a new raw water pump

  • Replaced transmission (twice!)

  • Made a screen door


And the list is ongoing, as on any boat!

S/V Gypsy Days

S/V Gypsy Days