Venture Newport 23


This site is dedicated to perhaps one of the most unique trailerable sailboats ever built. The Venture Newport 23 is a swing-keel cutter made by MacGregor from 1973 to 1984. With its raked mast, signature taffrail, bowsprit and classic lines, this versatile and practical boat evokes the nostalgia of sailing vessels from a century ago. Yet with a sturdy fiberglass hull and fully retractible iron swing keel this vessel is easy to maintain and at home on a trailer, beached in a quiet cove, or plying the inland and coastal waterways.

This site is intended to be a resource for the ‘classic plastic’ enthusiasts to share restoration tips and accomplishments, modifications, maintenance and repair tips and to collectively gather, preserve and promote information about this fantastc little boat.

Your VN23 photos, stories, videos, tips, and restoration documentaries are greatly appreciated.

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