97 foot Sternwheel Riverboat Business For Sale

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The Newport Belle is a steel hull, fully furnished riverboat with nearly 3,000 square feet living area.   Custom built in 1993 as a floating B&B, she could easily become a unique family houseboat or private/corporate retreat.  This vessel features beautiful recycled old growth Douglas Fir flooring, 6 comfortable en-suite cabins, plus owner’s apartment, a beautiful wooded salon and dining area.  The Solarium over the paddle-wheel has a spectacular full-on view of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, an art deco masterpiece from the 1930’s.

Out-of-water Marine Survey was completed in Oct., 2017           Survey valuation: $475 K        available now $395K

Charming, historical purpose-built sternwheeler floating inn. 5 ensuite guest rooms, owners’ suite plus crew quarters. Recycled Douglas fir flooring in every room with beadboard wainscoting.

Main Salon with pellet stove, breakfast/dining room with seating for 14.

Solarium above the paddlewheel features dramatic floor to ceiling glass providing a beautiful panoramic view of the sunset, the marina, the spectacular Yaquina Bay Bridge with the Pacific Ocean beyond and Newport’s Historic Bayfront, the busiest seafood port on the Coast.

The vessel features a fully equipped galley, large laundry room with 2 washers & 2 dryers. Lots of storage throughout the vessel.

Perfect location off Hwy 101.  Walk to Aquarium, Rogue Brewery, fishing & whale watching boats.

This is a US Coast Guard registered vessel (permanently moored.) Shore power is 200A 240v. City water and sewer hookups, with 950 and 600-gallon holding tanks, Steel hull (1/4”) in excellent condition. Out of water inspection and Marine survey was completed October 2017 and appraised at $475,000.

U S Range electric stove/oven,  2 refrigerators,  Bosch dishwasher, microwave/convection oven,  3-compartment stainless steel sink,  built in electric heaters in all cabins,  wood pellet stove in Salon,  Solarium on deck 2!

34 K  John Deere marine emergency generator,  city hookups for water and sewage,  and more…9 1/2 baths  with 200 gal. hot water capacity.

Shown by appointment – better, come stay with us and catch the dream.  Questions?   Call Michael at 541-867-6290 or Nancy at (541) 272-7154

Frequently Asked Questions

1 What is the person/weight capacity of Newport Belle?

The original hull capacity was rated for 100 persons – this number is unlikely, since the lodging configuration with guest cabins on deck 1 and 3 breaks up the space.  Deck 2 is the common area with Salon, Dining, and Solarium.

2 What is the condition of the hull?

The hull is ¼” steel; with watertight bulkheads every 10’. The vessel was hauled-out at Port of Toledo, Oregon Boatyard in October, 2017 for full hull cleaning, inspection and paint. New anti-corrosive zincs were installed. The stern assembly (paddlewheel) and smokestacks are also rust free and newly painted.

3 Are the floors all wood or is there some carpet?

All floors – nearly 3000’ sq. are recycled old growth Douglas fir. Carpet runners on stairs.

4 How much is the current moorage fee in Newport?

$824 per month.

5 What is your occupancy rate?

We are closed November through mid-April: (0%)    April thru June: 20-55% (varies) July, August and September: about 85%.

6 Looking at the diagrams on your website I can see 8 total rooms with bathrooms. Why is the room on deck 1 not used currently?

It is a small cabin due to water-heater closets which have been added. We use it for friends and family visits (plus storage) The boat was originally built with 8 guest rooms plus crew quarters (now converted to the laundry room with 2 washers and 2 dryers, deep wash tubs, toilet and shower.)

We rent 5 guest rooms. ADA (American with Disabilities Act) exempts facilities from requiring ramps and elevators for lodgings with fewer than 6 rooms – which are owner occupied. Thus, we qualify as a private home rather than a public inn.

7 Are there two bathrooms in the owners’ apartment?

Yes, that apartment was created by removing a wall, thus creating a 2/bed 2/bath suite on the top floor. This suite may be reconverted to a large guest suite, and moving the owner/manager to the unused cabin on the lower deck.

8 Do you operate the Belle year-round?

Presently we live aboard about 7 months per year. We engage a caretaker to live aboard while we are away. The business is closed during that time.

9 Is there a bathroom on Deck 2?

There is a half bath, located between the main salon and solarium.

10 What facilities are in the kitchen?

U S Range Commercial electric stove, 2 refrigerators, freezer, Bosch dishwasher, microwave, convection oven, 3-hole stainless scrub sink in compliance with Health Dept. requirements.

11 Can the boat be moved to another location?

Yes, the vessel may be barged to another location. Open ocean transit on is not recommended with a flat-bottomed vessel.

12 Could the top floor/roof be made into a deck? Is it accessible?

The roof is accessible only by crawling out the rear of the Pilot House. Not feasible.

13 What size are the beds?

Our 5 guest rooms: 3 queens and 2 kings. Each has a private bath.

14 Are the walls thick enough between the rooms that TV’s could be installed?

Yes, sound insulation is good.

15 Currently are any repairs needed?

  • Painting and small repairs are part of ongoing regular maintenance.
  • 24’ section on deck 2 needs new siding (port side – galley area)
  • 10’ section in deck 1 needs new siding. (starboard side – outside the laundry room

16 Are you selling it furnished?


17 Do the engines work?

Yes. The drive engine is a 1968 Mack truck engine (diesel) Allison transmission with chain drive to the paddles.  We also have 34 Kw auxiliary electric generator: John Deere (diesel)

18 When was the Newport Belle built?

It was originally built and operated in Bandon, OR., completed in 1993.

The original owner/builder operated the vessel on the Coquille River in Bandon, Oregon. The vessel was formerly certified to carry passengers, and presumably could be re-certified as such.  In Newport, however, windy conditions at the Central Coast would make touring impractical., thus, it is now USCG registered as Permanently Moored.

19 Why are you selling it?       

2018 was our 13th year of operation.   We now look forward to retirement and have

20 Is the structure all wood or is the frame steel?

Above the 4,75’ deep steel hull, the vessel is a conventional wood frame structure with 2 plywood sheer  walls to prevent racking. 2X6 studs 16” (on center) for walls and 2X10 floor joists.

21 I assume there is no A/C. Does this get hot in the summer?

 In Newport / South Beach Marina it seldom exceeds 70 F.

22 How is it heated?  

All guest rooms are furnished with 220 electric heaters.  A wood pellet stove heats the Main Salon, and a portable space heater in aft deck solarium.