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Columbia 8.7
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Description: Columbia 8.7
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Review Date: Thu March 6, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Excellent combination of good sailing characteristics (especially off the wind) and good accommodations.
Boat tracks well on all points of sail at least partially due to the elongated fin keel, the skeg that extends from keel to stern, and a deep efficient rudder.. First rate deck hardware used throughout. Much of this hardware is spec'd for boats in the 32-35' range.
Open interior overxomes the claustrophobia that otherwise might be experienced becuase of the excessive use of teak veneer plywood for all panels and bulkheads. One benefit of the wood interior is that all cabin panels and fittngs can be removed with a screw driver. All plumbing and wiring is immediately accessible. Nothing is hidden behind a fiberglass liner.
Boats are prone to blistering, however production stopped long enough ago that any boat that does not exhibit a blistering problem has either been fixed or is immune to the problem. Portlights on at least early models were prone to leaks.
I bought my 8.7 new in 1976 have sailed it hard for over 20 years. Obviously I have found the boat to be a great weekend and vacation cruiser. I have sailed this boat primarily on the Chesapeake, with a 3 year stint in Newport, RI.
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bpilt
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Registered: March 2000
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sun August 24, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We bought our 8.7 in '81 and have used it on the St. Croix River in Minnesota, USA since. It's been a great family cruiser for us!

Our comments are that it's a well constructed hull with nice joinery. Beautifully balanced helm. Fixed ports tend to leak. Watch for deck delamination especially around chainplates. Also check mast support as mast is deckmounted and when rigging is overtensioned, can cause distress at the cabin top.


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue June 13, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Columbia 8.7 is a very solid, comfortable and forgiving boat.
Definitely more of a cruiser than a racer, but goes well in 10 lknots of wind and above, and hull speed is no problem at around 15 knots. I have found her to be exceptionally stable in heavy winds. Tracking is excellent.
Rigging is straightforward and the boat is easy to singlehand.
The accomodations are quite roomy for a boat this size which is great for crusing or entertaining. My marina neighbor in a Catalina 30 is jealous of the size of the Columbia's cabin! The quality of the interior work is good. The layout is fairly typical of a boat of this vintage and size.
Side and fore decks are comfortable to work on.
A few negatives: the forward end of the cabin trunk is rather bulbous and not particularly graceful looking (but it does give good overhead room in the v berth). On the other hand, the other end - wine glass transom- is really pretty and functional too in following seas. The standard ports are non- opening ports and thus ventilation is not great. I feel the Cinkel boom is rather lightweight for the boat, especially considering that most all the hardware, rigging and overall construction is very sturdy.
Problems I had or have are few and include, minor leaks in forward hatch and deck/hull joint and the usual maintenance or obsolence issues in a 19 year old vessel.
Overall, I highly recommend the 8.7.

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Kalakala
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Registered: August 2000
Posts: 3
Review Date: Sat October 21, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We bought this boat in July 2000, having never sailed before.
This boat has more room and forgivness than any of the other boats we looked at.
2 weeks later I was single hand sailing. This boat is easy. I agree that this model is not a speedster but definately a "super cruiser".
Excellent hardware and rigging, extremly roomy.
For an older boat, the Columbia 8.7 is worth consideration.
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SDW
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Registered: May 2007
Posts: 7
Review Date: Tue July 17, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Solid construction, wide decks, open and roomy below, steady, forgiving handling
Cons: non opening portlights provide insufficient ventilation

We sail full #233 primarily in the chesapeake as her second owners. The original owner purchased her new in Massachusetts and sailed her regularly for 30 years in that area. She came to us primarily due only to his advancing age. Not a "classic" exterior by any means due to Alan Payne's trademark flat sheer/high freeboard, the resulting comfort that this provides, both on deck and below in terms of footroom and headroom more than makes up for it for us. She has been rigged for easy single handing, with roller furling up front, and all halyards leading to coachroof mounted winches. Also leading aft are the lines for Harken single line reefing and boom vang. She is a steady tracker, but turns surprisingly nimbly within her own length. Below, the teak veneer along with the teak and holly sole gives the feel of a warm older and larger vessel. A fold out navigation table is provided on the port side in a convenient location. Typical of the period, the ice box is large and rather poorly insulated for any extended use, especially when you consider the use of fixed portlights which provide poor ventilation and subsequent elevated temperatures below on calm days at anchor. The original owner replaced the tiller with Edson pedistal and wheel. I like having the compass so located and the ease of quickly locking it with the brake, but miss the sensitivity. Essentially an equal trade off I guess. A handy length for a daysail, but solid enough for heavier conditions offshore. Not a speed machine, I recommend the Columbia 8.7 to anyone wanting a comfortable cruising experience.
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Captaintim
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Registered: November 2010
Location: Fredericksburg,Va
Posts: 4
Review Date: Fri November 18, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: She heads up and tracks well, lots of room below finished in beautiful teak wood.
Cons: traveler placement and and low boom makes it difficult for comfortablebimini

Absolutely love the boat! Sail with confidence and BIG weather! Highly recommend the boat but be sure to check under mast for any fiberglass or structural repairs that might need attention. wish the Yanmar had a little bit more zip but it does the job and sips the fuel. She really heads up well and it is fun to sail in 20 plus knots!
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