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Columbia 26 mk 11
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2 4474 Tue October 6, 2009
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers None indicated 6.0

Description: Columbia 26 mk 11
Keywords: Columbia 26 mk 11

Review Date: Thu August 17, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


A nice sailing boat that has shown a remarkable ability to remain dry even on a snotty day on Lake Superior. I have owned the boat for the past couple years and it is moored in Superior, WI. This past summer we have cruised the Apostle Islands with her and out in some really bad stuff on occassion. The boat sails very good and is solid. The freeboard keeps her dry and the not so fine bow keeps her from digging into waves. Kiana Too is one of the best boats I have ever sailed on and is not overbearing for one or two to sail. It does not have room for more than a couple on a cruise. Large icebox is nice. We have added many extras to make the ship more livable when out. Some of these things include a propane system, flip up extra counter, better lighting, tiller extension and some more. I paid $4,200 for her and have gotton more pleasure from her than money can buy.
Problem areas to look for soft spots on the decks, especially around the head vent area, rusted keel bolts and leaky chainplates and windows.
You would think at first glance that the freeboard would make for poor sailing. But, I have sailed boats for over 35 years and I can atest to this boats wonderful sailing characteristics.
Send me your questions or comments or drop by C-33 at Barkers Island and see her for yourself.
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Registered: August 2001
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Review Date: Tue October 6, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Price
Cons: Hull to deck join may leak

The Columbia 26 MKII is a Bill Tripp-designed masthead sloop featuring a "bubble" cabintop and a big, flat foredeck suitable for landing small planes. The cockpit is deep and secure, a good cockpit for families with small kids. Belowdecks, very '70s looking with a glossy fiberglass liner trimmed in teak, and a flimsy dinette to port with settee opposite.

The underbody is flattish with a bolt-on iron keel (holes go right through the hull, no stub) and spade rudder. The shoal draft model draws a little over 3 feet --- too shallow IMHO. With this keel, the boat has a v-e-r-y strong urge to round up in a breeze. (On the other hand, she will heave-to --- whether you want to or not.) I bought the boat after reading a laudatory review in Practical Sailor; turns out, they were praising the performance of the deep-keel version (and later removed the review from their archives for some reason). Shallow bilge and no sump.

The hull to deck joint protrudes and is vulnerable to damage. On my boat, it leaked as well. The deck-stepped mast is stout but the rigging on mine was a bit undersized. Look for gelcoat crazing and voids on-deck.

On balance, a good family daysailer or very cozy weekender, for the money. Or buy two, drop the keels, and make a cheap catamaran!
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