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Columbia 24
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu February 12, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Full keel Sparkman & Stevens design. Very sea-kindly and prefers more than less wind. Very roomy interior with great headroom for a boat this size (5' 9"). I had the lazarette well glassed in which has improved boat speed and prevents the motor (outboard) from starving in there (re-hung it off the transom). Interior is mahagony as well as the hatches (I've replaced the old plywood ones), splashboards, toe and handrails. It has been a great boat for me for the last seven years: easy on the slipfees and maintenance, high on fun.


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Review Date: Thu March 19, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I sailed "Jessica" from San Francisco to San Diego between September 1997 and December 1997. I had one friend along as crew and we lived aboard together comfortably the entire trip. I am still amazed at how well she handled the trip. The more wind we had the better she would sail. Force 8 conditions on several occasions and two knockdowns off Pt. Conception (The Cape Horn of the Pacific) and she just kept going. The D/L ratio of 301 puts her in the same category as a Westsail 32, a tank of a boat. I would not hesitate to take this boat on a voyage anywhere provided I could carry enough water.
Douglas
S/V Jessica
Challenger 24
Hull # 37
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Review Date: Mon April 27, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Our boat is a trunk cabin model. A great little coast cruiser. We added electric start Nissan 8hp motor and Furlex furling/reefing headsail to make handling easier. Harken adjustable track for genoa, main traveler and spinnaker track make handling great!
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Review Date: Tue May 26, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat is in exceptional condition. Likes more wind than less. Roomy interior, easily handles my family (six of us). Heavily built, strong and stable in the water.
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Review Date: Thu February 18, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Co-captain with Thom Gault (tjgault@aol.com) and Dick Gault (jnrgault@aol.com)

The GREAT LAKER is slipped in Michigan City, IN

Summary of design: Wide beam, thick fiberglass boat with very generous cockpit and unique "flat top" foredeck that makes it very easy to work forward.

Features: Tiller steering - Tall stick - Innovative motor well that completely encloses outboard.

Strengths: Very stable and forgiving - Loves heavy wind - Ideal first boat! - Very thick & strong hull - More generous cockpit than most cruisers of any size! - flat deck over cabin allows entire foredeck to be working area.

Weaknesses: Outboard motor well picks up water - Thick gelcoat crazes easily (but never a blister!)- Parts difficult to find

Overall satisfaction: Excellent first boat! - Looking to move up but heartbroken to think of selling her.



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Registered: October 2007
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Review Date: Sat October 13, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Cheap
Cons: small

I sailed Tola around the world, engineless. She is a great boat. I modified her extensively. I lowered the cabin, extended the cabin into the cockpit. (Reduce water in a knock down) added a bow spirit. (for light winds) Glassed in the motor well. Added solid rails. And much more. Read about it in:

http://education.of.a.falcon.googlepages.com

Buy one, You won't regret it.
Mike Riley
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