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Columbia 29
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Description: Columbia 29
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu January 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Columbia 29 is a Sparkman & Stephens designed fiberglass sloop with classic lines very similar to an Allberg or Cape Dory. The sloop rig is low aspect and has a large mainsail (boom is 13' long). The
cockpit is roomy (although a bit narrow) and is long enough to sleep in. There is a lazaret locker at the aft end of the cockpit. My 1965 Columbia is trimmed in Mahogoney on the toe rails with a lovely Mahogoney main hatch cover and lazaret cover.

The interior of the boat is charming being fully built of mahogoney. The layout is 2 quarter berths (with additional storage at the end of each berth), traditional dinnette with opposing galley (icebox is large but not well insulated). While these boats came with alchol stoves updating to propone is easy. There is a small head compartment to port and opposing hanging locker to starboard. The V berth is relatively low and reasonably long for 6' sailors. A small filler for the V makes it a good bit more comfortable. Head room is 6'2 or so in the main cabin but dips to probably about 5'5" at the head and V berth.

Dimensions: The boat is 28'5" LOA and about 23'6" at the water line. The overhangs lend a very classic look to the boat. The beam is 8' which makes it a good sailor. It is initially tender but very seaworthy in bad weather. Reefing (roller furling originally) is recommended early because of the large main. The boat will sail much better and faster with reefed sail and working jib when wind exceeds 20MPH. I have crossed Lake Michigan many times and regularly sail all over the Chesapeake Bay. The Displacement is 8,400 with ballast of 4,000 lbs. of lead.

Engine: The Columbia 29s came with in-board Universal Atomic 4 engines. The Columbia 26s had an optional in-board and the Columbia 26 & 24 share the same design of a hidden outboard well in the lazaret locker. The Atomic 4 is a very simple and dependable engine although they are nearing their lifespan on most of these boats...especially if they are in salt water. Since mine came of age in Lake Michigan (sailed there for 25 years), mine is still running strong. It pushes the boat at hull speed of about 7 MPH. (I just replaced my gas with a newly rebuilt Universal diesel). It has a two bladed prop in an aperture in the rudder...so there is no drag under sail. The Atomic 4 also makes provision for a hand crank. The motor is located under the stairs to the companionway and there is reasonable room for a sailboat engine compartment.

Overall the Columbia 29 (1965) version is a great family cruiser. It is safe, forgiving and comfortable for a small family. One can get much more interior space with more modern cruisers but none will be as safe or sail as well as the Columbia. The deck/hull joint was changed in 1967 or so with overlapping flange and may not be as waterproof as the 1965 design. Buc book price ranges from approximately $10.6-12.6K. If one has been maintained well it is a lot of boat for the money and you can expect depreciation to be close to zero since it is so old.


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pkipp
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Registered: January 2006
Posts: 2
Review Date: Wed April 26, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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COLUMBIA MADE A VERY STRONG HULL AND A FAST BOAT. i HAVE A COLUMBIA 29 AND IT IS A VERY WELL MADE BOAT ME AND MY SON HAVE LIVED ABOARD FOR A YEAR AND WE LOVE THE LAYOUT IT IS A VEREY GOOD BOAT
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souljour2000

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Registered: July 2008
Posts: 601
Review Date: Fri June 10, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: well-built overall...sea-kindly...easy to sail...
Cons: vee-berth area..closet...head are a bit cramped1966

Cool old boat. Mine still has original mahogany toe-rails..coamings in cockpit and cockpit lazarettes...still intact after almost 50 years...bolted hull-to-deck joint...Great boat and has alot of character and that "samsonite look" that defines 60's design aesthetic...
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