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Columbia 26 Mark II
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Description: Columbia 26 Mark II
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Review Date: Thu September 26, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Nice older boat that sails quite well
Have installed legal holding tank as well as other creature comfort features

Have complete manual and some spare parts or leads to others who have spare parts

Boat is moored in Plymouth, MA harbor come by and say "HI"

Boat Name is "Carol Ann"

1997 updates include
Added Roller Furling
16.5 Gallon inboard Fuel Tank
6 Gallon Holding Tank and Macerator
Solar Panel, Controller and two Wet Cell Batteries
Bilge Pumps Manual and Electric


Love the boat it handles great

Have a web page at HTTP://www.capecod.net/~dcaron

Give it a try looking for other 26'ers to put there pictures there

Serial # is 543




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Review Date: Mon March 3, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Columbia 26 Mark II is a forgiving boat that sails well and is rather fast for it's size. It is roomy and comfortable with adequate head room and a spacious interior. It has a good weather helm and is stable under most conditions. It sails best on a reach and with a full mainsail, a 150 genoa, and a 15 knot wind you can lfy accross the bay.

The main weaknesses are as follows. First of all, the well for the motor in the middle of the cockpit should be glassed over and turned into a cooler. You motor will work much better and sound much quieter mounted on the transom. Secondly, there are the annoying leaks. Primarily around the windows and at the 6" vent over the head, which by the way, I still have not figured out it's intended function. Also add a bilge pump to your boat. it's much easier than screwing around with a hand pump especially if you have to pump it out while you are under sail.

In general, I have been very happy with our Columbia. I would recommend it to any begining sailor. It's forgiving, easy to sail and a great boat to learn on.
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Review Date: Sun April 20, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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26 foot sloop rigged coastal cruiser or racer. Mast is about 33 feet, boom is about 11 feet. Well in aft cockpit provides space for mounting a small outboard. We are using a Tohatsu 5hp which works pretty well. We have a two burner alcohol stove in the galley which brews a good cup of coffee if you are not impatient. The boat is quite adequate for two people on short coastal cruises. We like it!!
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Review Date: Sat December 6, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Boat is well designed providing nice room in cabin and cockpit for a 26 foot boat. I find the outboard in well performs well in front of rudder however have a problem with fumes at times. The spaciousness of the deck it a nice feature as well as the high freeboard. Boat sails well and is fast. Have not had it very long and am looking forward to using it on the N.Carolina coast this winter and next summer. Boat is moored on Pamlico River near Washington. Would like to communicate with other owners of Columbia 26s.
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Review Date: Mon May 11, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sloop rig with factory engine removed and a 9.9 outboard hung off the transom. Really wish the inboard was still there, even tho the outboard does quite well. when I bought the boat this past sept it was a total basket case. Most everything was there. Came with a real nice custom trailer, that I also ust to haul other boats. Have a wind vane, 2 70ah gel cell-46wat solar pannel-
VHF-CB -lights -all new wiring with two bilge pumps. Mast is 30 feet--Anybody know how much these boats weigh. If you are comming to Hawaii come sail with me. Lloyd
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Review Date: Wed July 15, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have had our boat here in the desert for 14 years. She has been a great sailing boat for all our changing weather conditions and still gets looks from all the newer boats on the lake. The stove is now a two burner propane and it works very well. Our motor is out back and at 9.9 is plenty. The old motor well has been glassed over and is now a cooler.The large decks and huge forward hatch have always been a plus when sailing or at the slip.The windows were replaced 4 or 5 years ago and they still leak but it only rains about 8 inches a year so its not a problem. Updating the switch panel and some of the wiring is the next big job,ant suggestions?
Overall this has been the best boat we have had here at Elephant Butte lake in New Mexico. If ever in the southwest stop and say HI.
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Review Date: Fri December 25, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am a Marine Surveyor, and have been sailing my entire life. I have owned larger,and have sailed numerous boats. The Columbia 26'Mk11 is one of the best all round sailing vessels afloat. Going down wind with spinaker flying she's fast, and when a gales blows, she's safe and dry with storm main and storm trisail! Length 25'7"- LWL 21'6"- Beam 8'6"- Draft 4'4"- Displacement 5,900lbs- Ballast 2,550lbs-Working Sails(main+jib) 310 sq.ft-Vertical clearance 35 6", (also available in 3'2" shoal-draft)."Always check the keel bolts".. most need new washers and nuts. Little headroom, but a great "stiff" boat if handled properly. As with most the port lites leak....THE PERFECT AFFORDABLE POCKET CRUISER $2,000 to $12,000 depending on condition and equipment....They're a lot less than they should be ???? One of Bill Tripp's finest designs. Minimal wetted surface combined with a swept-back fin keel and large deep balanced rudder for great tracking, make the 26 great to sail in all conditions. The 26 has a two burner alcohol stove, a well insulated deep ice-box,stainlees steel sink with hand pump,enclosed head, dinette, and five berths....almost 2,000 are still sailing...need I say more...HAPPY 1999 SAILING !!!








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Review Date: Mon May 3, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned "Green Eyes" for 3 years, and sailed often on Narragansett Bay,RI.The boat is powered by a Yamaha 4 in the well, which does OK, although more power would be nicer sometimes.She had all standing rigging replaced in Spring '99.
We have had some problems with the cast iron centerboard rusting in place during winter storage.Getting the board down has proven to be a big project!
The boats are solid and very forgiving.The large cabin make her a comfortable cruiser, and the high freeboard make it very seaworthy.Overall, she has proven to be a wonderful boat. Happy sailing
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Review Date: Tue June 8, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned our, 1973 Columbia 26 since January/99.
We sail in Victoria, BC Canada (Strait of Juan De Fuca), Puget Sound north of Seatle. Our club the Turkey Head Sailing Assc. race 10 months of the year from September thru June. We have two series fall and spring. In the spring series two Columbia 26's have finished in the top four. Wendy and I have finished this our first series in fourth and our Commodore a long time Columbia 26 owner finnished 2nd. we each lost to Catalina 27's.

Our boat was previously a live aboard by a woman in Vancouver,BC, Canada. Our boat is equiped with a furnace, pressurized hot water system with a shower in the head. The Starboard quarterberth has been removed and the furnace at one end a countertop which runs to the stove. The countertop runs over the bar fridge(110 only)

We cruise the San Juan Islands at least once per month this winter and Spring. A 20 day cruise is planned in late August 99 up to the world famous Desolation Sound.

Oh and the nice little extra the boat came with a Yamaha 9.9 long shaft place centered on the transom.

Question about leaks as we have a few. Moisture control is our key goal in the near future. Any tips in that area would be helpfull.

mark & wendy at Sailmore@sprint.ca




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Review Date: Thu August 5, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We sail the boat on lake superior and have had no problems. The boat sails good and balanced on all points. Good heavy air boat, needs a drifter in light air. We have a 6 hp johnson in the motor well..the boat should have a 9.9 or better if possible. We have enjoyed Kiana Too very much and cannot believe how cheap one can be gotton for. Great boat!
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Review Date: Mon January 17, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Tremendous value in a small boat. Very solidly built and rather heavy. They sail extremely well in moderate to heavy winds, but don't care much for light air. Flush desk design makes for very comfortable lounging. Cockpit is rather small for a boat this size. Interior volume is great. Lots of space and convenient layout.

Problems to watch for: leaks in the windows, leaks in the hull-to-deck joint, excessive slop in the rudder. These are all common problems for C26's, but all relatively easy to fix.

You'll be hard-pressed to find more bang-for-the-buck in a small cruising sailboat.
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Review Date: Mon March 13, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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SHE HAS A FIN KEEL. GAS MOTOR 15HP.2 MAINS A 150/A 170JIB A 110 STORM JIB
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Review Date: Wed March 29, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Wonderful boat the family has enjoyed for over 3 years, use for weekend outtings on Ches. bay (Norfolk area). Improvements made over the 3 years include replacement of front hatch with smoked lexan, built a smaller table for galley which breaks down to make an "L" shaped seating area, replacment of all through hull's and new seacocks, Bimimi top to keep the cockpit shady, I covered the useless vent off the head, hung the 8 HP Johnson off the stern which quieted things down and kept us from being gassed to death, added a propane stove to the galley and a small 12v TV to keep the wife happy, between both bench seats I've put a plywood insert which gives more seating area at anchor or inport. Some of her bad points, windows leak...buy stock in silicone caulk, keel bolts are rusty, roller furler on boom is a pain in windy conditions.
Overall I'm very satisfied with the way she handles and sails, although slow in light airs (due no doubt to the ton of junk we have onboard) she is dry and stable. So much so that the wife will actually go out for weekends and enjoy herself, I'm trying to turn her into a cruiser. Hope to see you out on the bay this summer...EVELYN II
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Review Date: Thu November 14, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I had a 1971 Columbia MkII that was my sailing liveaboard bachelor home for 10 years. The first two years she was raced hard and did very well, then I decided cruising was more fun and less work than racing. The first thing I did was replace keel bolts, which removed any keel problems. All windows were replaced and sealed with 3-M 5200 and that eliminated all leaks. I also used 5200 to permanently seal the deck to the hull. Since I'm 6'3" and 230# I cut the V-berth out to the hull and extended it into the anchor well. That worked out well. I also extended both the dinette and setee with footwells as they are both exactly 6'. I built a hard dodger out of glassed ply. The engine was an 8hp Mariner hung from the stern which was a mistake because in real sea conditions it either cavitated or flooded. Together my beloved RUNAWAY and I chalked up more than 20,000 sea miles, including sailing down the Baja Peninsula and a year in the Sea of Cortez. No question I would have sailed anywhere on the planet aboard her. I have since owned larger more comfortable boats, but none better. In fact I'm thinking about getting another one. I have all the manuals and specs. George
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Review Date: Sat July 17, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned this boat for 3 years as a "starter boat." I would recommend this boat to anyone looking at them for her steadfast seaworthiness. She can take it on the chin, and then turn and run before all in the same day, never leaving you wanting more. She is fairly forgiving as far as the sail set goes. Just put 'em up and go. Really set 'em right and she'll reward you. We have been out with full main and 130 jib on many days when others were reefing and heading for home. We appreciate her weight down low and her lack of rocking both under sail and at the dock. BUT, the trade off is no headroom, small tankage and spotty fiberglass tabbing. Other than the lack of headroom, all of these things are readily fixable. If you can get one at a good price, buy her, sail her and love her.
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