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Re: Interesting Sailboats

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Originally Posted by bjung View Post
Last nights incident off Ca, (1 dead, 5 rescued after abandoning racing sailboat off Southern California - The Washington Post )made me take a closer look at this little rocket.The Columbia 32
She does look fast and fragile.
"Race with the big boys at a fraction of the price and steal their thunder."
The Columbia 32 is a very nice sailboat and it is just sad that our attention was brought to it by a fatal accident. That is much of a racer even if if it would not be difficult to make out of it a great performance cruising version. The boat has a huge stability with a big draft and a big B/D ratio and some interesting features as the possibility of having a lifting keel and a lifting propeller (never had saw one).

The fragility of those hugely deep rudders face to debris is a problem, even in what regards racing boats, as it is the case. The first version of the boat, this one(2005) had a different rudder and one that can easily be made to pivoting if hit by any obstacle:



The 2012 version has a different rudder and one that cannot be adapted to do that. A twin rudder system would probably have prevented this accident. We have seen several times Figaro II retiring from races with one rudder damaged by debris but I don't recall of any not being able to make it to port by its own means.

The designer of this boat is an experienced one even if not having designed many boats. Tim Kernan designed the Santa Cruz 37 and that is certainly a reference.

The boat looks very good, in its basic dimensions and in what regards design:

COLUMBIA 32 SPORT YACHT sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com















Regards

Paulo
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