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post #3 of Old 01-30-2003
Bart Toby
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columbia 31 help

The Hughes/columbia was built in southern Ontario near lake Huron, the boats have seamed to survive well. I was on one last summer that was owned by a local club member, the OMC would be my main concern as parts can be hard to find and the engine was a real pig on gas. these boats were built using a chopper gun, that may mean more to some, than other''s? I went threw the plant in 1980 when my dad was buying his Hughes/columbia 26 SE which also had an OMC engine. she was nicely finished but sailed on one tack better then the other as I think the keel was not in line with the hull properly, we once raced against a North Star 26 which left us in it wake. Hughes/columbia bought its molds for the hughes line of boat from North Star, all of the boats were designed by S&S but the Hughes designs were changed by the factory. Hope this helps.

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