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post #6 of Old 01-31-2003
Bart Toby
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columbia 31 help

Jeff H

Yes you are right about the Hughes/northstar conection ie.: S&S design. However the builder changed many things about the northstar designs after buying the molds. If you have a northstar 3000 beside a hughes 31 the two boats look like distant sisters not twins. the boats also behaved very different from each other, example is the northstar 26 and the hughes 26 looked similer but the rig on the 26 was alot shorter. Hughes bought columbia after it closed its doors, at which time the name was changed to Hughes/columbia. Columbia yachts were called wide bodys due to being very beamy for their time and were measured "sold" in metric numbers ie. "8.7" meters. in Ontario the columbia designs still seam to hold their value as good crusers. Hughes designs "S&S" have dropped in price and are fairly easy to find for sale. the Hughes 35 is the nicest looker of the bunch, but waging keels, or so I have been told, would make me run for the hills.
Columbia yacht that Hughes built I thought were designed by Paine?

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