The Columbia 26 is a great boat. I used to sail one when we lived in Oklahoma. Sails well in light air.. Heavy enough to handle a good size chop.
Is your outboard still in the well, or did you move it to the transom?
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
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