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post #15 of Old 07-20-2009
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Dear Groupa,
The attraction of almost all 34-50 ft Columbias is the interior space and layout.
The drawbacks are the lack of opening ports, ancient and inadequate electrical panels and wiring, Palmer engines in the 34 ( with V Drive), plumbing that is (unless already replaced) archaic, and standing rigs at least 10-15 yrs old. Hence the price.
That being said, they are one of the most workable platforms to customize with sweat equity because they're built thick and strong and along with old Coronados have room below. The 34's and 43's usually benefit from replacing the solid deck hatches with opaques that let in more light and opening ports will mitigate the tendency of the solid hull liner to sweat in colder weather. Dorades and deck prisms lighten it up below as well.
The 34's always sell well because they're alot of boat for the price and everyone that we've known who owned one loved them. The other drawback, like the Coronado 35 (which is the same hull) is the high freeboard requiring a good boarding ladder.
Great Old Boat!
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