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Re: First Boat for Family of Six (in Oz)
Sadly that is OZ SloopJon, every boat here is twice the price it would be in the states.
With our dollar now higher, so many sailors I know are seriously looking at buying in the US and sailing home. Also I am lead to believe that most of the US Columbia 34's were built in the early 70's, the ones built over here were built in the lare 70's/early 80's.
I agree the looks of the Columbia's are not to everyone's taste.
The Tripp Columbias were built until the Payne designs took over - about '75. Columbia built all over under license - they were built in Vancouver, Italy etc.
Sounds from your timeline like some obsolescent tooling may have been shipped to Oz so production could resume.
As to their looks, I can't recall ever seeing a flush decked boat I didn't like, a boat I thought had too much beam and only a couple that I thought had too much overhang.
In todays design world, except for the beam, I'm pretty much a lost soul.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.