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Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer

We bought a 1969 Columbia 36 two years ago and have done an extensive refit to make her ready for the southern Pacific.

Ours had an original Wilcox toilet that was plumed directly over the side, as was typical for this time. Ours was almost completely stock - no one had screwed her up yet. She also had a new Yanmar 30, so she was a great platform for what we wanted to do.

The 36 was a Crealock design and was really fast. The problem with all Columbias back then was that they were more of a poor man's sailboat. You got a LOT of bang for your buck, but not a lot of teak or amenities. We've cut storage and cabinet space where there was none to solve some of the storage issues, and a lot more. There is a complete list of what we've done thus far, on my blog.

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1976 41' Morgan Out Island Sloop. Refitting and redoing her interior for an extended voyage.
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