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Plumcrazy 08-21-2006 07:11 PM

OK, I looked at the boat I'm prospected to buy. If anyone has access to a site, check these numbers for me, please. I can't find much about the boat on the web. It's make is Columbia, LOA is 25' 0", serial CLYC60750875 (Which I can't look up). It was built in 1975- Idon't know where, commissioned in 1976. Hull is 1" fiberglass, small spider web on inside of cabin ceiling, no leaks except forehatch gasket. It is rigged for one man operation entirely from cockpit, and was used for a local regatta in Corpus Christi, Tx. It really just needs love, but one problem concerns me. The mast sits on a vertical beam(in the cabin) that goes to the floor. It is a little sunken in and now sits atop the keel. How critical is this to structure? That's all I KNOW about the boat. I was told by the owner it has a draft of 4' 6", but my research leans toward 3' 6"- could this have been changed for a racing type rig? Will it handle waves in the gulf?

cardiacpaul 08-21-2006 07:43 PM

does it look like this one?

Plumcrazy 08-21-2006 07:50 PM

Pretty close, but not as fancy, being an older model- The cabin only has two windows and the forward hatch is on the deck, not integrated like this one. It doesnt look as nice either, but I can fix the cosmetics myself. I need to find out the exact specs, though- like beam and draft. I have an old registration to it, but it only shows as a 25 foot Columbia, no model type.

seabreeze_97 08-21-2006 08:52 PM

Just a guess, but it sounds like the Columbia 26 MKII.

seabreeze_97 08-21-2006 09:34 PM

Plumcrazy 08-21-2006 09:51 PM

It VERY closely resembles the Otis B. Driftwood, but shares many similarities with the second one. Mine's a 1975, and the cabin is longer than the '72 and has the two windows further back.

seabreeze_97 08-21-2006 10:59 PM

FrankLanger 08-22-2006 11:08 AM

No one has commented yet on the cracks in the cabin roof and the compression post having sunk a bit (as mentioned in a previous post). While this problem can be fixed, it is not insignificant. If you don't have the knowledge and skills to fix it yourself, it can be quite costly to have the pros do it.

Plumcrazy 08-22-2006 03:11 PM

How serious of a problem is the compression post? I am a body man familiar with fiberglass and gel coat, so I can fix the spider cracks. I'm also a welder and an experienced carpenter. The ompression post is a concern of mine, mostly because I'm new to sailing. What are the dangers of sailing with it this way in- say 10ft waves?

sailingdog 08-22-2006 03:23 PM

The Compression post is supposed to transmit the load from the deck-stepped mast, to the keel. It sounds like the compression post has corroded and sunk. This is probably not very good for the boat. I commented on this in a different thread which the OP had posted questions about the compression post in...

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