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I would like any information regarding the sailing characteristics and general comments on a 1981 hughes columbia 39ft centre cockpit. Not many were built and no info seems available. If someone has any to share i will appreciate it.
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Here's some info and links from the columbia yacht owners site:

Justin Thompson states that the Columbia 11.8 is model 391 (originally model 381). Base Price first five hulls $77,440 3/79
C-11.8 literature available.
Jim Mickel came up with the following information from Mauch's guide, Vol III:
The COLUMBIA 11.8 is sloop rigged, deep draft, full keel or shoal draft full keel with centerboard, and skeg rudder. She has full-length teak handrails, eight opening ports, and four fixed molded ports. Her interior has teak bulkheads and teak & holly sole. She berths seven in a v-berth, convertible dinette and settee, and queen size berth aft. Mirrored lockers, fixed double drop leaf table, enclosed head, nav station and galley. Bridge clearance is 53'

LOA 39' 0"
LWL 30' 0"
Beam 12' 4"
Draft (deep) 5'10"
Draft (cb up/down) 4' 6" / 9' 6"
Disp. 23,500 lbs.
Ballast 10,700 lbs.
SA 705 sq. ft.
Fuel 70 gallons
Water 150 gallons
Production: 1979 C-11.8 diagram.
One other little mystery. In his article, "Designing a Supercruiser" in Cruising World, March 1976, by Danny T. Greene writes "They are now working on a 40' test boat...". Could this be the prototype for the 11.8?
Along these lines, Paul Esterle had talked to Ron Dahl (of Dahlfin II) about an 11+ meter boat. He had actually seen the boat. It was the only one built as far as he knew. It had some structural problems with inadequate support for the keel. Had to sister a whole lot more floors to firm it up and stop the leaks.
Same boat as the one Greene refers to?
Another owner writes:
I have one of the original 11.8s, built in 79, and owned by one of the Columbia dealers until I bought it in 1989. It is currently berthed in Marina Palmira, La Paz, BCS, undergoing a complete bottom job and refit before bringing it back to Coronado Cays.
This is a great boat for its size, beefy, sturdy and can go to weather. I took on a serious storm enroute to Baja in the 90s that did a knockdown to a Hardin Ketch and some other large boats. The Columbia stood to weather and we were able to get it into the lee of an island and ride it out for three days. The high center cockpit is a dream with a good dodger, and my original 155 jib gave her some speed. Large fuel and water capacity, sleeps nicely, and feels good riding. I still have the Perkins 4-108, which is as reliable as you can get.
The 11.8 had heavy duty rigging, Lewmar 44s, and equipment like that. Fuel capacity is 125 with my rig and I carry 220 in water. It has an autopilot, the factory 16 mile radar still works like a charm, SSB, GPS moving map, old Loran, and a 4 burner stove. One short-change is the small propane cans, but that is a minor.
I have done some reconfiguration on the batteries, put on two solar panels, and added an engine-mounted modern alternator. After cabin with Q-size bed is great, plenty of locker space.
David Brennan/Louisa Porter

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Thank you very much for the information. I now know much more than i did this morning !!
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Thumbs up Columbia 11.8 info

I have hull #1 of the Columbia 11.8 series, as built by Columbia. I can only assume the Hughes versions are pretty much the same.

The boat came standard with either 150 gallons of water tankage and 140 gallons of fuel tankage, or 220 gallons of water and 70 gallons of fuel - the buyer's choice. It has a shoal keel that draws 4.5 feet board up, 9 feet with the board down. Mine is a cutter rig. The engine is a Perkins 4-108, and is very reliable, even though I have my doubts about the metal water lines.

Mine came standard with an Onan 7.5 KW generator in a sound enclosure, and it's still running fine. It's quiet, starts easily, and burns less than half the fuel the engine does.

Before you commit to buying one of these, have a couple keel bolts pulled and inspected. I did that with mine, and it turned out they ALL had to be replaced. That involved dropping the keel, and a lot more. Luckily, that was the PO's responsibility.

The boat is under canvassed by almost anyone's standard, yet I find it moves easily in light air as long as you're not impatient to get to top speed, which is approximately half of true wind speed in any air up to 15 kts. It'll accelerate slowly, but steadily. In moderate or heavier air she is stable, solid, forgiving, and doesn't get left behind. You'll know you're sailing a heavy displacement boat, and if you're a cruiser you'll be quite pleased with that. I weathered an afternoon of 40+ kts of wind using just the staysail, and she never heeled beyond 5 degrees.

Rig it right and you may find, like I did, that it's easier to handle than a smaller boat. And good luck.
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