Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Francisco bay
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who knows a columbia 29?
I recently saw a columbia 29 (1967) for sale. It looked nice and clean overall, deck seemed pretty solid and I liked her lines (I don't like beamy boats so much and a long keel seems to be a smarter choice for such an old boat and for the SF bay area(shallow and possibly heavy outside the gate). However there are a few issues that bugged me and so I would like to get some advice.
Main issue is that the chainplates for the shrouds are glassed over and embedded in the hull. So it is virtually impossible to get to them without removing the fiberglass. How confident can I be about their state of health?
Additionally, the boat does not have a boom vang. Is it a hard job for a yard to add the fixture?
Finally, I checked the internet and got a few info on the boat but not that many opinion and no actual review. Can someone who approached them can give me a balanced view on their construction? I understand that the quality of the boats from Columbia varied quite a bit during the years, what about this one? Could it be modified with little cost to perform passages (not planning to do that for a while but the idea is out there...).
I would really appreciate some feedback from experienced folks
Thank you in advance,