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Anyone have experience with the Morgan-designed Columbia 40?

Anyone have experience with the Morgan-designed Columbia 40?

It was "free".....Owner was 1200 miles away with the boat on a mooring field for 2 years and he made only infrequent visits... storm hit last week and ripped out the windlass..

I plan to fix the bow deck area where the windlass tore out and left a gaping hole.... deck is rotted but only soft in a few spots..,due to thickness of the glass in those days...gonna have to be recored more or less though. Windlass stayed aboard..but starboard bronze fairlead gone... Just have the hole covered for now....will have to do a real fix asap. I think I can find some teak or other suitable wood that can be beveled into crossmembers that slide into the vee of hull and then tab in a piece of glassed ply about where the core used to be ...giving me a temporary good seal and still leaving me a way to still get some crown into the bow deck and arch in the veeberth ceiling. Balsa-cored decks with some plywood below and a liner of thin glass.
..four and a half foot draft...nine with the board down...has hydraulic-assist board lift. 18,200 lb. disp., racer-cruiser that Charlie Morgan came up with...steel skeleton for mast loads amidships...probably rusty dust by now..but...well see.Standing rigging looks prettty darn good..
Not much water in the bilge... seems dry inside..but it's still dry season here so I'll find the leaks in a few weeks I guess...at least the holding tanks aren't ripe...1988-installed Universal diesel M x25 (kubota) hopefully just needs a fuel pump and injectors according to owner... Not sure what kind of hull-deck joint...re-doing the decks right may be next to impossible depending on the joint I suppose...My '66 S&S 29 had a good hull-deck joint though but I dunno what C Morgan did in those days...someone does...(PAR)....stem plate (wraps around down a bit) is likely gonna have to be removed..toe-rail will have to be removed...its a keel stepped alum mast that seems true and probably not original.. I'm knee-deep in it now..so if you know ANYTHING about this boat that can help...actual direct knowledge, anecdotes, rumors,etc. ...

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Re: Anyone have experience with the Morgan-designed Columbia 40?

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Anyone have experience with the Morgan-designed Columbia 40?

It was "free".....Owner was 1200 miles away with the boat on a mooring field for 2 years and he made only infrequent visits... storm hit last week and ripped out the windlass..

I plan to fix the bow deck area where the windlass tore out and left a gaping hole.... deck is rotted but only soft in a few spots..,due to thickness of the glass in those days...gonna have to be recored more or less though. Windlass stayed aboard..but starboard bronze fairlead gone... Just have the hole covered for now....will have to do a real fix asap. I think I can find some teak or other suitable wood that can be beveled into crossmembers that slide into the vee of hull and then tab in a piece of glassed ply about where the core used to be ...giving me a temporary good seal and still leaving me a way to still get some crown into the bow deck and arch in the veeberth ceiling. Balsa-cored decks with some plywood below and a liner of thin glass.
..four and a half foot draft...nine with the board down...has hydraulic-assist board lift. 18,200 lb. disp., racer-cruiser that Charlie Morgan came up with...steel skeleton for mast loads amidships...probably rusty dust by now..but...well see.Standing rigging looks prettty darn good..
Not much water in the bilge... seems dry inside..but it's still dry season here so I'll find the leaks in a few weeks I guess...at least the holding tanks aren't ripe...1988-installed Universal diesel M x25 (kubota) hopefully just needs a fuel pump and injectors according to owner... Not sure what kind of hull-deck joint...re-doing the decks right may be next to impossible depending on the joint I suppose...My '66 S&S 29 had a good hull-deck joint though but I dunno what C Morgan did in those days...someone does...(PAR)....stem plate (wraps around down a bit) is likely gonna have to be removed..toe-rail will have to be removed...its a keel stepped alum mast that seems true and probably not original.. I'm knee-deep in it now..so if you know ANYTHING about this boat that can help...actual direct knowledge, anecdotes, rumors,etc. ...
Check out Columbia yacht owners - one of them had a lot of info on restoring one called Pelago.
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Re: Anyone have experience with the Morgan-designed Columbia 40?

Thanks Sloop..yes I have checked out "Pelago" on that site...that site is where I found her (c-40) actually since I owned a C-29 before... (until a few days ago)...There are a few around...
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