Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Lower Chesapeake bay
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Re: Just Purchased a Columbia 8.3; Questions!
We had a 8.3 years back and absolutely loved the boat, my wife liked the Atomic 4 because it was so quiet and trouble free. I was not comfortable with having Gas on board at first but over the years I grew to like it. I understand they (Moyer) added a fuel pressure switch to the oil circuit I believe to add some more safety to the fuel stem. I changed the panels around the port lights when they were water damaged with some off white laminate and it really brightened up the interior. The 8.7 is the same boat basically just the bit longer and with a well needed quarter berth while losing one lazerette the other one should be adequate. My general impression was of a light boat that sailed like a heavy boat, which is not a bad thing. Once you adjust the sail size to conditions you are better than just carrying more sail than needed. Good down wind boat,the transom shape would bite right in on a following sea. Good off wind and OK up wind with flat water, any chop and it would put the brakes on every time you hit a wave of any size.
For the length it is one of the best boats out there for space, and I almost always anchored from the stern (kept an anchor and rode on the rail for convenience) the air flow was great better than any wind scoop out there with the double end design it would ride stern to as well as bow in good weather anyway.
I even added a wheel steering system just because I wanted to. If anybody sees the "SpecialK" out there let me know, although the name was probably changed. We are currently wringing out the New and improved "SpecialK v2.0"
a CS30 right now and FWIW it will sail circles around the first one, its amazing the ground I can cover with this boat. But we miss the Columbia maybe its not all about the speed who knows..