SailNet Community

SailNet Community (
-   Columbia & Coronado (
-   -   looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer (

mjpublic 06-09-2012 06:17 AM

looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer

I just found a Columbia 36 1969 sailboat on craigslist. I already gone to the boat and talked with the owner, who is mechanic at marina its moored at.

Its priced at 5500 dollars. Overall it seems to be in good shape for its age, though it is what I call a fixer upper. Rigging is in good shape, along with sails. Nav lights need replacement but thats no big deal. The Diesel engine was just refurbished but needs fuel lines put in. The bottom of the Hull needs to be repainted. This seems to be the biggest thing that needs to be done, there is some paint left but I see fiberglass. If I buy this boat I plan to paint the bottom myself. I do have a lot of experience in painting boats, including painting hull of largest USA submarine. That said, if I buy the boat any recommendations on good paint to buy, I want to repaint it navy blue?

The insides seem to be in good shape, electrical works, though i probably would want to update some of the wiring to support a TV and fridge. Also start work on putting in solar/wind system.

Last, I forgot to ask the seller this question but does this have marine sanitation device or sewage holding tank. I believe it doesnt and I know many states require such. If this doesnt have one how hard is it to put one in?

Last I totally understand this is variable on sailors experience and overall condition, but how does this boat design handle in open ocean say sailing Across pacific to places like say Hawaii or Tahiti?



PS feel free to email me at

chuck53 06-09-2012 06:23 AM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer
If you plan on buying this boat, get a good surveyor to go over it top to bottom. He/she can answer a lot of your questions.

chuck53 06-09-2012 06:52 AM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer
A couple of things....
Don't do anything until the owner gets the engine running so it can be checked out.
Sanitation requirements aren't just some states, they are federal requirements and you can't discharge untreated waste, so you need either a holding tank or some kind of waste treatment system and even with that, there are "no discharge zones that don't even allow for treated waste, so a holding tank is your best bet.
Have you taken any boating courses? I'm guessing not. You need at the minimum, a boating safety class and preferably, a seamanship class.

mjpublic 06-09-2012 07:04 AM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer

Thanks for your reply though much of what you said I am already aware of. My questions was with in relationship to this model of boat. I had just seen the boat the other day and doing research on that type of boat.

Engine is non issue even if it doesnt work, it could easily be repaired by my friends who are Aux Machinists who are experts in diesels. Plus I can always use an outboard (it has mounting for such)

As far as boating courses, just side note, basic watches I stand include helmsman and also lookout.


chuck53 06-09-2012 07:19 AM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer
Just so you know, for many reasons, an outboard on a 36' sailboat is really out of the question. Don't even consider it.

mjpublic 06-09-2012 07:23 AM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer
I really am not worried about the engine for me as factor in getting boat its a non issue. Even if the sailboat had no engine in it, it wouldnt be a problem for me.

chuck53 06-09-2012 08:19 AM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer
That's fine about the engine.
A couple more things, I know you are asking about a Columbia, but you might want to go over the the "Boat purchase and review" forum. A LOT more people read that forum and you will get more response to your questions.
Regarding the classes I suggested, I can't answer for you since you don't list your location, but a lot of states require you take a boating safety class no matter how much experience you have.

mjpublic 06-09-2012 03:47 PM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer
I am not worried about all about boat safety class due to my work. Its non issue for me. I am here for specifics on this model. Not trivial stuff like boat safety class or engines which arent even an issue for me given were I work at.

chuck53 06-09-2012 08:32 PM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer
Like I said, got to the boat purchase and review forum if you want answers to your questions. less than a 100 people have read this thread and I'm the only one who has responded. 10 times more people will read it there and chances are good you will get a lot more responses.

souljour2000 06-09-2012 10:09 PM

Re: looking to buy a 1969 columbia 36 footer
Columbia 36 ...should be plenty to read at Columbia Yacht Owners will have to is a yahoo group...easy to join...then do search for "columbia 36". There will be alot of posts...takes a little time to read through them...

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
(c) LLC 2000-2012

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome