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Re: Anyone taken a Columbia 28 offshore?
I have a 1975 Columbia/Coronado 28 in Gulfport, FL. It sails great, short-tacks into tight channels, sails off the anchor upwind, and handles the 3' gulf chop comfortably in 15 knots. I race in cruising class with spinnaker and do well with the base 225 PHRF, even though its fitted out for extended cruising. I keep thinking about getting a bigger boat to cruise the Caribbean, but the 28 is comfortable, ergonomic inside ( for me, 5'6") and the rig is easy to handle.. ie light sails, smal anchor, light chain. (relative to a 38' heavy). My only concerns are the big 3 : keel bolts, standing rigging, and rudder post (which towboat bent, but that's a rant for another day). The maintenance expenses are less than bigger boats too. Where's my windvane autopilot!