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First (broken) link is a Columbia 34.....
Sorry, but a better question is "why?"
A gaff rig on a 'plastic' boat like the Columbia 34 would be an anachronism, and simply wouldn't look 'right'. The rigging would be more complicated, and converting to a double headsail rig at the same time would be crazy expensive and could well end up with something that might well fail if the proper precautions are not taken..
Add to that issues of maintaining a decent center of effort, any kind of resale value, and it just doesn't make much sense as a project. If you like the gaff rigged look/character, buy the second boat or one like it.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)