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05-21-2015 07:10 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Colvin Gazelle

One of the most critical things you do on a steel boat is epoxy the inside heavily. So the first step in buying one is to make sure it is adequately epoxied inside, under the spray foam. Spray foam alone is not adequate protection for the inside of a steel boat. Nor is primer.Paint screwups on the outside can be rectified,Not so easy inside.
A whack with a hammer and centre punch at low spots, can find any serious internal corrosion on a hull.
05-19-2015 04:45 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Colvin Gazelle

I have converted the flush deck between the main cabin and aft cabin , on a couple of Gazzelles, to pilothouses. Changed the interior from a collection of closets, to a huge interior, a huge improvement. The owners were extremely happy with the results.
Best use aluminium for the wheelhouse top, to avoid stability problems.
05-18-2015 10:17 PM
Re: Colvin Gazelle

We just got a Gazelle ketch. Does anyone have all 4 sails roller-furled?
12-01-2009 09:44 AM
WanderingStar Interesting reports, but this thread is years old. I looked at a Colvin Pinkie before buying my ketch. I loved her looks, but needed more interior room, and wanted better performance. I got it.
11-30-2009 08:05 PM
Tenderness and pointing

I sailed the Colvin Gazelle "Migrant" from Bellingham, Wa. to Phuket, Thailand. It has average tenderness for the first fifteen or so degrees of heel. However at that point she gets on her chine and stiffens considerable.
She does not go to weather in big seas and a blow. In 35 knot reinforced trades she tacked through 170 degrees and made leeway. On a beam reach, once I gave up trying to beat into the trades, she flew along at 8-10 kts. Going down the Oregon coast in 35 kts my son got her surfing at 11 kts. Dick Johnson, the original owner reeled off 200 mile days. She is not a slow boat.
02-28-2009 09:09 PM
Sailingdiver Colvin's are workhorses. Tough, can carry alot, but not going to point high, ever.
08-02-2003 07:12 AM
Colvin Gazelle

I am Gazelle owner and can answer your questions. I can be reached at 561 866 2974.
Best Regards,
Albert Hackett
07-30-2003 09:56 AM
Colvin Gazelle

In a strong breeze, with a heavy steel (cruising) boat, you probably wouldn’t want to point high, would you?

These boats are designed for cruising at slow speed off the wind and downwind while occasionally bouncing off of stuff along the way.
07-29-2003 03:12 PM
Colvin Gazelle

Thanks, Jeff. I''ve seen the Surrender on the hard and I did like her aft cabin and open aft deck, though she does seem cramped for her size.

I just assumed that her narrow beam would make her a little faster than other 42s and her high ballast/displ ratio and hard chine would help make up for her narrow beam.

And, although Gazelles have the reputation for being quite seawothy, I really didn''t want to investigate the fabled sailhandling superiority of the junk lug sail over the standard marconi sloop rig.

Thanks for your comments.

07-25-2003 03:53 PM
Colvin Gazelle

I have not sailed on one but I have observed them under way. The do not appear to be especially tender but they don''t point very well. It seems to me that I have seen both gaff and junk rigged versions. The junk rig version in particular sticks in my mind as pointing particularly badly and making huge gobs of leeway.

They have always struck me as a good boat for a slow reach up into the Arctic Circle to get iced in for the winter, but with minimal ventilation, a low weather deck ht, a high center of gravity, and comparatively small accomodations for their size and weight, not much use besides that.

The most recent Colvin Gazelle that I observed underway I beleive was called something like Surrender and I think that she is still for sale in Annapolis, Maryland.

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