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06-14-2015 03:02 PM
Re: Columbia 26 MKII and K DIY

This thread is much too old for people too keep up with helpful info, but I will leave a request anyway hoping to get a response. I own a 1969 Columbia 26 MKII and enjoy the boat very much. I have a complication with the rudder having to much slop. I look at the "Blair's Website" and they show a blue print of the rudder stating that it has a bearing in it. The blue print doesn't show the bearing and what type that it is or what year of boat it may be used in. So I don't think the 26 MKII have this bearing. I think the bigger Columbia (36-50 ft'rs). I don't think that it is the rudder shaft that is the problem, but the rudder shaft housing needs to be reinforce. A couple of out of the water process that I have read, which consist of 1) Using epoxy and a Graphite Grease, keep moving the rudder shaft until the epoxy sets without freezing the shaft. 2) Malar insert, Does anyone know or have any information regarding these process. I would prefer the second process.

Thank you to all.
s/v Zydeco
Ted Gladden
05-23-2010 03:04 PM
1970 Col 26 MKII new owner

Hi all, this month I purchased a '70 model MKII with a motor well in cockpit. I live in Ludington, MI and will be sailing Lake Michigan.

Buddy B
03-24-2010 09:51 PM


I have a columbia 26 in Rio Vista, California. The problem is that i live and work in Portland, Oregon. I would like to borrow, or rent a trailer from someone in the area (either Ca or OR) to tow my boat up. I just graduated college this week and the goal is to bring the boat up to portland and live aboard while upgrading her.

I have grown up sailing my whole life. For the past 3 years i have been the captain of the Portland State Sailing Team.

I've also been a U.S. Sailing Instructor for the past 2 summers. Reading books be people like Bernard Moitessier, Robert Knox Johnson, and Ernest Shakelton has inspired me to live my life around sailboats.

If you can or know anyone who can help, please don't hesitate to message me

-Tom Miron
03-10-2010 06:47 PM

I have had my 26 mkII for 4 years now and have done a few upgrades the largest of which is replacing the curved acrylic windows with flat automotive laminate glass. New lazarette locker covers, new 3 piece drop boards, re-rigging for single handed sailing, all lines to cockpit and other minor upgrades as well. Next is cabinets for interior, charcoal heater, rewiring from stem to stern, solar wind and hydro charging for new battery banks, jacklines, all rope halyards and paint interior and exterior.

William White
S/V Aline
08-14-2009 11:36 AM
davidilewis This note is for all owners and lovers of older boats.

Let's stay in touch and share our insights about older boats. I especially like the Columbia 26 MKII. Mine was built in 1969, and I took ownership in 1987 and have been sailing her ever I am in the process of re-habbing it. Special areas of interest: The Rudder and rudder shaft must be replaced, I must build a new forward hatch, and I plan to replace some of the zinc plated nuts on the keel bolts. If anyone else has similar challenges, let's exchange ideas.
08-07-2009 12:21 AM
dvideohd I can say a lot of good about a 28 MK II as well...

I am always amazed at how well it has stood up over time... . I like 60's vintage cars and my 28... It's like a "big secret club"....

07-29-2009 07:57 PM
xsboats I have an older MKll. I am currently building a rudder and new hatches for her , as they were lost by the previous owner before she was abandoned on the beach here in Florida. I prefer the look of the newer ones with two portlights on each side of the cabin trunk, but the price was right.[not only free , the owner of the property she was on paid the trucking just to get her off his land]
07-29-2009 07:45 PM
davidilewis Plum Crazy
Good luck! Let's stay in touch
07-29-2009 07:42 PM
davidilewis To Plum Crazy:
You might want to google Blair columbia 26mkII
and Columbia Owner's page, and Columbia 26 mkII specs
07-29-2009 07:36 PM
Originally Posted by Plumcrazy View Post
Heads up! If you own or have owned one of these vessels, here's a place to share tips. I want to start with a few questions. Does anyone know where to get parts specific to this boat? I want to install an OEM type holding tank for the head. I also want to figure out a way to install an indoor shower that drains to the bilge (may require an additional pump) Anyone at Sailnet in the know about this stuff? I need to replace the compression post too- what are the dimensions of the post and what is the most suitable wood with which to build it?

I, too own a columbia 26 mkII and plan to do some refurbishing of this boat.

I'm wondering why you are contemplating replacing the compression post.I hope that it is for cosmetic reasons Any major trauma to a boat of this type calls for the following considerations:

I have decided that as I come to a determination of the costs involved, I will very soon reach a cut- off point. If costs exceed $1000, I will not bother with the upgrade/refurbishing projects. Why?

Because I believe that this is one of the most under-rated boats on the used boat market.
I constantly see really nice Columbias for sale for under $3,000 The most recent one that I saw on line was like brand new in appearance, and was obviously well cared for. It was $2995

This boat is exceptionally roomy for a 26 footer, and, in the hands of a serious racer, can easily become the dread of the wednesday night beer-can
crowd. It's high freeboard give it a real salty look, and you will stay really dry nearly all the time.

True story: At our club, my boat was at a mooring. I once forgot to secure my forward hatch. That night in late October, we had a New England blow, with wind gusts upwards of 45 knots.The old hatch broke right off. It was toast. Next morning,fully prepared for, and dreading the task of removing soggy sea-soaked bedding from the vee-births, I was pleasantly surprised to find the bedding dry as a bone.

I sail mine with the outboard motor in the well. The reason for this is because it makes my boat look more elegant - like an inboard, and, because these boats sometimes tend to hobby-horse, the prop never comes out of the water. It is easier to work on the motor. I believe this is worth the 1knot sacrificed in speed. Should I decide to race, which I rarely do, I simply take the motor out of the well and have the launch attendant bring it ashore.
An older 8 hp nissan is very light, and is more than adequate for such a light boat Forgive me for ramblin' on and on. I love columbias
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