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Columbia 29's.... Defender's and Mark II's..... 1963-1967 ,,,, Sparkman and Stephens design's...all the same hull mold...different topsides...Defender had a flush deck...all three likely have end-boom sheeting ...I know the MK II does...they are CCA designs I guess with the long booms and big mainsail...small foresail triangle...but fun to sail in my opinion...that big main and boom you can hang out alot of different ways to drive the boat well in shallow areas or narrow approach channels where you want to make headway but dont want to go too fast or have to fire up the "iron jenny"...allows one good forward visibility due to no need for a foresail and yet allows one, as I said, to make some decent headway with that big "flag' of a mainsail.
I really like my '66 Columbia Mk II so far after 8 months... and a trip from Sarasota to Cedar keys and back......she's refreshingly old-school to me after owning several 70's and 80's boats...simple, straightforward and that full keel makes her track like a freight train while a narrow 8 foot beam still keeps her fairly nimble and able to punch thru oncoming waves well... She weighs 8400 lbs...half that is lead ...hard to bury the rails as a result but makes her a bit slow at 6.36 kts though she's sea-kindly and her motion is better than many in a chop. She needs lots more work to get her looking like she should but she has alot of the stuff that counts when the going gets rough....and the price was right...
There's more than a few makes and models of similar 30-footer's that came out of Santa Monica,CA area in the mid 60's...it was a time and place when competing designer's were friends and had factories within a few miles of each other and raced against each other on the weekends...they are all somewhat similar and generally had good heavy fiberglass layup, strong chainplates and non-cored decks and hulls...very average cabinetry and tabbing but adequate enough keep them sound for much of their lives and retain a low 1960's " showroom" floor cost...but many of these boats are pretty tired now when it comes to aforementioned bulkhead tabbing, chainplates,etc...45 years or so simply takes a toll...They are fairly easy to upgrade or repair though .... due to their simple yet smart design...but there's usually just simply ALOT of repairwork at their age...unless you got enough bucks to find one thats always been babied...fair winds!
Last edited by souljour2000; 12-22-2011 at 12:03 AM.