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Columbia 29' Defender

Manufactured by:

Columbia Sailing Yachts

Division of Glass Marine Industries, Inc.

849 West 18th Street, Costa Mesa, California - 714 646-0221

Wesley & Jackson Sts., Portsmouth, Virginia

The following specifications and photo came from Mike Keers. I should note that the forward
deadlight in the picture is actually a pair of small deadlights covered by a single piece of lexan.
The original deadlights are shaped like what you see in the picture, but a little shorter in height
and, obviously, a little shorter in length.

Mike and I have had a long discussion about the original Columbia 29, the C-29 Mk II, and the
C-29 Defender. Sparkman & Stephens designed the Columbia 29 in 1962. The model was so
well received that the company, Glas Laminates, decided to sell all their boats under the
Columbia name, thus Columbia Sailing Yachts was born.

All the specifications we have seen - LOA, LWL, beam, draft, displacement, ballast, and sail
area - are identical for all three of these models. Floor plans vary by year and model, but it is
pretty certain that the Mk II is a cosmetically modernized version of the original S&S design, and
that all three share the same hull and sail plan.

Length Overall 28' 6"
Length Waterline 22' 6"
Beam 8' 0"
Draft 4' 0"
Displacement 8400 lbs.
Ballast (lead) 4120 lbs.
Sail Area 381 sq. ft.
Head Room

The Defender is a raised deck
boat. The deck extends to the
full width of the hull, so there is
no deck next to the cabin.
When going forward you are
walking on the cabin top. You
are initially higher than when
walking on a traditional deck.
Once at the mast, however,
you are at the same height as
you would be when standing on a traditional cabin top - and you have a flat surface to stand on.
The biggist drawback is that it is a long way down to the dock. Plan on boarding amidships at
low tide only.

This design reduces windage somewhat over
more traditional full cabin trunk designs. I
haven't come across specs for standing
headroom, but raised decks tend to give up a
little. In return, they give a straight exterior
wall from the bench top to the saloon roof, so
you can lean back against it when sitting on a
bench. If the boat has a setee with facing
benches, the outboard persons have more
head and sholder room. The diagram shows
how a traditional design's side decks intrude
into the cabin.

Engineering drawings and literature available for the Defender 29
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