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Columbia 9.6
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2 4079 Tue March 20, 2007
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100% of reviewers $26,500.00 8.5

Description: Columbia 9.6
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Review Date: Thu March 16, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $26,500.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Typically overbuilt hull, quite thick, only 4 easily accessible thruhulls. It's a stiff boat, w/ a ballast to displacement ratio over forty percent. Overall, it's built for offshore and compromises a bit on the cruising side.
Cons: Pay attention to the portlets and windows - they often leak, leading to having to do something about the rotted deck cores near the chainplates. Also, it's not particularly fast, with PHRF ratings in the 200 range.

I paid top dollar for a boat that wasn't quite top drawer. I've spent a couple thousand getting its Yanmar up to snuff, replaced broken engine cables, repaired the head, painted the bottom, and tweaked or adjusted or repaired many small things. Overall, however, as I look around at potential passage-making boats that I could reasonably single-hand, this boat is hard to beat. It points well, and I can handle the sail plan alone, and have in 50 knots of wind, and I'm 62. I might not be able to say that about a larger boat. Its inherent stiffness allows it to handle those stray puffs that surprise us all from time to time. For a boat of its age, this boat is uncommonly forgiving.

I'm not sure what Alan Payne, the designer, had in mind when he designed this boat to the IOR. I suspect he meant for it to race faster than its handicap, which is not the same thing as making a fast boat. That said, it's not a light air boat. Give it ten knots or better of wind if you want to see how well it performs.

Registered: April 2006
Location: Fair Haven, NY
Posts: 21
Review Date: Tue March 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid Construction, excellent stability, sails well in poor conditions
Cons: light wind performance

My wife found this boat at an exceptional value. We've had to do little work to the 28 year-old boat, which has allowed us to plan out maintenance tasks (Barrier coat, bottom paint, new Halyards run to the cockpit, etc.) Always safety first! The boat is heavy and slow in light winds. However, when the winds freshen, I wouldn't trade all that ballast. There's a little more weather helm than I care for, but it's certainly manageable. The mast step is slotted, so I'm moving it slightly this year to help. The boat has superior tracking to anything I've sailed in this 30-35' cruiser/racer class. This is due to the modified fin keel. We've had four adults and a child for 4-5 day cruises and the boat is very comfortable and quite cozy... not cramped.
Check the deck core around the stanchions aft of beam... that's the only weakness I've found.


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