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Re: Columbia 23T vs. Coronado 23-2 different displacements, mainsheeting
The Columbia 23T was a pretty strange boat that had an excessively wide keel with a very wide bottom and very shallow draft. The intent was that the cabin sole was in the keel sump in order to give the cabin a little more head room. They we're also supposed to be able to stand up on their keel bottom if they dried out when the tide went out. But they sailed really poorly.
If remember right, the Coronado 23-2 had it's keel redesigned to be slightly deeper and narroer and cut away a little more than the Columbia version. But the Columbias were slightly better built and so easily could have been a couple hundred pounds lighter.
I also think that the Coronado came standard with the Columbia's optional tall rig. The Columbia did not come with a traveler. There was a triangle 4:1 mainsheet with a block in each side of the tiller. I think that the Coronado had the mainsheet at the forward end of the cockpit.
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