34 Columbia Cutter, seems roomy enough, price is right but as a liveaboard does anyone have any experience with them?
Thoughts, pros cons?
I am not asking about our relationship here I am asking about the boat, this boat in particular, specifics. Ya know the good, bad and the ugly about the BOAT and any experience others may have with them as a liveaboard.
respectfully, your not getting it, I know this boat is big enough, actually we have been living on one much smaller for 5 yrs. So thats not the issue, the issue is what have other who HAVE owned one and HAVE lived on this particular make/model boat HAVE experienced, and what would they change about the boat, hence the specifics... get it now?Maybe I wasn't clear..
If you love eachother the boat is big enough for your situation. If you 2 can't live on this boat you better buy a house boat. I know this boat well. I nearly bought one, and a fellow sailor had one. Sorry maybe my humor isn't for you?:laugher :laugher ......i2f
Its a bubble top, ugly as sin!Hey groupa, welcome to sailnet.
IIRC, there were two versions of the C34, one sometimes refered to as the 'bubble top' and the other with a much longer coach roof and they had different interiors. Which one are you looking at so if there is a member with that particular model, they'll be able to help?
You make think it's ugly, but the couple that lived aboard Laughing Lady could sit out on the foredeck in deck chairs in the evening and drink a cold one. Try that in the better looking version of the Columbia - or most other boats in that size range.Its a bubble top, ugly as sin!
Thats exactly what I wanted to know. Thank You!Just for my two cents, I've been living aboard a Columbia 34 for about 2 months now.
The high clearance for headroom inside the boat is quite nice. Especially since I am 6'2". There is a clear lack of storage on this boat, and I am just one person living aboard. I have occupied the quarter birth with boxes for storage, as well as every locker. For two to liveaboard, I would recomend modifying the settee for additional storage. Remove the back cushions, cut out the fiberglass behind them, then create some doors out of that glass, and use the empty space there for additional storage. I will be doing this project, and it was recommended by another person using a 34 as a liveaboard.
Also, I don't know if youve got canvas over your cockpit or not, but IMO its a necessity. Having that additional area to occupy that is protected from sun/wind/rain, is very nice.
Another downside I found, is that the storage for the wastewater from the head is quite small. I try to avoid using it as much as I can. You could probably increase the tank size under the V-berth.
I know lighting was an issue for some on the original electrical system for cabin lights. They seemed scant. Luckily, my boat was redone and now has a ton of cabin lights. I would recommend adding some.
Also, a really annoying thing I found is that the plugin for shore power is on the transom, so if you end up docking with the nose in, you have to have a very long shore power cable. If it's not long enough, you either dont reach, our you also have to run the cable down through the cockpit area, and then the cable runs over lazerettes and is just awkward for accessing the cockpit area in general.
I set my boat up with a mini-fridge on the port side behind the icebox, and a microwave on the sliding chart table. Though this ends up being a pain when sailing and need access to charts. There doesnt really seem to be an adequate place to put the microwave.
Also, the freeboard is cumbersome for some people on the boat. I happen to like it and dont find it an issue, but some "larger" people that have sailed with me find it a small problem. Ive found it's easiest to shove off from the dock while onboard using a boat hook, than walking next to the boat on the dock and jumping on.
Also, be sure to check your lifeline stanchions (sp?). I had one that leaked. From other 34 owners Ive talked to, it was kind of common. Was really easy to fix.
As far as the upsides go, Ive never slept better, it's a high and dry sail, and seems quite forgiving. The deck is very roomy, and overall it's been a great boat to live on.