My 65 29 foot Columbia designed by
Sparkman and Stephens, is a beautiful
boat, will right herself before any
modern wide beam will, and double
fiberglass vice single layer today,
she''s as strong as an ox. But that is
my model, there could be a lot of difference in a foot, and whether it was built in Portsmouth or California..for good info
go to columbia-yachts.com
The Columbias built before Whitaker Corporation took over were sturdy, well crafted vessels. Like the Columbia 29. I owned a Columbia 28 built by Whitaker and it was the most shoddily constructed boat I''ve ever owned.
Hull to deck leaked throughout notwithstanding anything done to stop the leaking. Rudder was so poorly balanced that the tiller broke when unable to control in a following sea.
Mine was built with chopper gun method. Parts of the lay up were as thin as 1/8 inch while on the opposite side the same area was 3 inches thick.
An acquaintance who owned one had it begin to sink under him. Coast Guard rescued him and in towing the vessel the hull cracked and sank.
Piece of junk. Wouldn''t think of taking such a vessel offshore.