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OK all you Columbia experts, here is one for you. The early Mk I Columbia 29s had ballast of around 3120 lbs. and then they switched in the "late" Mk I and Mk II to 4100. My question is how can you tell whether the 29 you are looking at is the heavy or light version? By year? Hull number? Interior layout? As far as I can tell they added 1000 lbs of lead around 1966, maybe 65. I also wonder if S and S signed off on this or if Glas Laminates just did it to stiffen them up. I used to have a 24 and I am looking into a 29 and I'd prefer to find the light model. Thanks all!
 

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From what I've been led to believe, the MkII is with the heavier ballast. The easiest quickest way to tell the difference between the two models is to look at the cabin top. If it has two port lights towards the aft end in the main salon, and the coach roof break is at sharp angels then it is the MkI. If it has one longer continuous window and a rounded angels at the coach roof then its a MkII.
 

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Thanks for the reply! I have found some references to Mk1 having the heavier ballast and the change appears to have happened in 1966 maybe (according to magazine ads.) I am guessing they found the original design too tender but I haven't found any exact references as to when the change was made and why.
 

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Well, I found a 1963 Columbia 29, hull #37, practically in my own backyard! It is in good shape so I bought it. And it includes the original line drawings and sail plan, along with a personal letter to the original owner from Olin Stephens! I really scored! Well, at least I think so. At this point I feel like I have come to learn quite a bit about the 1962 to 1965 (MK 1) and 1965 to 1967 (MK 2)C29s. My hull #37 was built and bought in summer, 1963. It is the lighter version (3120# lead.) Mine did not come with the inboard option so it does not have the cut-out in the keel for the prop. If you would like info on the C29 I'd be happy to pass along what I have. The boat has an interesting history.
 
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