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We are the second owners of our Columbia 45 and the original owner ( and his son) kept every manual, receipt and spec sheet for just about everything aboard. The original Columbia owners manual has the schematics for the plumbing, electrical, Deck Hardware, Prop sizing, and rigging. The original stove/oven manual was helpful for replacement dimensions. The BalMar autopliot manual is invaluable since the firm is no longer around, The instruments are obsolete but functioning so, with Navionics on the IPad and IPhone near shore navigation is practical and less expensive than a full suite of display and sensors that will be obsolete next year regardless.
I completely rewired and repowered our former Columbia 36 ( previous Sailnet User Name Old Columbia) as well as replaced the ports and hatches so the expense and time involved is no longer appealing. My philosophy is, "if it ain't broke, wait til it is." unless it's a life/safety component.
Even with the manuals, the parts and availability of 1972 suppliers is questionable. Better off with salvage/consignment shops for second hand newer technology. The 12V system and 110AC are not rocket science because of their simplicity and size and a Perkins diesel can be rebuilt by shade tree mechanics.
 
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