Columbia Owners

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Comment by Pepi Stahlmann on August 16, 2010 at 8:27am
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.
So i got the Yanmar going - no big deal. it's still leaking a little bit of oil, but that's manageable.
i find the holding tank is stinking to heavens - i guess i'll replace all hoses to put an end to that.
Comment by Gary B on August 10, 2010 at 9:03am
Sigh... I still have the Columbia 33. My bigger boat is coming along nicely. I've done some work on the C33 but it's getting time to pay for another six months' storage...

The Perkins diesel is still sitting on the cabin sole, completely rebuilt and ready to go. The boatyard guy thinks I should sell the engine, pull off all the interesting parts, and get to work with a chainsaw. But I still think there's a home out there for this boat - even if someone just wants the engine, and is willing to take the boat and deal with it in ways I don't want to know about! :)
Comment by Larry Wilson on August 9, 2010 at 11:21pm
I just closed the deal on a 1979 Columbia 8.3. Needs a major interior refit. I'll try to get a blog started detailing plans, work in progress and photos.
Comment by Larry Wilson on July 10, 2010 at 11:56pm
I also have a C 8.7, and have been messing around on her for about 7 years. Let me know if you have any questions. I'll try to get answers. A good source of info is the Yahoo Group ColumbiaSailingYachts.
Larry Wilson
Comment by Cut on July 9, 2010 at 4:15pm
Congratulations Pepi! That 8.7 Supercruiser is an awesome and roomy sled! Great space, bulletproof in every way. I've always loved that wineglass transom! Best of luck with a great boat! Enjoy! Cut
Comment by Matthew L Sullivan on July 9, 2010 at 2:13pm
Pepi, Congrats. I had bought a 1976 MKII while in Iraq a few years ago, and between working on it and moving it from one end of the bay to the other have just gotten it in the water last week. Tomorrow is the first day I can actually see it in the water and its calling for thunderstorms LOL...
Comment by Pepi Stahlmann on July 9, 2010 at 1:24pm
Hi all ... i just bought a Columbia 8.7 / 1979; in decent shape overall, but needs some TLC. Currently, i'm fixing the Yanmar 2QM15 and i hope to have her sailing in a couple of weeks
Comment by Gary B on September 29, 2009 at 3:56pm
Samuel, the problem with my rudder is not actually the rudder. Mine is a barn door. There are two problems:

1) The wooden block inside the hull (through which the rudder shaft goes) and the glass tying it into the hull had beem badly built or repaired. The wood block had become waterlogged and the fiberglass had pulled away from the hull. I've now got it ready to re-glass into place.

2) The other problem is less severe - at the bottom of the rudder are two bronze fixtures - a hinge/socket at the very bottom, which is bolted through the back of the keel, and an additional bronze hinge/strap about a foot above the bottom. This strap was badly repaired in the past and is now paper thin, so I will have to have a new one fabricated. (It's not really a strap but was repaired by bending a strap around it.)

The rudder itself seems to be in fine condition.
Comment by Samuel A. Cruz on September 29, 2009 at 2:17pm
I read about your repair of the rudder on your boat. I have a spade rudder on my Colombia 36. The rudder was replaced by using plywood and nailing them together and laminating them with glass. The original rudder was made with a foam and glass but after the previous owner ran aground and bent the shaft. It was useless to try and straighten the shaft so I took this alternative. The result is that the rudder becomes water logged. How are you going to repair yours.


Comment by Gary B on September 29, 2009 at 8:36am
I've still got the boat. So right now I'm a dual boat owner! Dangerous words: "my other boat". Since most of the major repairs at this point are simply labor + the cost of epoxy, I have it in mind to go ahead with those, and try to get the boat to the point of being sailable again, probably next spring. I'm spending most of my $$ and labor right now working on the new boat. I am using the Columbia as a convenient camping tent on the weekends, when I'm working on the other boat! :)

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