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Old 05-09-2014, 09:35   #1
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Columbia 43 (1970) - meticulously maintained, one owner 25+ years - $48,500

Located now in Titusville, FL she's been "home" since 1986. My one-daughter crew was born here, raised here, and is now off to college...and we have downsized to a smaller boat, so it's time perhaps for another family to enjoy her. "Serendipity" is a William Tripp Jr. designed cruising classic (fixed keel/skeg-mounted rudder model), upgraded over the years for family sailing and live aboard comfort.

Her rugged hull was built for speed and blue water, while her expansive flush deck and huge T-shaped cockpit facilitate sail handling and give everyone space at sea. Of course, they are equally fantastic for sun bathing on light air days, and entertaining lots of friends and family in port.

She has an entirely customized interior that is unlike any other Columbia 43. In addition to her 6'3" headroom, queen-size V-berth and extra long upper/lower bunks in the main cabin (which is totally separated from the galley by a dutch door), we've added a lot of family friendly live aboard features.

There's a drop-down table for dining and/or schoolwork in the main salon (in the 'up' position it secures book shelves while at sea, opens up a big play area, and reveals a white board and black board underneath). The original nav station (which was just aft the V-berth on this boat) we converted first to a built-in crib, then toy-box, and can now be used for additional linen/clothing etc. storage (we also added lots of closed shelved lockers in the V-berth for the same purpose).

We ditched the huge u-shaped seating area in the galley and built all the extra storage and work surfaces needed for live aboard cruising, and added a nav/computer workstation area just inside the companionway, easily accessible (by stairs, no ladders) to the cockpit. The galley is a comfortable size to cook in, with an 8 cu ft capacity refrig/freezer, 3-burner propane stove w/oven, microwave, double s/s sinks and lots of countertop space.

There's one head, but it has an electric flush Jabsco. All cabins are bright and airy thanks to large overhead hatches and the addition of deck prisms, parquet wood cabin sole throughout, and new custom interior and cockpit cushions (oh yes, the cavernous lazarettes in the cockpit convert to a queen-size berth for sleeping under the stars).

All the really important specs and photos follow, or you can visit our own website for even more info at Home

LOA 43.75'
LWL 32.67'
Beam 12.33'
Draft 7.00'
Rig Type: masthead sloop w/removable inner forestay, adjustable backstay Overall Mast Length (keel-stepped) 59.75'
Sail Area (total) 852 sq ft
Displacement 22,200 lbs
Tankage: 60 gal. fuel, two 60 gal. fresh water, 15 gal. holding

Engine:
Yanmar JH2-T 63 hp turbo diesel (1998) - 2400 hrs, Walter V-drive
Racor 500 fuel filter/water separator, 80 amp alternator, instrumentation (oil pressure, water temperature, fuel, RPM and engine hour gauges, ampmeter),
custom-built aluminum fuel tank (2000).

Navigation/Weather/Communications/Electronic Instrumentation:
Icom M57 VHF marine transceiver, Icom M802 MF/HF marine transceiver with AT-140 HF automatic antenna tuner, Garmin GPS 152 trackplotter, Autohelm ST30 wind/depth/speed instruments, Cetrek 727 autopilot, Raytheon R10/11XX radar, Weems & Plath barometer and clock,
Ritchie lighted compass at helm station, Pioneer MP3/WMA Radio/CD player with speakers in cockpit, galley and main salon (some electronics equipment requires servicing).

Sails and Rigging:
Main (full batten, triple reef w/lazy jacks and jiffy reefing), 100% genoa (Pro-Furl roller furling), staysail (hank-on), drifter, storm tri-sail (all in very good to new/unused condition, recently serviced and dry-stored). Deck-mounted boom vang and mainsheet traveler. Aluminum spars, including spinnaker and whisker poles. Mast has "sissy bars," double sail tracks and steps to masthead. Hardware features large bronze/stainless Barlow winches (primary sheeting (2) and auxiliary sheeting (2); mainsheet self-tailing; main halyard self-tailing; jib halyard; staysail; spinnaker) and Barient winches for downhaul and reefing, along with Schaefer double s/s footblocks (2), and s/s genoa track sheet lead blocks (4).

Ground Tackle:
44 lb. stainless plow, two 43 lb. Danforths, 35 lb. CQR, over 100 ft. each 3/8" chain and rode, Lewmar Concept Ocean windlass, custom bowsprit w/double roller anchor chocks.

Heating/Cooling/Power Systems:
Haier electronic control A/C (hatch-mounted) w/custom cover, Cafrano fans, Seaward 10 gal. water heater, Ample 3-Step+ regulator, Heart inverter/ battery charger, Siemens 99 watt (5 amp) solar panels (4) with Blue Sky Energy charge controller, 8D AGM batteries (2), Four Winds VR-4 wind generator (with spare blade) and charge controller, 30-amp shore power cables (2) w/50-amp adapter.

Cockpit and Deck Accessories:
Aluminum radar arch with dinghy davits, dodger w/custom boom gallows, full bimini provides shade aft to helm, removable cockpit side awnings (2) and foredeck awnings (2), Magma s/s propane grill, custom Sunbrella cockpit cushions w/backrests, companionway screens and Lexan storm boards, individual hatch screens, salt water washdown pump, stern and side extra-long boarding ladders.

Lots of safety equipment and spares!
(2011 survey available)
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Old 06-09-2014, 16:24   #2
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Re: Columbia 43 (1970) - meticulously maintained, one owner 25+ years - $48,500

Can we get more/better pics of the interior changes you have made? How about a video walkthrough?
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Re: Columbia 43 (1970) - meticulously maintained, one owner 25+ years - $48,500

Sorry, I don't have a video camera and can't do a video walk-through, but there are dozens of photos available for viewing on our home website, Home, with captions that describe the various changes we've made. Hope that will be helpful!
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