? Yes, definitely. There are some who have very negative opinions re. build quality. Evidently oilcanning of the hull
up forward is common enough that owners have added stiffening up there. I had also heard that care has to be taken to ensure the hull
around the companionway
is strong enough as there is no bulkhead there to provide additional athwartships strength for haulouts.
But it's a great design from a master designer
, Bill Tripp. Tons of room below, and a very good sailing boat. Buying
one for $5k that needs mostly cosmetics is almost a no-brainer IMO if you are looking for that type of boat. Especially if the engine
is a good diesel
. But the survey
is crucial, to keep you from having to invest any more than $10k or so, because I think $15k is kind of an upper limit value-wise.
One odd thing to be aware of... the sheer is very high vs. the waterline which makes them difficult to climb into from a dock
for normal sized people, so you need some kind of step-up.
Have you looked at the Columbia
owner's site and mailing list? Very active, and lots of great info.