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Old 24-02-2013, 19:40   #1
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Columbia 26 Classic

I just started looking for a boat and I came across a 1964 C26 Classic (Not MKII) and I can't find too much info on this model, the current owner knows nothing about this vessel. So if anyone here knows, here are a few questions:
1. Full keel w/cutaway I know that but how is the keel attached or is it part of the hull and the cavity filled with ballast?
2. the head is plumbed straight out to sea (not legal unless 3 miles out) has anyone retrofit a holding tank if so where and how many gallons?
3. has anyone installed opening ports in place of the four smaller ports on the forward part of the cabin?

I am planning an extensive look at the boat next week if no one buys it before than.
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Old 24-02-2013, 21:36   #2
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Re: Columbia 26 Classic

Sorry that I can't answer your questions, but we (my wife and I) did own one of these about 30 years ago. It was a GREAT boat. Sailed like a dream and was steady in wind and waves. Good luck to you!
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Re: Columbia 26 Classic

Columbia 26 Specifications
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Old 25-02-2013, 08:51   #4
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Re: Columbia 26 Classic

I have a 1964 C24. The C26 is the same boat with an extra two feet in the center, giving you a separate head compartment. Mine still had the original thru-hull arrangement with no holding tank. I took out the head and put a porta-potty in its place. The keel is encapsulated lead - one solid hull with ballast in the bottom.
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Old 25-02-2013, 14:00   #5
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COLUMBIA 26 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
I have sailed on one and it was impressive considering it's age. The extra 2 feet probably helped it some.
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