Originally Posted by btrayfors
Catalina - Yes
Islander - Yes
Bristol - Yes (there used to be a bunch of B27's in San Francisco
Mostly, I agree with the others.
I agree the Columbia
in stock condition would be...NO. The hulls of these boats are built like tanks
. The 28 has a hull
thickness of 1.25"-1.5" hand lay up.
Her weak points:
. (floor over engine
.) This leaks
, and needs to be raised.
Chain plate for upper shroud
(port side) is mounted to inner linner, and plywood
bulkhead. Replace outboard
part of bulkhead, and seal.
Large tear drop windows.
These leak, and need to be sealed.
. Stock boats have none. The boom needs a topping lift
The table in these boats is junk. Peel off the top 1/4" and save to reface chain plate
bulkhead. Build new table.
The location is under starboard quarter berth. The tank is built into the hull
. (FG.) Ethanol will eat a hole in the tank. Put a plastic 13 gal tank in the lazerett, and use the old one as a tool locker.
All Columbia's have the Atomic Four. These engines will last longer than any other marine engine
ever built. parts
are easy to get. (Moyer Marine
.) Easy to repair,and you can do it yourself.
Spade rudder, and fin keel.
These boats will turn on a dime. But, you can't leave the helm
for two seconds. If you do, she will do a 180. A second hand on board, or a wind vane
will keep her on track.
Cost of a Columbia 28 or 30
. $1800, $4000, $12000. take your pick.
Cost to do the needed above
. $500-$1000. If you do it yourself.