I am always skeptical of anecdotal evidence suggesting this boat or that is suitable for offshore
use simply because someone managed to sail one across some ocean. All that you need to to do is read Alain Gerbault's 'Fight of the Firecrest' to understand just how possible it is to cross the Atlantic with a totally unsuitable boat. With a bit of luck and a bunch of work, a very tallented sailor can sail almost any boat across the ocean.
Beyond Gerbault, The example that I often give is of an aquantance that I knew back in the 1970's who sailed a wreck of a plywood
boat with a cast concrete keel
all the way from Austrailia to South Florida
. The boat had large patches of plywood
, made from pieces of the interior
that were nailed somewhat helter skelter to the topsides.
Anyway, I had given you a good starter list of possible options in response to your earlier thread on Small Boats: http://www.cruisersforum.com/showthr...&threadid=2916
Here are a couple that did not make the list;
Bristol 30: The early 1970's era Halsey Herreschoff design.
30 (1979-1981) We have had two of these in my family
. Compared to the Columbia in question these are much better sailing and better constructed boats for the dollar.
Vanguard: I have a real love-hate relationship with these boats. My family
owned one when I was a kid. These boats are a lot of boat for the dollar and yet they are a very dated design with a lot of short-comings.
Coasters and Wanderers: These were keel
and keel/centerboard versions of the same boat. They are another pair of boats that I have a love-hate relationship with. Still and all either would be an improvement over the Columbia 8.7.
Pearson Renegade: Interesting little boats that have done a lot more than I would ever have guessed when I first encounterd them as new boats.
28: These are good all around boats that can often be found in very good condition for not a whole lot of money
Tartan 30: These are a real favorite of mine as well in this size and price range.
Winga 28: These are a little known Swedish boat but there are a couple for sail in your price range.
BTW if you really want a great deal on a blue water
boat I suggest that you take a look at this one.... http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi..._id=37866&url=