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Old 05-04-2015, 13:40   #1
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opinions on the Columbia 10.7

I've been reading Cruisers Forum for several years and have found it very informative, even when just browsing, with no particular subject in mind.

I am now considering buying a Columbia 10.7 of 1979 vintage, with the intention of living aboard and sailing the West Coast of British Columbia for the least a year, to shakeout problems before possibly heading south.

Unfortunately I find little on the Internet that refers to this particular boat and I'm hoping that some of the members might be able to pass on information, opinions or experiences. Thanks

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Old 05-04-2015, 14:55   #2
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Re: opinions on the Columbia 10.7

I sailed an 8.7 for many years and know the boat well. These are coastal cruisers and not originally built for offshore use. The boat sailed well and was very roomy and comfortable. But the rigging was undersized and the rigging attachment points left something to be desired. Other than that, the boat was fairly well built and suited my purposes fine. Mostly sailed the Chesapeake Bay and ICW. Chuck

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Re: opinions on the Columbia 10.7

thanks for the info, I will certainly pay attention to the rigging etc. I might not have looked at the size, Although I certainly would've looked for damaged shrouds etc.

A couple of years ago, while crossing the Gulf stream we hit some heavy weather and when I went up the mast, eventually,in St. Martin, I found that four of the 19 strands of the jib stay had separated!

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Re: opinions on the Columbia 10.7

Also a former 8.7 owner. I'm familiar with the 10.7, but never sailed one.
Based on the model year, I suspect it was one of the last 10.7s built by Columbia before the molds and name were sold to a Canadian firm.
Beside the rigging (Columbia used aluminum chainplates) check for any water damage around the port lights and deck fittings. If the engine is the original Volvo, expect a re-power is in the near future. The rudders on the 8.7 and the 9.6 were a weak point in the Columbia construction (not sure about the 10.7). The rudders were sheathed in very thin fiberglass and many allowed water into the foam-filled interior causing the shell to crack during a hard freeze in the winter. Also the skeg where the gudgeon fitting for the rudder is attached is hollow and can produce a hard to find leak. I filled the skeg on my 8.7 with epoxy after it almost sank the boat. I think the 10.7 used a similar gudgeon and pintle attachment for the rudder.
Those Alan Payne designed Columbias (8.3, 8.7, 9.6 and 10.7) were all good sailors, especially on a reach. The Columbia construction guality was not an industry leader, but most of the defects could be fixed by the owner or at modest cost.

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