Friends have a Columbia
38 built in 1967. They spent a fortune rebuilding it and making it safe for "blue water
." He knows a bit about boats - retired USCG Executive Officer on Buoy tender
out of Seattle
They left Seattle
in 1999 and a had lot of fun sailing, eventually reaching St. Augustine, FL in 2003. They lived on the boat full time.
They made two trips to Bermuda
and both times were turned back after the half way point due to boat problems.
They eventually decided their Columbia
38 was not a "blue water boat" (despite the 7,000 miles they had sailed from Seattle to Florida) and put her on Dockwise for a transAtlantic trip to Mallorca.
Since then they have spent 10 years sailing in the Med, Aegean, Adriatic
Seas and still do not think the Columbia is a "blue water" boat.
I raced on all those boats in the 1972 - 1977 time frame and took a few out into the Pacific Ocean
. They were heavily built but were not intended for blue water cruising.
The Columbia was more stout than the Newport
It is pretty hard to get cheap
and "blue water"