If taking a Columbia
26 or similar down the east coast
of the US was certain death there would be a lot fewer members on this forum.
I have a friend with a Columbia and it seems pretty well put together. As long as you don't sail out into the teeth of a hurricane
and your boat is in reasonably good condition then the risk is minimal. Not as safe as sitting at the dock
but not death defying and foolish.
Just a few cautions.
1. Check the weather
before you leave. Might look good now but something nasty could be just over the horizon.
2. Make sure the important parts
of the boat are in good condition. This includes at a minimum: rigging
, through hulls, engine
or tiller and any links all the way to the rudder
and the rudder
and rudder post itself.
4. Through hulls. Included in this all the hoses that attach to the through hulls and the other end of those hoses on the engine
, etc. Make sure all
the through hulls open and close easily. Make sure all the hoses are in good condition and clamped (or double clamped) with marine
grade, SS clamps.
5. Rigging. Check the wires and the end fittings, probably swage fittings on a Columbia. These require close inspection
, maybe worth hiring a pro if you don't have the experience. One fitting that lets go would probably cost you the mast
That covers some of the basics. Have these covered and take off. Don't forget the charts