I am in the process of buying
a sailboat to liveaboard
. Since i am in Michigan i have to wait until spring to proceed with the plan. I am also taking all the classes
for sailing from the American Sailing Association, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106 and 107 at GT Sailing School
as soon as it warms up and the ice thaws.
The plan is to sail out of lake Michigan to the Atlantic and hug the east coast
down to Florida
and on to Puerto Rico
my home. I plan to liveaboard
there and sail around the Caribbean
until i die.
I am on a budget
since i am using the last of my savings to do this. I lost
my business and i have decided not to start again in the rat race
; i have been working since i was 8 years old and i am tired of all work
and no happiness. Is time for me and the sea calls me. I grew up with fishermen in Puerto Rico
until i left the island for the military, so i am coming full circle.
So now to my question.
35 is available for sale
for $15,000. I haven't seen the boat
personally or done a survey
, but i have seen pictures and it looks clean, well kept and very nice inside. However, i have no experience with sailboats besides the mountain of information that i have read here and in other sites (this site is fantastic!).
There were only 5 sailboats made of the Columbia
35 (1975) according to
COLUMBIA 35 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
but that data is not very helpful since without experience is hard to evaluate it.
I am looking for those who have had personal experience with this sailboat to provide information, data and subjective and objective criticism, positive or otherwise on this sailboat. I am not interested in Sailboat bashing and hearsay. Please tell me about your on hand personal experience and or well founded knowledge on the Columbia 35.
What are its characteristics when under sail? Does it sail straight or points straight, is it a good sailing boat
? Is it a good liveaboard sailboat? Is a 40 footer better or the 35 will do for one person and in the future maybe two? ( i am old so no future children
and i am divorced so i do not foresee anyone living with me, but, maybe occasionally and for short periods. How is the hull
in this sailboat? Is the spade rudder keel
a good thing? What kind of deck
construction does it have, balsa cored? Standing rigging
? Fin with rudder
on skeg? Good? Bad?
Any information is appreciated...