We figured we would finally start a refit
thread for our old girl. She is a 1962 Columbia
number 28. We purchased here without visiting her or seeing in person.
So, the wife and I had been looking for a sailboat for some time capable of trailering home to work
on and store from time to time. So, we found the Columbia
29 in San Diego
and it had a trailer
with it. The owner said he wouldn't part the two so we didn't even bother driving down to view the boat
. Fast forward three or so months and I happen to jump on craigslist while I am overseas and I see the same Columbia. She was up for sale
with or without the trailer
I immediately emailed the seller and told him I wanted the boat
and in general loved the classic
lines. That I had been looking for something similar to a Pearson
Triton and loved the S&S and Alberg
designs (the Columbia is a S&S design). A few days later I got an email
back from his wife saying they had gotten a few hundred replies back within a couple days on the boat, but they decided to give her to us.
So, my wife mailed over a check for ten bucks, I called the Marina and started the slip transfer. Obtained insurance
from GEICO (they were awesome to work
with), more on that later if anyone cares.
Anyway, got home a few months later from traveling and the wife and I packed up the kids
, hitched up the trailer and drove from Montana to San Diego
. By the way, the trailer was another craigslist score my wife found. A triple axle beast capable of hauling boats up to 13k and we got it for $750.00. The brakes didn't work since a wire had been torn loose and I pretty much had to rewire the whole thing, but its rock solid.
Anyway, back to the boat we got her picked up and spoke at length with the previous owner. He had tons of extra and new parts
for her but just got to old with bad knees to climb into her and needed to let her go. So, we cleaned and washed her down, motored with the Tohatsu 6hp sailpro motor
several miles to the boat yard for the haul out
and pressure wash, etc.
Keep in mind the wife and I have almost no experience boating
lol. We took several online boater courses to navigate the markers, read up on google
how to run the outboard
(don't laugh) and had a hand held gps
to navigate to the right spot lol.
Anyway, we are crazy and honestly, we just figured the few times we have gone sailing out of Monterey or San Diego we loved it and why not just buy one and learn in it than renting
. So, we did.
Photos and stuff, we are doing follows, please feel free to ask any questions and we will respond as soon as able.
Newhaul, here are some photos so now I can prove its real lol. Thanks to everyone along the way here who has been patient and shared the knowledge they have gathered along the years. Don and Newhaul more than many have answered lots of questions but they certainly aren't the only ones.
Wally out of San Diego at Infinity Yacht Service
was super helpful also as well as the entire crew at the boat yard in National City.