I upgraded from a Cal
27 to a Columbia
10.7. The difference in size is huge. The Columbia
is definitely big enough to live aboard and that is my goal once I get it back into shape.
I was very lucky to stumble across the Columbia. It is designed for cruising with a full modified fin keel
27 was a great boat, but simply not big enough for me (6'5") to live aboard for more than a few days at a time. The Cal is much better sailing, especially in light winds, and easier to single-hand.
The boat was for sale
for a long time and badly neglected. Many of the portholes and portlights
leak. I've already bought replacements
for the portholes and will replace the portlights
at the same time. I purchased it for $10K but I'll need to put at least that much into it to get it ready for cruising.
We spent $3K to soda blast the bottom otherwise it would have taken all summer to sand the bottom and get off the many years of paint
. It was in very bad shape.
are original and, while usable, should also be replaced. I may try to buy used or find other economical alternatives. Either way, expect to spend $10K or more to get your cruiser ready to sail around the world.
If I was 10 years younger and my kids
were out of college I would definitely consider a cruising life. Instead, my long term goal is to sail to northern Europe
for a summer stay and then a wintering in the Med. If I can manage that in the next 10 years, I will be a very happy man. Good luck.