Thursday, April 14, 2011

Design 1508 - Columbia 29


The Columbia 29 was introduced in 1961 by the Glas Laminates Company of California. The model was so successful that the company decided to use the Columbia name for a brand of boats and Columbia Sailing Yachts was formed. Over 300 units were built between 1961-1969.

Here are the plans.


A Mark II version was introduced in 1967. Changes were generally cosmetic although 1,000 lbs of ballast was added. Here's an article that explains.


Here are a couple of interior images of a Mark I boat.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 28'-6"
LWL 22'-6"
Beam 8'-0"
Draft 4'-0"
Displacement 7,400 lbs (Mark I) 8,400 lbs (Mark II)
Ballast 3,120 lbs (Mark I) 4,100 lbs (Mark II)
Sail Area 382 sq ft


7 comments:

  1. Used to own hull #3 built in San Francisco by a man named Lawrence Walters who worked for a fellow named Les Bittney. The boat was originally owned by a fellow in LA named Robert B. Young. This was the last boat built before the design and tooling was acquired by Dick Valdes originally of Glas Laminates, and it's true this boat prompted the name change of his company to Columbia Yachts.
    My old boat is in new hands now and at 50+ years old is still sailing strong.

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  2. I would be interested to know if the change in ballast was done with consultation with the designer or by the builder's own initiative.

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  3. I have had mine for 25 years....fantastic boat. We keep her in Puget Sound and have sailed her way up to Desolation Sound. A key feature that we LOVE is the very unusual attribute of being able to sit at the dinette and have a glorious big view out of the big portlites. Whenever we look at other bigger boats we end up in dark caves!!! Great sailing boat.

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  4. I am the proud third owner of hull #37, built in 1962. She was not built to carry an inboard engine and has the 3120 lbs. of ballast as she was originally designed. She is just simply a wonderful design and sails beautifully. She even came with a letter from Olin Stephens to the original owner discussing her righting moment and metacentric height. She continues to cruise the Channel Islands in California as she has for 53 years.

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  5. I am the proud owner of Hull #2 and have recently purchased blueprints of the original interior. I am planning to restore the interior. Any recommendations would be very welcome.

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  6. I am the proud owner of Hull #2 and have recently purchased blueprints of the original interior. I am planning to restore the interior. Any recommendations would be very welcome.

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    1. Is that #2 from Larry Walters? That boat is not in the registry at columbia-yachts.com, I'd love to see a shot of it. There is an active Columbia Yacht Owners group in Yahoo groups. There are also a few of us who exchange info on CruisersForum.com, search "Columbia 29." We'd love to hear from you! I am currently rebuilding the mast support arch which yours may need by now as well. Still, not bad after 55 years, and as far as I can tell, the only part on the boat that needs re-strengthening.

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