1963 Columbia 29, hull #37, "Pythagoras"
by Don Litton
(Channel Islands, CA, USA)
As a former owner of a Columbia 24 many years ago, I was glad to find this 29 for sale last summer. These old boats were built tough and are part of the old-school tradition of full keels molded with the hull, keel-hung rudders and narrow beams.
I probably won't be winning any races but for sea-worthiness and sea-kindliness, she is wonderful. My cruising ground is the Channel Islands here in southern California. Although they aren't far, the Santa Barbara Channel can offer up a lot of fun and challenging seas at times so it's nice to have a boat that is at ease under a variety of conditions.
She is a bit tender, but designed by Sparkman and Stephens to be that way to switch to a longer waterline. On a reach she easily jumps to 6 knots. I found one with no inboard engine, so no cut-out of the keel and rudder for a prop. I like that. Yes I have to deal with an outboard but the reduced weight, smell, through-hulls, maintenance and leaks that come with an inboard make it worth it to me. I am sure not all would agree.
In my old 24 I cruised many miles around the Channel Islands and plan the same for many more with my family.
Additional info by Sailboat-Cruising.com
- Hull Type:~ Long keel
- Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
- Length Overall:~ 28'6" / 8.7m
- Waterline Length:~ 22'6" / 6.9m
- Beam:~ 8'0" / 2.4m
- Draft:~ 4'0" / 1.2m
- Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
- Displacement:~ 7,400lb / 3,357kg
- Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.46
- Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 202
- Designer:~ Sparkman & Stephens
- Builder:~ Columbia Yachts (USA)
- Year First Built:~ 1961
- Year Last Built:~ 1965
is a 1963 MkI version of the Columbia 29. That year a raised deck version known as the 'Columbia 29 Defender' was introduced.
In 1965 production of the MkI ended and a MkII version was introduced, which sported a sleeker deck and coachroof than the MkI.
Production of the Columbia 29 came to an end in 1969, with some 600-odd boats having been constructed.