The Columbia 43 MkIII was designed by William Tripp Jr and built in the USA by Columbia Sailing Yachts.
The gentle sheer and flush deck of this Columbia 43 MkIII aft-cockpit cruising yacht make for a very attractive sailboat. From a purely aesthetic point of view, to me anyway - sailboat perfection.
Underwater Profile: Fin Keel & Skeg-hung Rudder
Hull Material: GRP
Length Overall: 43'9" (13.34 m)
Waterline Length: 32' 8" (10.0 m)
Beam: 12'4" (3.76 m)
Draft: 7' 0" (2.13 m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 22,000 lb (9,769 kg)
Designer: William Tripp Jr
Builder: Columbia Sailing Yachts (USA)
Year First Built: 1973
Number Built: 96
Owners Association: Columbia Yacht Owners Association
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.5
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 46.8
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 282
4. Comfort Ratio: 33.3
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.5 suggests that the Columbia 43 MkIII will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 46.8 means that the Columbia 43 MkIII will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 282, tells us the Columbia 43 MkIII is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 33.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Columbia 43 MkIII in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Columbia 43 MkIII would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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