1970s Columbia 28 Sloop — Project Boat
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The Columbia 28 is one of the early fiberglass sailboats designed by William Crealock. It features a fin keel and a balanced rudder. The construction was topnotch and in that building era more was better. As a result she is built to last and to cruise offshore. This is reflected in the tabbed in bulkheads, heavy matt roving layup schedule and the beefiness of the standing rigging. The boat has been modified with the addition of a reverse transom section that adds about two feet to the overall length along with a pedestal steering wheel. The boat was originally powered by an Atomic 4 which was replaced at some point with a Volvo Penta two cylinder diesel -- about 8-10hp. I have listed this boat as a project boat for the marina that has clear title to it. It has been in water stored for several years under plastic. It survived hurricane Sandy without a scratch and I took off the plastic last week to take the pictures that are posted. It appears that the gear that is there is in fair to good condition. There are two sails--main and jib?--in the vee-berth. While I do not think there are any major restoration issues with the boat, I want to honest, the boat is in desperate need of a serious cleaning as you can see from the pictures and the diesel has a big question mark in front of it. There is dirt, mildew and mold everywhere below decks and on those areas of the decks that were in contact with the plastic cover. Most of the deck hardware and hatches need attending to especially as regards re-bedding them--there is some fresh water in the bilge reflecting the various leaks. Some of the teak needs to be replaced. Although the bow area has some soft spots, this is a relatively straight-forward repair for most individuals: the outer deck layer is removed, the original balsa core material is replaced and the deck sheet is replaced and glassed in. All of that said, this could be a good bargain boat for a beginner/intermediate sailor that is willing to work on getting her back into shape. The marina is family-owned, offers a full range of marine service, has slip space available for the season as well as in water and on land winter storage. The full cash payment is due upon close of the auction and the boat must be removed from the marina within five working days of receipt of payment unless ongoing storage arrangements have been made with the marina. The new owner is also responsible for a $49.00 listing fee as well as any sales tax, title, and registration fees that may apply. That said, the boat is offered without a reserve... the highest bidder will win the boat! Feel free to ask questions. I will do my best to answer them. Tim