This is a 1970 Columbia 28 sailboat. She is a great family weekend cruiser and is built like a tank. The early Columbia boats were well known for being extremely overbuilt (as were many early fibreglass designs). They were not the fastest boats of their time, but their weather-handling capabilities make up for their heavier build. This boat is not a racer nor a daysailer, but is a great cruiser.

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Length overall: 27' 7"
Length waterline: 21' 8"
Beam: 8' 6"
Draft: 4' 6"
Displacement: 6,500 lbs
Ballast: 3000 lbs lead keel
Sail Area: 343 sq ft
Vertical clearance: 35' 3"
Headroom: 6' (central cabin), 5' 10" (v-berth)
Keel configuration: Modified fin keel
Steering: semi-balanced spade rudder, tiller
Designer: W.B. Crealock (Designer of the Pacific Seacraft 37. and many other boats)


This Columbia 28 is sail #522. It was built in California in 1969 or 1970 and spent most of its life in Arizona (Lake Powell) before moving to Flathead Lake.

Modifications and work done

Following is a list of major work done, since 2002, listed in approximate chronological order:

2002 - new cushion covers (V-berth, dinette, and quarterberth cushions)
2002 - New Standing rigging (shrouds and stays).
2003 - Partially rebuilt motor (new gaskets, overhauled valves, new carb, rebuilt starter, rebuilt alternator, new fuel pump, new water pump, fixed leak on manifold)
2003 - refurbished all winches
2003 - new cabin lights installed
2003 - new Windex on masthead
2003 - welded spreader sockets/ collars
2003 - new portapotty
2004 - solar panel and charge controller
2004 - second battery added
2004 - new cockput cushions
2004 - added voltmeter & electrical panel
2004 - repainted deck, topsides, mast, bottom, interior
2004 - new Fortress 16lb anchor, new anchor rode & chain
2004 - new running rigging (mainsheet, etc.)
2005 - new propeller
2005 - purchased replacement mainsail, had it refurbished through SailCare. added reef point.
2005 - new lunch hooks (lightweight anchors - 6 lbs) with rode & chain
2005 - lazyjacks
2006 - new running rigging (jibsheets, boom preventer)
2006 - purchased replacement 110 genoa, had it refurbished through SailCare
2006 - purchased lightweight drifter sail (approximately 135 %)
2007 - new bilge pump and sensors
2008 - new depth sounder and in-hull transducer
2009 - new bottom paint. 
2011 - new fixed ports 
2012 - new opening portlights (4)
2013 - new freshwater pump
2013 - new curtains


The boat comes equipped with:

Sailing gear:
- Mainsail (one reef point)
- Yankee Jib (80% or so)
- Genoa (110%)
- Drifter (135%)
- Whisker pole

Ground tackle:
- 16lb Fortress-type, with approx. 20 ft chain, 200' rode
- two 6? lb fortress-type, one lightweight chain/rode, one all-rope rode
- Forward chain locker (through-deck pipe)

- Two Barient primary winches (genoa/jib)
- Two Barient spinnaker winches
- winch at base of mainmast

- mainsheet
- jib and genoa sheets
- cunningham
- various extra lines

- compass on cockpit bulkhead
- Depthsounder
- Engine water temperature, voltmeter, oil pressure

Other items:
- Mainsail cover, jib bag, tiller cover
- Winter cockpit cover
- Summer cockpit shade / boom canopy
- Various spare parts and fasteners
- Fenders (recently cleaned)
- 3 fire extinguishers
- New VHF radio (not yet mounted)
- Detachable swim ladder
- cockpit cushions, extra cushions
- LifeSling system
- PFDs

- International Palmer P-60 4-cylinder (20 HP)
- Except for the transmission and manifold, this is the same motor as the International Cub C-60 tractor motor (easy to find parts)
- 6 gallon gas tank (burns approximately 1/2 gallon per hour at 5 kt cruising speed)

- Dual deepcycle batteries with A/B/Both switch - 11 Watt solar panel and charge controller
- Shorepower (120V) connection
- Running lights
- Various interior lights
- Bilge pump with electronic sensor


- Forward V-berth (fits 2 adults)
- Dinette converts into a bed (2 children or friendly adults)
- Two single quarterberths (recommended for children)
- Cockpit seats (6 feet long, with cushions)

- 18 gallon freshwater tank (under forward V-berth)
- sink, w/ electric freshwater pump
- custom insulated icebox. One ice block lasts about 4 days in the heat of summer.
- propane camp stove, uses 1 lb bottles

- forward berth & head area separated from main cabin by door - sink, w/ electric freshwater pump
- Sanipottie semi-permanent toilet
- medicine cabinet w// first aid kit, etc.
- hanging locker


- This is a dual axle trailer, with extensions welded on to support the boat cradle
- The trailer has about 500 miles (or less) on new tires
- Basically, this is just a glorified cradle for the sailboat. The previous owners hauled the boat from AZ to MT on this trailer (however, it does not have brakes and is not recommended for long trips)


The boat is currently in Dayton (West shore of Flathead Lake).


Asking price is $8700 OBO... make an offer!

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