View Full Version : Free FG. sail boat (pic)

10-17-2003, 04:52 PM

Yes free , just take it away. It's about 28' and sat neglected for about 3 yrs. It has a mast but no sails.

The marina is cutting up abandoned boats.
the # is 203 481 8866

10-17-2003, 04:59 PM
Area code doesn't register. Where is the boat?

10-17-2003, 08:50 PM
Looks like a Compac is it?

10-20-2003, 09:18 AM
I believe we're looking at a Columbia 28- good club cruiser/ racer. Full headroom is nice too. This is a Bill Lapworth design I believe. Good , quality, conservative classic plastic from Calafornia in the"hay days" before the oil embargo of 1973 starting a furious rise in polyester resin prices and a rapid drop in the weight per foot in boats. Not all a bad thing if you were looking for a racer, but this boatwas from the time when fiberglass boats were "shaped" much more like something that used to be built of wood. This will be practically all wood, stick built below.

Kevin G
10-20-2003, 03:28 PM
203 481 xxxx is Branford, CT, just east of New Haven


10-20-2003, 06:48 PM
If it is a Columbia 28, they were designed by another Bill, William Crealock. She was introduced in 1967 at $8,500 (without sails). Bill Lapworth worked for the competition, Cal boats. Another Bill was starting to design at Columbia around this time, Bill Tripp Sr., but apparently didn't get to do this one.

All the best, Tad

10-20-2003, 08:15 PM
Looks like a Columbia 28. See spec at:


Columbia started to use cast iron for the
fin keels around 1970 but the ad for the
boat says it is lead.


10-21-2003, 08:18 AM
That boat is at Pier 66 marina in Branford. I saw it yesterday while sailing with Jack Dillon. It's in pretty rough shape, but free is free.

10-21-2003, 12:41 PM
Yer right about Bill Lapworth. I was a Morgan guy racing against both Cals and Columbias. Disremembered myself.

Mike Keers
10-21-2003, 03:41 PM
Charlie Morgan designed a few boats for Columbia as well, the C-31 coming to mind. Other designers that worked for Columbia and got their start or designed boats were Bill Tripp (Sr.), Alan Payne, Sparkman & Stephens, George O'Day, and Frank Butler (Catalina).

At one time, Columba was the largest fiberglass boat manufacturer in the world, offered over fifty models from 8 feet up to 57 feet, and produced an estimated 30,000 boats.

10-21-2003, 04:08 PM

If only the shipping where free!

Jack Heinlen
10-21-2003, 05:25 PM
It's in pretty rough shape, but free is free. Funny thing about boats, free is almost never free, but can be a damn good deal. What do you mean by "rough shape" Doug?

P.S. To those who know the type, what is the underbody, the reputation of the construction etc.? Probably a relatively heavily built hull, with a balsa cored deck? Hull to deck joint, soggy balsa, glass blisters potential problems?

[ 10-21-2003, 06:30 PM: Message edited by: Jack Heinlen ]