1969 Columbia 43

US$ 58,000
San Diego, CA
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Famous Bill Tripp Jr. Design

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
San Diego, CA
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Current Price:
US$ 58,000 

Amazing Columbia Sailing Yachts 43 Racer/Cruiser! 

Incredible Speed with Incredible Comfort!

This is Hull #2 of the 149 Columbia 43 series produced in California from 1969 - 1974. It was produced with a large array of extra wenches, racing spinnaker polls, and race-quality sail rigging because the original owner wanted it to be a competitive racer in the Newport - Ensanada races. It was that and more, taking 1st and the podium a number of times. The current owners bought her after a 15 year dry period where the boat sat and was professionally maintained. This couple has cruised her all over, speaks very well of her pedigree and cruising abilities, but because of age has decided to give her up to someone that can appreciate her the way they did.

The Columbia 43 has amazing characteristics, a large cockpit for racing or entertaining, enchanting lines with a raised bow and curved house, and an incredible amount of space for a 6 person settee, full gally, two large couches/berths, a full shower, electric head, and a full queen V berth.

Acclaimed boat reviewer David Liscio of internationally recognized Sailboat Magazine writes:

"A modern mix of cruising and racing for its time, this 40-footer is still the right fit for a family...The Columbia 43 is an exceptional light-displacement racer-cruiser perfect for going around the cans or taking the family on an extended sailing adventure. Solidly constructed of hand-laid fiberglass, its rugged hull can handle heavy seas but the overall boat design keeps it moving nimbly. An expansive foredeck and roomy interior make this boat attractive to sailors with growing families or those with plenty of fun-seeking friends."

Of the History: "The Columbia 43 ranks among several early fiberglass classics spawned from the drawing board of the late naval architect William H. Tripp, Jr....This light-displacement sloop quickly became paradoxically known for its speed on the race course and its interior cruising comforts. "

Of the Design: "For most sailors, sleek is the word that comes to mind when eyes first set on the Columbia 43. The Tripp design has a classic bow, with overhangs typical of the era, an extraordinarily uncluttered deck and a rounded doghouse, giving the sloop a contemporary look despite its late-1960s vintage. An advertising company back in the day compared the 43's sleekness to a World War II German Messerschmitt fighter plane."

Of Construction: The Columbia 43's hull is heavily applied hand-laid fiberglass. The mast is keel-stepped. The boat has an iron-ballasted fin keel, spade rudder and was made in both full-keel and centerboard models.

"The 43 is a solid boat from bow to stern," said Stuart Swain of Illinois, whose family has owned the 1970 Columbia 43 Rainbow for 34 years. "We have sailed Lake Michigan, the Chicago area, the Northern Channel and up to Canada. It's a great family boat. It feels safe."

...John David Miller of Hawaii, also known as Capt. Kawika, has owned his 1974 Columbia 43 MkIII Seadasha for six years. "Our experience offshore on other boats led us to look for a heavily built, fiberglass hull that had no frills or difficult places to get into for service or modifications. The Columbia was perfect for that," Miller said. 

Of the Deck: "Wide open space is what greets those boarding a Columbia 43. The masthead sloop features a 10-foot-long aft cockpit with plenty of room for everyone, including the helmsman. The foredeck is perfect for sunbathing at anchor or during balmy cruises."

Of the Handling: "Columbia 43 owners praised the boat's handling capabilities in a wide range of weather conditions. Miller has sailed the boat mostly off the California coast in modest wind and sea conditions.

"I would say she does great in 20 knots of wind and 4- to 6-foot seas under full sail. I'm a sailor who likes to reef early and often, and that calms everything down on board and below. I found that we could get good speed and comfort reefed down to a single in the main and bring in one-third of the headsail," he said."

Of Investment and Resale: A Columbia 43 in good to excellent condition will hold its value as a quality racer-cruiser with family-boat characteristics and bluewater potential.

Comes with a lot of racing gear, electronics, rebuilt and very strong Perkins 50HP Diesel, a blow-up dingy, Seagull motor, and many more options.

This is an excellent boat with a strong pedigree, still being valued today for it's characteristics and build quality. Come check her out, and make an offer. The owner knows she needs some updating and will be doing it in his spare time - however with big jobs he might be raising the price. Any offer, though, he will consider as he and his wife are aging and cannot enjoy the boat as they used to.

Contact Theo @ MMYachts for a showing.

Please contact Mike Stanton at (619) 269-0800

Interested in this boat? Toll-free: 888-564-9649
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