The Columbia 50 was built by Columbia yachts between 1966 and 1972. This Bill Trip Classic sloop was by far the best built and designed of all the columbias. Sixty six of these fine racer cruisers were built durng the time of construcrtion. The were the darlings of this circa by the racing groups, and brought home the silver for race oriented owners . As a racer, the Columbia 50 captured some noteworthy victories, such as winning her class in the 1966 Chicago-Mackinac and first overall in 1967. She also won her class in the 1967 TRANSPAC and Newport to Ensenada races. Steve Dashew was one of the early owners of a Colombia 50, and cruised her seriously, and even wrote cudos for the performance of these yachts in one of his early books before he became the Guru of Alloy sail and power yachts. classic beauty, exceptional comfort, and race performance made this design a success. . PHRF rating is thought to be 96.
One can expect a truly stable and highly performance oriented cruiser that can perform well against many more modern cruisers, even some racers. The yacht featured in this specification sheet has been kept in excellent condition by the live aboard owners. The exteriior is high gloss with good protection from sumbrella sun shades, the rigging and spar show well, but the interior is the true beauty that makes this boat stand out from the rest. There are 10 different exotic woods used to assemble an artfull blend to traditional craftmenship. These woods include; Black Walnut Wood, Hardwood Maple, Purple Heart Wood, Koa Wood, Paduk Wood, Red Oak Wood, koko Bola Wood, Blood Wood, Mahogany Wood, Zebra Wood. The interior is a wonderland to the traditional wood lover, and a combination of modern technology blended with almost bygone craftsmanship. A true symphony of balanced woodwork.
Richard “Dick” Valdes founded Glas Laminates, a fiberglass contract company, in 1958. Among the early products were camper shells and producing canoes for Sears. The company eventually focused its development expertise on sailboats and became Glass Marine Industries (GMI), marketing their boats under the Columbia nameplate. Early models included the Columbia 24 and Columbia 29 (Sparkman & Stephens design). By 1964 company sales passed $2.5 Million.
In 1965, GMI changed its name to Columbia, and introduced the Columbia 50, at the time the world's largest fiberglass production sailboat. During the mid sixties Columbia produced a few motor yachts.
By the late 1960s,the company was the world's largest fiberglass sailboat manufacturer with manufacturing plants throughout the world. Valdes sold the company to Whittaker (listed on the NYSE), but continued as president of the subsidiary Columbia Yacht Corporation, and helped to develop Whittaker Marine Group, which ultimately included Bertram Yachts, Trojan Yachts, Riva, Desco Marine, Kettenburg, Balboa Marine, and Coronado Yachts. Total sales of the Whittaker Marine Group reached between $250 and $350 Million in the early 70's during Valdes' tenure. A side note is that Frank Butler, the owner of Coronado Yachts came into Whittaker with the merger, but left about a year later to form Catalina Yachts.
Following Dick Valdes' departure from Columbia Yachts in 1972, the company offices and plant were relocated to Virginia, and eventually sold to Hughes Boat Works in 1979, and later to Aura Yachts in 1982. In the mid-80's, Hughes regained control of the company. Eventually, the Columbia Yachts brand faded into history.
Columbia Yachts Today
In September, 2001 the new Columbia Yacht Corporation was incorporated, with Dick's son Vincent Valdes as President and CEO, co-founder Justin Wallin as COO and with Dick Valdes among the founding directors. The new company’s first offering is the Columbia 30 sportsboat, designed by Tim Kernan, with a Southern California OWC PHRF rating of 51.
The Columbia 50 was introduced in 1965 for delivery in 1966. The Columbia Yacht Corporation first-half financial report notes that six of the new sleek 50's were sold prior to her debut in 1966.
"Among the new yachts in construction, the Columbia 50—designed by—Bill Tripp, will be one of the most luxurious ocean racing-cruising yachts afloat. This new flagship of the Columbia line will be launched in January 1966. Her first racing engagements will be the 1966 Southern Ocean Racing Circuit and the Acapulco Race. Already six Columbia 50's have been sold at a base price of $50,000 (without sails)" -Columbia Yacht Corporation 1966 Annual Report
The Columbia 50 captured some noteworthy victories, such as winning her class in the 1966 Chicago-Mackinac and first overall in 1967. She also won her class in the 1967 TRANSPAC and Newport to Ensenada races.
The Columbia 50 has achieved classic status and today has an enthusiast website devoted exclusively to her at columbia50.com. She was an outstanding example of blending comfort and performance, and therefore was one of Dick Valdes' favorite Columbias.
Length Overall 50' 0"
Length Waterline 33' 3"
Draft 6' 6¾ "
Beam 12' ½"
Displacement 32,000 lbs.
Ballast (lead) 14,600 lbs.
Sail Area 977 sq. ft
Facts about the designer, Bill Tripp Jr.1916 - 1977
Bill Tripp spent his childhood on the water sailing and racing in boats his father designed. Bill’s father, William H. Tripp, Jr., designed such well-known yachts as the Bermuda 40, the Block Island 40 and the Columbia 50. “Tripp Design is a team of Naval Architects, Engineers and Project Managers specializing in the design and engineering of modern yachts and is noted for its winning race boat designs that have participated in such challenging venues as the Fastnet, Hobart, Bermuda, and IMS Championships among others. Our collaboration with structural engineers, boat yards, design houses, mast makers and hydrodynamicists has fostered development, synergy and expanding views in design, technology and performance.
It should be noted Steve Dashew chose the C50 to circumnavigate the world with his family.
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
COLUMBIA 50 RACING
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
COLUMBIA 50 SLOOP
CURRENT OWNERS ARE LIVE-ABOARDS - PLEASE ALLOW 24 HR. NOTICE PRIOR TO VIEWING.
This Columbia 50 must be seen to be appreciated, and for the amount of custom craftsmanship put into this vessel, this is a wood-lovers dreamboat. No less than 10 varieties of exotic woods were used when the current owner gutted the interior and had professional craftsmen redo the entire interior. Money was not spared to do this in a manner that would show true pride of ownership.
If you're in the market for an offshore racer, an around-the-world cruiser, or a comfortable live-aboard, this Columbia 50 can be all of the above! Built solid of hand-laid fiberglass, it is no surprise that the Columbia 50's are also a favorite choice among bluewater sailors. Confidence in knowing an offshore passage of any distance and in any condition will be much safer leaves more time to enjoy the trip rather than worry about what will break next. Finally, this Columbia 50 would make a wonderful live-aboard, surrounding her owner in warmth with all the exotic woods used in her custom designed cabins. Roomy enough for an entire family, and definitely the atmosphere to host wonderful parties!
LWL: 33.25 feet Beam: 12.5 feet
Ballast: 14,600 Displacement: 32,000
Total Power: 60 hp. Izusu QD 60 naturally asperated marine diesel with 201 hours. Cruising Speed: 7 Max Speed: 8
Fuel: 60 Fresh Water: 300 Holding: Electrosan
This yacht has had a new deck and freshly varnished brightwork, inside With no less that ten exotic woods used in the custom designed interior, this sailboat not only makes for a beautiful racer/cruiser, but will definitely be the vessel of choice for entertaining guests anywhere around the world.
Moving from the forward section of the yacht the anchor locker is first, followed by the queen-size berth with custom designed cabinetry and drawers for maximized storage. There is storage under the head of the bed, and custom built sliding-door cabinets for clothing on the port and starboard side of the bed. Next is large head to port, complete with a wash basin, custom cabinetry with sliding mirrored storage, shower area with Koa wood grated floor, and an Electrosan waste disposal for sewage discharge. Opposite the head is a workbench, complete with anval, drill press, custom locking doors, and even a pull-out laundry hamper. The salon, and a newly upholstered L-shaped settee. The navigation table and chair are also located to starboard, and built into the nav cabinets is a Sharp Aquos LCD television. It is also in this area that one gets a feeling for the openness of the interior in this Columbia 50, since the liners have been replaced with more custom woodwork and maximized storage.
Next is the large galley to starboard, which includes a 4-burner propane stove/oven/broiler, in-counter refrigeration and freezer holds, counterspace for a number of additional electric appliances, and enough dry storage to provision for weeks. Opposite the galley is the dining area, and this includes a large, U-shaped settee, once again surrounded by custom woodwork. Walking through this vessel,one gets the feeling of how well this vessel is built and upgraded,as even the sole is solid Koa wood. Words alone cannot describe the beauty of this interior and this Columbia 50 must be seen to be appreciated!
The spacious galley actually has enough room for two cooks to work together! Fully contained and well laid out for weekend trips or off-shore passages. There are separate in-counter refrigeration and freezer holds, a 4-burner Regal stove/oven/broiler, open countertops, and custom cabinets/drawers for storage.
Large, U-Shaped Dining Settee
Roomy Countertops for Appliances
4-Burner Regal Stove/Oven/Broiler
Cabinets & Drawers for Dry Goods
Electronics & Nav.
This Columbia 50 has a simple electronics package ready to make coastal cruising a breeze. Because the buyer will be saving money by not paying extra for unwanted equipment, this will permit the new owner to customize the nav station to his/her liking.
Icom VHF Radio
SIGNET D.A.D. Knotmeter
SIGNET Windpoint Indicator
Sharp Aquos LCD television
735 ICom SSB Radio w/ Auto-Tuner
SIGNET D3D Depth
SWOFFER D-510 Knotmeter
SIGNET Wind Speed Indicator
50 AMP Shore Power Cord
AC/DC Master Power Control at Nav Station
(10) 6-Volt Glass Matt Batteries
Inverter is 1800 watt
Deck and Hull
The color schemes and new finishes give this boat a feel of being a much newer yacht than she is. The constant care is obviouds to the proud owners and potential buyers alike.
Newly Painted, High Gloss Deck
Dutchman system on Mainsail
ARCO 55 Self-Tailing Winch
MUIR Anchor Windlass
3-Blade Feathering Prop
Freshly Varnished Brightwork
Superfurl Roller Furling
Lewmar 40 Winch
6' Caribe Dinghy
There is not much more that can be put in writing about this yacht. The next step must be to visit the boat and make up your own mind if this is what you want. The buyer who lusts for a more plastic and veneer interior will not be inpresed with the pride that made this boat what it is today. But the traditiojnal yacht lover that wants a combination of all the good things that go into making a proper yacht are here, along with a ownership period of good yacht husbandry. Come and look for yourselt, it is well worth the time.
Heritage Yacht Sales Inc. offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.