This Columbia 36 boat is very unique, unlike any other Columbia 36 there is. It is right now completely Blue Water ready with Sail-O-Mat wind vane for self-steering; brand new Simrad GoXe 7 GPS loaded with Navionics sea charts for all US waterways; Radar; Depth Sounder; CQR plow anchor on bow roller with manual windlass; a very well-made dodger; a practically new VHF; the boat was recently re-powered with a Beta-Marine 25hp diesel engine that now has less than 300 hrs; and a 200 watt solar panel to maintain charging for 4 deep cycle batteries with Xantrex Pro 1800w inverter, and spare main & jib sails and storm sail. This boat has just completed a 23 day passage from San Francisco Bay to the Hawaiian Islands, and is ready to go anywhere in the world. The interior is filled with beautiful custom cabinetry and book shelves throughout for beauty and maximizing storage space; custom tile work in the head for waterproofness and beautifying interior; propane cabin heater; low-profile stainless-steel mast steps to the top of the mast; brand new halyards installed November 2017, custom removable helm bench; after-market over-sized Barlow 28 jib-sheet winches; tri-color and anchor light mounted at top of mast; lazy jacks and many other details. The boat has been kept very clean and very well maintained all of its life. In 2009 all of the bottom paint was removed down to the gelcoat. The seam between the keel and hull was cleaned and re-caulked, filled with epoxy filler, and glassed over and sanded. 5 layers of epoxy primer were applied to the entire bottom, followed by two coats of non-ablative paint. The boat’s bottom was painted again in summer 2012, and again winter 2014. This boat was just surveyed in December 2017 and valued at $30,000.
BOAT SPECS: 35.5’ LOA; 10.5’ Beam: 12,000# displacement. Boat was built in 1969, designed by Bill Crealock, who also designed the Pacific Seacraft 36.
ENGINE: The boat was re-powered in 2009 with a Beta-Marine 3 cylinder, 25 hp diesel engine. The engine is a marinized Kubota engine. At present the engine has <300 hrs. The hour clock stopped working during the passage from San Francisco to Hawaii. Previous to this trip the engine was only used for minutes at a time to get in and out of the harbor on the San Francisco bay. The oil, heat exchanger, and transmission fluids were all changed October 2017, as were the primary and secondary fuel filters, oil filter, and impellor just before passage from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii. All of the above were subsequently changed again in Hawaii November 2017.
FUEL: There are 3 types of fuel on the boat: Diesel, propane, & natural gas. There is only one 25 gallon diesel fuel tank for the engine. When the boat was repowered, a new custom aluminum tank was constructed and installed. It is located under the Starboard side quarter berth, and is filled from the starboard side fuel entry near the stern rail mount on the starboard side. There is a second twin fuel access on the port side that is covered with black tape. DO NOT PUT FUEL IN THIS FUEL PORT!. The tank under the port quarter berth was from before the diesel repower and is built of galvanized steel. The previous engine was a gasoline powered Atomic-4. Galvanized steel and diesel have a bad reaction with one another, so that old tank is not hooked up.
In the lazarette, on a shelf on the starboard side are two natural gas cylinders strapped in cradles on the shelf. These are for the stove. If one would like to switch the stove to propane, the jets on the stove must be changed. The stove must be lit with a match or lighter once gas is turned on. Also in the lazarette on the port shelf, are several small green propane cylinders these are for the cabin heater and the Bar-b-que on the stern rail. For the cabin heater, the regulator attachment point for the propane is at the bulkhead of that same port shelf in the lazarette. The regulator for the bar-b-que is in the low drawer in the galley just below the settee cushion.
SOLAR PANEL & INVERTER: The solar panel assists with charging the batteries. There are 4 deep cycle batteries total. 3 are wired for the house bank, and 1 is wired for the starting battery. The battery switch for starter battery, house battery, or all is located on the starboard side shelf of the quarterberth. #1 and #2 batteries are in the engine compartment. #3 & #4 batteries are on the shelf of the port quarterberth. Battery #1 is the starter battery, batteries #2, 3, & 4 are the house bank. There is a small control box for the solar panel that is mounted on the aft bulkhead of the port quarter berth. It is wired directly to battery #4 and all other batteries through the batteries being wired in parallel. The inverter is located near the main battery switch in the starboard quarter berth. There is a small green button that turns the inverter on or off. If there is too heavy of a load on the inverter, it will start beeping and the internal voltmeter will show no charge. If need more power for the inverter, running the engine will boost the power output.
RADAR AND OTHER ELECTRONICS: All explanatory booklets for the radar, GPS, VHF, Engine, and sail-o-mat wind vane are in a small wooden shelf/case mounted in the cabin on the aft starboard side, just behind the VHF radio.
WATER PRESSURE TO SINK & HEAD: for automated water pressure, there is a switch on the electrical panel mounted just behind the stove. The switch must be on, and when the faucet is moved to an open position the water pump will kick on. There is a manual foot pump for the sink at floor level just under the right side of the sink cabinet. To supply water to the head, there is a Y-valve in the bilge area. Open the aft bilge cover and open the leg of the Y-valve that is presently closed to supply water to the head sink or shower. There is no hot water heater aboard the boat. In the head, there is a faucet valve mounted to the wall to the right of the sink. Pull the valve out to control water flow to the sink or to the shower.
The water fill is on the bow deck near the starboard forward cleat. The water tank is under the V-berth, and holds about 25 gallons
TOILETTE Y-VALVE & HOLDING TANK: There is a Y-valve that controls waste flow to either the holding tank, or overboard, inside the cabinet in the head. The easiest way to reach the Y-valve is to remove the 4 screws that hold the cabinet drawers in place, and pull the entire box of drawers out. This gives ample access to both the Y-valve and the holding tank hoses should they ever need replacing. Hoses were last replaced winter 2016. The holding tank and through-hulls for overboard waste pumping are just inside the large door on the head cabinet.
The pump-out access port is located on the port side of the top deck, adjacent to the window to the head.
SAIL-O-MAT WIND VANE: This self-steering device is for use only when under sail. There are 3 rigid sails for it. 1 primary and 2 spares. The wind vane works with a series of ropes and pulleys to the helm and works fantastically well in all points of sail. During the passage from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii, the sail-o-mat guided the boat 99% of the time, in all weather, under all conditions, and in all points of sail. One can steer the boat, or correct angle of course simply by turning the sail-o-mat as well after it is set. This unit was purchased for $8000. It has cosmetic wear & tear, but is otherwise in perfect condition and crucial for off shore cruising.
ANCHORS & WINDLASS: The boat has two anchors. The primary anchor is mounted on the bow and is a CQR-like “plow” anchor that I over-sized for this boat. It has amazing holding power in sand, mud, and rocks. There is 35 ft of chain and 300 ft of brand new all-nylon rode that was purchased brand new just before sail from San Francisco to Hawaii in October 2017. There is a 2nd anchor in the lazarette. The 2nd anchor is a Danforth anchor with 15 ft of chain and 200 ft of 5/8 rode.
SAIL INVENTORY: All sails are hanked on. One triple reef main that reaches the top of the mast made by UK Sails. A 130% Genoa also made by UK sails that extends from the deck to the top of the mast. Both sails are in good condition. The Genoa has had one tear on the leech that was repaired with stitching and sail tape. One spare smaller main sail that does not reach the top of the mast; one spare single-reefable jib made by Dewitt sails that is in very good condition, but was bought used and not made for this boat so it is a bit small, but a GREAT sail in heavy weather.
One North Sails storm jib
DINGHY: the dinghy is oar powered, with oarlocks and oars are in the lazarette. There is no motor. There is a delamination where the floor meets the starboard side tube, but the tubes hold air incredibly well, and the dinghy has a hinged wooden floor. There is a well working foot pump in the lazarette.