Columbia Stuff et Cetera
On July 1, 2001, my wife and I took possession of "Mystic," a 36-foot Columbia sloop. The boat was manufactured in 1969 in Costa Mesa. It was purchased at a boat show. I'm not sure of the delivery date. It was sailed around the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento River Delta by my father-in-law until about 1996, when my brother-in-law took it over. He berthed it in Emeryville for a couple of years.
The boat is practically in original condition. There have been a few modifications, such as added storage spaces, but the electronics, etc., are all 1969 vintage. Many things do not work, such as the relative wind indicator,knotmeter/log, a few lights and the depth finder. We're working on all that and more now. One thing we won't have to replace are the keel bolts, which my brother-in-law replaced at great expense a few years ago, when the boat nearly sank and the keel nearly fell off.
Expenses such as that and the $175 per month marina charge, plus the fact that he rarely used it, led him to turn it over to us.
The first day I owned it, I had to go up the mast while under sail in heavy chop to free a stuck spinnaker halyard. Scary, especially for a powerboater, lubber-type like me.
Now I'm refurbishing it, and all on a public high school teacher's salary.
Contained in this page are various pictures of the boat and the projects I am undertaking related to it.
Also here are scans of brochures and other ephemera related to it. I hope you find it interesting.
The PO of the Mystic got these brochures at the boat show where he arranged to buy the vessel.
The Columbia Story
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The Columbia 36
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This is a link to scans of Form YSM - 2/69, which lists all the repair parts for the A4. It's from 1969, and contains some pictures of old style and new style engines.
Fresh Water Cooling Brochure
The PO considered it as an option, but passed. It's still seawater cooled.
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My Rebuilding Project
Official Atomic Four Photo - This photo was sent to the PO when he had trouble with his oil pressure. Universal had gone to a new set-up which didn't work so well. After complaining to the company, he was sent a new, slightly-larger, pressure control ball. The photo has a note directing his attention to the oil pressure control screw.
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The Columbia Warranty
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The PO complained to Columbia regarding a variety of problems he had with the boat as delivered.
These are the original lists from Columbia, circa 1969
The Original Cash Register Receipt for the purchase of the boat
A picture Aries Windvane, circa 1969, provided by the maker, Nick Franklin. The vane cost $448 in 1972.