Columbia 27, 1977, Canyon Lake Marina, Canyon Lake, Texas, $10,500, sold 4/27/08

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1977 Columbia 27

  • 8.3m (27 feet)
  • Fin Keel
  • Sails: Main & 135 furling genoa in Very Good condition
  • Power: Rebuilt Atomic 4 (250 hrs)
  • Exterior: Interlux white with tan non-skid & green stripe all in very good condition, no damage to hull or deck anywhere.
  • Complete bottom job with barrier coat performed in 2006.
  • Custom interior.


  • Roller Furling
  • Mermaid Marine Air
  • Binnacle Compass
  • Depth
  • Speed (not functioning)
  • VHF radio
  • Anchor with tackle
  • Full engine instrumentation incl. tach.
  • two deep cycle batteries
  • sailcover in good condition
  • whisker pole.

    Summary: Classical Glass is a strong seaworthy vessel with a beautifully balanced helm. Designed by acclaimed Australian America’s Cup yacht designer Alan Payne, she is fast and forgiving and handles heavy air beautifully. In the local phrf fleet she has won her class and never finished lower than 3rd.


  • Model Name Columbia 8.3
  • Model Number 279
  • Length Overall 27'2" 8.3 m
  • Designed Load Waterline Length 21'3" 6.5 m
  • Beam 9'4" 2.8 m
  • Draft 4'4" 1.3 m
  • Displacement 7,300 lbs. 3,311 kg
  • Ballast 3,100 lbs. 1,400 kg
  • Rig Sloop
  • Maximum Cabin Headroom 6'1" 1.85 m
  • Sleeping Capacity 4
  • Vertical Clearance 38'6" 11.8 m
  • Designer Alan Payne

    Comments by her designer: " There has always been the thing that cruising yachts were a kind of watered-down version of current racing yachts. The amount of design thought that has gone into cruising yachts was nowhere near what it should have been. The Super-Cruiser design is intended to be a balance of good handling qualities, safety and ability in rough weather and speed. The interesting and special thing about this design is the very good performance which has been achieved over the whole range of cruising requirements."

    "The final satisfactory result was achieved by combining a wide beam, a flat-bottomed shape amidships with firm bilges, and bow and stern shapes which are different to the shapes adopted nowadays in rather thoughtless imitation of shapes which have been developed to fit the geometry of racing rule."

    "The bow shape has been chosen principally for it's effect on steering. The U-shape reduces weather helm when the Yacht is heeled and makes the boat much easier to steer in a following sea. On top of the veed stern there is a fairly wide spreading out transom in the style of the early American yachts like the schooner 'America'. This stern confers useable deck space and acts as a very good pitch dampening device when the yacht is heeled over."

    "The net result of the bow, midships, and stern shapes is a boat which imparts tremendous confidence in rough weather. It keeps going fast, it has an easy motion, it is dry, and it is easy to steer. It is also stiff and stable and carries it's sail well. It's a boat with which the owner can go on board and find that she is particularly easy to manage in all sailing conditions."

    I sold the Columbia awhile back, maybe 6 weeks. I e-mailed you immediately and have been wondering why I am still getting hits on the ad. I guess my e-mail didn't go through. Sorry if I messed it up. I am very appreciative of what you are doing. I started getting calls immediately. Your's is a great website.
    Thank you, thank you,
    Canyon Lake, Texas

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