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Columbia 8.3 27ft Cruiser

1977 Columbia 8.3 27ft Cruiser


Year: 1977

City: St Augustine, FL

Stock: bb2e40

Condition: excellent

Make: Columbia

Propulsion: sail

Price: $9,500

Listing: By Owner

Status: Available

Length: 27'

Model: 8.3

Engine hours: -

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I bought this boat almost five years ago. I taught myself how to sail on it. It was exclusively a freshwater summer boat until last fall when I decided to take it from Erie Pennsylvania across the Erie canal, down the Hudson and down the ICW to St Augustine. It has been a wonderful companion and I am sad to let it go. But I’ve been smitten by another boat and I must leave my first love behind. :-).

It was designed by Alan Payne and built in 1977. It has the distinctive wineglass transom he is famous for. It is set up for solo sailing with a furling jib and the main halyard led back to the cockpit. There’s room for two more lines to feed back.

Two Lewmar self tailing winches.

Hawkeye depth guage

Raymarine ST40 Speed indicator

Brand new unused main sail – old one is still good.

30HP Universal Atomic 4 engine with PerTronix 1146A electronic ignition that runs perfectly. It never let me down on the two month trip from Erie.

Manual toilet with a new 14 gal. holding tank.

Two burner Princess alcohol stove

Stainless sink with foot pump and 30 gal water tank.

The V-berth can sleep two and the main cabin has two more settee bunks so theoretically four people can sleep. That would be for short stays over a weekend. But realistically I’d say two people max when you take account of the stuff you need to live on board for any length of time.

6’1" headroom.

Lots of storage space for equipment & supplies.

Includes a SetPower refrigerator and two Renogy 100W solar panels so you can go off grid for some time.

Bottom last painted 2021

The boat is in the water in St Augustine ready to sail when you are.


Length: 27.08 ft

Beam: 9.25 ft

Draft: 4.4 ft

Displacement: 7,300 lb

Ballast: 3,100 lb

Rig: Masthead Sloop

Engine: Universal Atomic 4 (30HP)


* Water: 30 gal

* Gasoline: 15 gal

* Holding: 14 gal

Berths: 4

Headroom: 6.1 ft

Stove: Princess 2 burner alcohol

Refrigerator: SetPower AJ50G (53qt)

Solar: Renogy 100W X 2 + Wanderer charge controller

Batteries: Autocraft 24DC-1, Duralast 27DP-DL, ProSport 20 marine battery charger


This is a review of the Columbia 8.7 which is essentially the same as the 8.3.
The 8.7 is 16 inches (.4m) longer.

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