The Columbia 40 was introduced in 1964 and designed by Charles E. Morgan, Jr. based on his prolific racer Sabre.
The Columbia 40 featured a full keel with centerboard and a steel frame skeleton for additional strength. The Columbia 40 brochure touts the yacht as:
“A real yacht designed to go to sea in comfort while giving top performance. Her 1966 Miami-Nassau win in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit attests to her outstanding performance, as does her 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in the over-all standings in Class C. She has several unusual features including a steel backbone for additional strength. The centerboard is hydraulically controlled from the cockpit. Below there are berths for seven, an enclosed head, a unique navigator’s table, and a complete galley. A 30 HP Universal Atomic 4 is standard equipment. Her C.C.A. rating is approximately 26.0.”
The 40 was a successful model for Columbia Yachts with approximately 60 units built, but was over-shadowed by the introduction of the Columbia 50 in 1965.
- Length Overall 39′ 2″
- Length Waterline 27′ 9″
- Draft 4′ 6″ (board up)
- Draft 9′ 0″ (board down)
- Beam 10’8″
- Displacement 18,200 lbs.
- Ballast (lead) 8,400 lbs.
- Sail Area 695 sq. ft.