The Columbia 50 was introduced in 1965 for delivery in 1966. The Columbia Yacht Corporation first-half financial report notes that six of the new sleek 50’s were sold prior to her debut in 1966.
“Among the new yachts in construction, the Columbia 50—designed by—Bill Tripp, will be one of the most luxurious ocean racing-cruising yachts afloat. This new flagship of the Columbia line will be launched in January 1966. Her first racing engagements will be the 1966 Southern Ocean Racing Circuit and the Acapulco Race. Already six Columbia 50’s have been sold at a base price of $50,000 (without sails)”
-Columbia Yacht Corporation 1966 Annual Report
The Columbia 50 captured some noteworthy victories, such as winning her class in the 1966 Chicago-Mackinac and first overall in 1967. She also won her class in the 1967 TRANSPAC and Newport to Ensenada races.
The Columbia 50 has achieved classic status and today has an enthusiast website devoted exclusively to her at www.columbia50.weebly.com. She was an outstanding example of blending comfort and performance, and therefore was one of Dick Valdes’ favorite Columbias.
- Length Overall 50′ 0″
- Length Waterline 33′ 3″
- Draft 6′ 6¾ “
- Beam 12′ ½”
- Displacement 32,000 lbs.
- Ballast (lead) 14,600 lbs.
- Sail Area 977 sq. ft.