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.