The Columbia 5.5 Meter was introduced in 1963
as a one-design class racing yacht and built to the 5.5 Meter international
The design was taken from Carina,
a 5.5 meter designed and built by Sigurd Herburn
of Oslo, Norway. Carina won the 1958
Scandinavian Games Gold Cup and was a pure
racer that was as beautiful as she was quick.
Columbia Yachts purchased Carina,
modified and refined the design, and produced
the Columbia 5.5 meter. Less than 50 of these
flush deck racers were built.
The 5.5 meter was later modified
by Columbia and received a new model designation
- "Saber." The Saber was a cruising
version of the 5.5, with a raised deck, bunks
for four and other amenities. Between 300 and
400 Sabers were built between 1963 and 1969.
- Length Overall 32' 5"
- Length Waterline 25' 0"
- Draft 4' 4"
- Beam 6' 3"
- Displacement 4,500 lbs.
- Ballast (lead) 2,800 lbs.
- Sail Area 312 sq. ft.