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
"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
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.
-Columbia Yacht Corporation 1966 Annual Report
The Columbia 50 has achieved classic status and
today has an enthusiast website devoted exclusively
to her at columbia50.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.