Columbia 9.6M Racer-Cruiser


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General Description:
We use her as a racer/cruiser and she has proven herself with multiple wins and season trophies on Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico. New 155% Genoa 2014 from Advanced Sails in St. Pete, as well as recent UK Dacron cruising main. Cherub has also been fitted with a inner forestay that can be attached quickly and then sailed as a cutter for strong winds, while still maintaining speed and upwind ability. She also has a nice pink on pink asymmetrical cruising spinnaker that we use for light air days. Cherub has proven to be a very strong dry boat at sea. Glassed-in stringers run throughout length of hull stiffening hull and making for a very durable safe boat in all kinds of weather. Cherub is a fun safe strong boat to go fast in, without breaking the bank.

General Description:
1976 Racer-cruiser, Sloop rigged with optional ready to use clutter rig and staysail
Wheel steering
Recent Westerbeke 17hp Diesel less than 250 hours
Great weekend cruiser fast and fun comfortable
Swim ladder for getting to dinghy
Full cockpit bimni to provide full sun protection
Rail mounted propane grill
Cockpit washoff shower - for after swims

Improvements and Upgrades:
New Westerbeke 2MB 17hp 2 cylinder diesel that we installed when we got the boat in 2006
Run-dry Impellor replacement system that requires only thumbscrews
Dual fuel filters, switchable while engine is running
New 155% Genoa 2014
Recent UK Dacron cruising main 2008
All lines run to cockpit with rope clutches for safety and ease of use
Raymarine electronics for depth, knot log and wind speed and directional instruments 2006
New LED Tricolor mast lights and painted mast 2006
Sail covers and fitted Bimini top with zip out center section and observation window - 2006
New non-skid Alkyd Deck Paint and primer - Christmas 2014
2013 House batter - starter/deep cycle
2013 pair of deep cycle golf cart batteries hard wired to inverter for house use
TrueCharger Marine Electronic battery charger with LED monitor
1500w sine-wave inverter 2010
Microwave oven that operates off the inverter
200w inverter
Propane alarm and remote relay system for stove with stank and hoses.
Bottom was faired and sealed and epoxy barrier coated in 2010 - no blisters were found.
2-bladed folding prop (adds 1 knot of boat speed)
Pressure water pump and freshwater cockpit hose off
Engine compartment sound absorption installed 2014
Marine stereo with speakers, Aux ready for ipod/iphone
Hauled and inspected with new bottom paint 2014
New interior cloth hull lining 2014
Ports all replaced 2014 - leak free
Spare main and 150 roller furling genoa (without sun cover)
Spare engine maintenance parts for anodes filters etc.
Bow roller with anchor, spare 30lb anchore and chain
Cockpit cushions
Recent white perforated vinyl hull liner - easy to clean
Matching settee cushions and v-berth cushions

Boat is hauled every 2 years, bottom scrubbed and repainted.
Major fairing and barrier coat installed 2010
Engine oil changed every 50 hours
Bottom is scrubbed once a month in winter and twice in summer
Boat was beer-can raced almost every weekend for 6 years as well as winter cup races, running gear is all in good shape(nothing harsh or long offshore races)
Sails have been either replaced or washed and maintained frequently


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Columbia 9.6M Racer-Cruiser was posted on 05-10-2019 by CampFireJack in the Sailboats forum.
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