# Columbia 5.5

1963 — 1965
Designer
Sigurd Herburn/Columbia Yachts
Builder
Columbia Yachts
Associations
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# Built
50
Hull
Monohull
Keel
Fin
Rudder
?
Construction
FG

### Dimensions

Length Overall
32 4 / 9.9 m
Waterline Length
25 0 / 7.6 m
Beam
6 3 / 1.9 m
Draft
4 3 / 1.3 m
Displacement
4,500 lb / 2,041 kg
Ballast
2,800 lb / 1,270 kg (Lead)

### Rig and Sails

Type
Sloop
Reported Sail Area
312′² / 29 m²
Total Sail Area
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Sail Area
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P
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E
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Air Draft
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Sail Area
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I
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J
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Forestay Length
?

Make
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Model
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HP
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Fuel Type
?
Fuel Capacity
?

### Accomodations

Water Capacity
?
Holding Tank Capacity
?
?
Cabins
?

Hull Speed
9.1 kn
Classic: 6.7 kn

### Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Formula

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

9.12 knots
Classic formula: 6.7 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
18.3
16-20: good performance

### Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

Formula

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

• SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
• D: Displacement in pounds.
18.32
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
Ballast/Displacement
62.2
>40: stiffer, more powerful

### Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Formula

Ballast / Displacement * 100

62.22
<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
128.6
100-200: light

### Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

Formula

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

• D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
• LWL: Waterline length in feet
128.56
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
22.0
20-30: coastal cruiser

### Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Formula

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

• D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
• LWL: Waterline length in feet
• LOA: Length overall in feet
• Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
22.02
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
1.5
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

### Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

Formula

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

• Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
• D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
1.52
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising

### Notes

First advertised (1963) as the COLUMBIA CLASS.
The COLUMBIA 5.5 has it’s origins with ‘Carina’, a 5.5 METER designed and built by Sigurd Herburn of Norway, winner of the 1958 Scandinavian Gold Cup.
It is said that Columbia used this boat as a plug, (with a few modifications) to build it’s own fiberglass version. Though a development class, no fiberglass 5.5 meters had been built at this time. The International 5.5 meter governing body decided that it did not conform to the class rules. The COLUMBIA 5.5 was raced as a one design class on the west coast US for a few years.
Later it was modified and received a new model designation COLUMBIA SABRE, a cruising version with a trunk cabin, bunks for four and other amenities. Between 300 and 400 SABRES were built between 1963 and 1969. A similar version was also built by Ericson Yachts as the SCORPION 32 (almost certainly from the same molds).

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