As much as I love the CAL 34, I’d much rather have a Columbia 34 MK2 SD or Columbia 34 MK2 CB. What can I say but that extra bit of shoal draft makes all the difference.
Another reason I like Bill Tripp’s design is its great foredeck that’s big enough for a dinghy without encumbering sailing the boat. With the CAL, I always find that deploying or retrieving an anchor requires moving the dinghy or some fancy footwork.
Most folks might be interested in the fact that this Columbia has a lot more headroom than most boats of similar size and age.
I mention this because I saw a Columbia 34 MK2 for sale in the PNW for $1.5K. It obviously needs some work but seriously, what fifty-year old boat doesn’t? The big question is which keel does it have? I’ll be honest and say that if the boat was for sale down here I’d be all over it in a New York second.