Whensday is a 1973 Vince Lazara designed center cockpit 41 foot cutter rigged ketch.
She has a 50 horse power Perkins diesel auxilary engine (4-108). Her dimensions are 41' on deck, 33' at the waterline, 12' on the beam, 5.75' draft and displaces 28,000 lbs. As you can see in the pictures to the right a sizable bow pulpit has been added and the sail raised to a full rig. Also, davits and solar panels are extended over the stern to make her over-all length 50'. Below she has 6.7' of standing head room. There is a v-berth with a full head, aft state room with full head, engine room, galley, and salon. (that's two bedrooms, two baths to you Mom)
A little History:
Vince Lazzara who, in 1960, bought controlling interest in Dick Valdes and Maurice Threinen’s Glass Marine Industries after selling AeroMarine to Grumman.
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Lazzara renamed the company Columbia Yacht Corporation, after the America’s Cup Twelve Meter. He bought the molds of Charley Morgan’s Sabre, which had nearly won the 1964 SORC. It became the prototype of the Columbia 40, which sold well for the new company. And Morgan’s 28-foot Tiger Cub, which had been built “essentially as one-offs,” became the Columbia 31.
Lazzara called Valdes and Threinen “two good fiberglass boys in their early twenties. My main contribution was financial and establishing the dealership organization—I became the distributor for the whole United States. But I was also involved in manufacturing, models, some design…I guess that’s about it.”
When the Whittaker Corporation bought Columbia Yachts in 1967, Lazzara was forced to sign a three-year, no-compete contract, but the agreement applied only to certain kinds of boats. By then living in St. Petersburg, Florida, Lazzara quickly established a new company called Sea Rover to build fiberglass houseboats, which he sold two and a half years later to Apeco. Then, when Apeco went bankrupt, he bought back the molds and resold them to a Kansan who produced them under the name Holiday Mansion. In 1971, he formed Gulfstar. The first boat it produced was a 36-foot motor-sailer. In 1973 it built the Gulfstar 41 center-cockpit sailboat and in the next year began private labeling boats for others, including yachts for charter companies that included CSY, Bill Stevens, the Moorings, La Vida, and Bahamas Yachting Services.
Gulfstar added motor yachts to the lineup in 1977 and ten years later, three years after the sailboat market “went to pot,” ceased building sailboats altogether. That same year, Gulfstar merged with motor yacht manufacturer Viking to form Viking-Gulfstar.
Meanwhile, Whittaker had unloaded some of the Columbia molds to a Canadian company called Aura in Huron Park, Ontario, in 1984. The sale was prompted, no doubt, by the same slow market that convinced Lazzara to quit building sailboats. Aura built only the latest Columbia designs—the Columbia7.6, 8.7, 10.7, and the 35-footer designed by Australian America’s Cup designer Alan Payne (as well as the Hughes 35 and 40 it had picked up from Hughes Boat Works, a division of North Start Yachts in the same Canadian city). But not for long. Its last year was 1986.
The other Columbia molds were in different directions, including to P&M Worldwide of Costa Mesa (later Worldcruiser Yachts), which tried selling a number of discontinued models that reads like the membership of a hall of fame for production fiberglass cruising sailboats; John Letcher’s Aleutka 26, the Westsail 32, the Ericson Cruising 36, the Westsail 39, and the lovely Columbia 50.
By the mid-1980s, the last reverberations of the Columbia name were silent. The giant was dead, slain by the fickle boating business.