About the Boat

She’s an “old” 1969 Columbia 36.  We bought her back in the summer of 2010 from a gentleman named Scott in San Diego.  He had owned her for some ten years, and told us the interesting story of her earlier years.

Seems that the previous owner used her for running cocaine back and forth between southern California and Hawaii.  After one of his runs, he got in touch with the boat yard that Scott’s parents owned.  He wanted to have her completely refitted and painted.  After a few months of work was done, Scott’s father received a phone call from an attorney that explained the owner had been arrested for drug trafficking and was going to be in jail for a very long time.  The boat was finished and Scott ended up buying the boat from his parents’ yard and enjoyed her until we bought her.  Scott installed a new Yanmar diesel in her in 2006, and when we bought her, the diesel only had 50 hours on it.  As it turns out, his girlfriend was not too keen on sailing, and so Scott eventually decided to sell her (the boat, although we joked with him that perhaps he should get rid of the girlfriend instead).

Previous history is a bit sketchy, but she has evidently had two other names before her current name of “Footprints”.  She was evidently originally christened “La La Jollan”, as evidenced by the compass adjustment chart that was attached  to the underside of the chart table at the nav station, which is dated September 15, 1969 and signed by Captain C.S. Judson, USN Retired, a commander of the naval vessel Koiner.  The company that handled the compass adjustments prior to the boat being delivered was “Gray and Judson Compass Adjusters” of San Diego.  Her hull number was later registered as “Wet One Too” by one owner, Dan & Lori DeLane from Redondo Beach.  Information on the Delanes is really sketchy, but it seems that Dan Delane passed away several years ago.  The Delanes evidently owned at least one more sailboat and sailed/raced along the southern California coast from time to time.  Beyond that her history is unknown until the drug runner sold her to Scott.

The Columbia 36 was available as a sloop or a yawl.  They were built between 1968 and 1973, and there were probably around 500-600 built, and they were built typically heavy for the boats of that vintage.  Designed by William Crealock, she is a fast sloop.  The main drawback that I have experienced, is that the boat’s interior is more cramped than I would like.  This is mainly due to the 10′ 6″ beam, but the narrower beam does help her to be a faster boat.  She has easily reached 7.2 knots in 12-15 knots of wind.

As with most Columbias, there is ample storage, but you have to cut out and install cabinet doors to access it.  Columbias were typically a less expensive boat, and the did not include a lot of extras.  We have upgraded and added a lot to our boat in the two years we have owned her, as we are readying her for an extended voyage into the south Pacific.  Upgrades are as follows…

  • Installed holding tank with macerator and vent – original toilet was plumbed over the side (typical of 1969)
  • Installed new toilet with all new plumbing
  • Installed windlass with larger anchor, stern anchor
  • Installed radar
  • Installed GPS
  • Installed autopilot
  • Installed AIS receiver
  • Installed Ham radio, SW radio, weather fax software, plotting and route software with maps
  • Installed refrigeration
  • Installed 2200 watt inverter
  • Installed solar panels (60 watts)
  • Installed wind generator (400 watts)
  • Bought/installed upgraded 80 amp alternator to replace stock 60 amp
  • Installed flat screen TV
  • Installed new marine stereo with memory card/USB slots
  • Bought small arc welder
  • Upgraded to larger propane tank
  • New shower head
  • Installed shower sump and pump
  • Replaced hot water heater coil and plumbed to engine
  • Repainted all interior bulkheads
  • Hinged settee back and cut storage openings behind
  • Stripped/revarnished all exterior and interior teak
  • Replaced spreader lights
  • Installed shelves in hanging lockers
  • Moved back of settee towards center and built cabinets and shelves behind seatback
  • Installed oil lamp
  • Installed dodger and bimini
  • Installed steering pedestal
  • Installed new galley faucet

I’ve been up the mast three times to inspect, replace bulbs, and install the radar radome.  Been in and out of most of the nooks and crannies in the boat, and have a good understanding of how all the systems work.  I’ve learned more than I could have known about the inner workings of a sailboat and how to maintain one.


  • 36 MkII
  • Length Overall: 35′ 9″ 36′ 2″
  • Length Waterline: 28′ 3″ 28′ 3″
  • Beam: 10′ 6″ 10′ 6″
  • Draft: 5′ 5″ 5′ 3″
  • Headroom: 6′ 4″
  • Sail Area: 557 sq. ft. 557 sq. ft.
  • Displacement: 12,000 lbs. 13,200 lbs.
  • Ballast: 5,000 lbs. (lead) 5,000 lbs.
  • Vertical Clearance: 45′ 8″
  • Water: 44 gals. (plus six for water heater)
  • Fuel: 29 gals. (x two tanks)
  • Engine: 30 hp Atomic 4
  • Universal 30 hp
  • CCA Rating 32.7
  • Designer: William W. Crealock
  • Price Less Sails: $18,950

Modifications and additions to the original equipment above:

  • Additional 29 gallon fuel tank
  • Six gallon hot water heater
  • Holding tank with macerator, new toilet
  • Marine VHF radio
  • Shortwave radio/laptop/GPS with fax and navigation software
  • GPS/Depth
  • Power inverter
  • Honda generator
  • Larger 20 pound propane tank
  • Yanmar 3YM30 30 hp diesel
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Roller furling Genoa
  • Radar
  • Shower sump
  • Additional storage