Economical boat from the early s

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

24' 4" 24' 4" 18' 0" 3' 4" 32' 9"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 46%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

not specified by builder

Columbia Yachts

1963-1967?

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 5,700 lbs.

The Challenger was Columbia's "economy model," with essentially the same hull and sail plan as the Columbia Contender 24 (page 283), but instead of a trunk cabin with doghouse, the Challenger has a raised deck. Back in 1963, she was $1,000 less expensive than the doghouse version "due to substantial savings in production cost," according to an ad of the time. In the early days, a company called Glas Laminates built not only the Contender 24 and Challenger 24 for Columbia Yachts, but also molded the hulls for the Wayfarer Yacht Corporation's Islander 24 and Islander Bahama 24 (shown below), two boats with amazingly similar dimensions and appearance to their Columbia Yachts counterparts. The most significant difference would appear to be the lapstrake topsides molded into the Wayfarer products, missing on the Columbia boats. Best features: When she was first introduced, this economical and relatively roomy 24-footer would be hard to beat for value. Worst features: The 4-berth layout is similar to the Contender 24, but simplified, with cooking gear optional. Some sailors might prefer the extra amenities available in the doghouse model (and in many other boats).

Avg. Max. Motion Space No. of Head-

LOD Beam MinDr Displ Bllst SA/D D/L PHRF Speed Index Index Berths room

24' 0" 7' 10" 3' 5" 3,400 1,800 20.8 190 264 6.0 15.9 318 4 4' 6"

24' 0" 7' 10" 3' 3" 3,600 1,600 19.3 264 258 5.7 17.8 324 4 4' 9"

24' 4" 8' 0" 3' 4" 3,930 1,800 18.4 301 258 5.7 19.0 360 4 4' 0"

Comps

Islander Bahama 24 Columbia Contender 24 Columbia Challenger 24

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