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Boat for sale: America’s Cup not included

shoppers with a nautical bent – and plenty of extra cash – should be intrigued by this historical boat for sale.

Columbia, a 1958 Nevins 12-meter racing yacht and the 17th defender of America’s Cup is going for the asking price of $1,350,000, according to a press release from Sparkman and Stephens.

Along with the prestige of owning such a historic vessel, the owner also gets the opportunity to compete in the 50th Anniversary celebration of the 12-meter competition in the America’s Cup, going on all summer long in 2009, according to the report. There will be races held in various venues, beginning in Boston, Mass. in May and ending in New York, NY in October.

The Columbia at 70 feet is now located in Newport, R.I. and underwent a major refit by New England Boatworks from 2000 to 2001 to prepare her for competitive sailing in New England waters. The teak deck was refurbished along with replacing all of the steel frames with bronze frames. The interior has been refinished with new mahogany planking and she comes with a color GPS chartplotter, mast instruments and autopilot, according to the report.

Columbia was built specifically for the 17th defense of the Cup and was the first 12-meter winner. She also beat the challenger for the UK, Sceptre, in the 1958 Cup series and continued on as a contender in the 1962, 1964 and 1967 series. Afterwards she started a new life in California as a cruising yacht and was campaigned in classic regattas in northern and southern Europe during the 80’s and 90’s. She returned to Newport in 1997 and has been a charter boat ever since.

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-Elizabeth Ellis