Monday, March 4, 2013

I can finally stop watching "Revenge"

I think this is the boat from the first season, a Hinkley 47. See earlier post for details.
My wife and I can finally stop watching "Revenge," the ABC drama that features a Columbia 43, because they blew up and sank the boat.

We kinda enjoyed the first season of the show. The writing was pretty good and it had an interesting setting. But the second season got sillier and sillier. The latest episode 14, "Sacrifice," which we watched on Hulu, may be the silliest of all, especially if you know anything about boats. This recap captures the flavor of the episode. But the episode also had some great shots of Blue Norther, the Columbia 43 that plays the role of the sailboat Amanda.

In the dramatic conclusion, there is a shootout aboard the boat and a propane tank is hit, filling the boat with gas and the bad guy blows up the boat. It then burns and sinks. All pretty crazy and far fetched.

My question is: how did they do it without hurting the boat? It's pretty clear to me that the underwater shots of the sunken boat are not a Columbia 43. It looks much smaller. Did they have a set made of the interior of the boat? Was it all special effects? I hope the boat is OK. If anyone knows, please let me know in the comments.

Blue Norther is hull number 11 of the Columbia 43s. This picture was featured on the cover of one of the company's brochures for the Columbia 43. Blue Norther sails out of Marina del Rey, Calif.


  1. Hey,

    nice blog. i have been looking at some Columbia 43's myself. Is your hull balsa cored? do you have a drawing of the redone interior layout? i'm really curious to see how your boat is done.



  2. Thanks JC. My Columbia 43 has balsa core starting about a foot above the waterline and going down almost to the keel. It seems to be in good shape, although talking to the previous owner last week he said he repaired some soft spots around the engine when he took it out to rebuild it.

    I've made a drawing of the new interior layout. I'll put together a blog post about it soon with some pictures.

    Thanks for reading.

    Brandon Ford