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Old 09-09-2013, 11:46   #1
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C&C 40 1978

I am looking at a 1978 C&C 40. it has a 7' draft. Is this going to cause me major problems in Lake Erie? I will be sailing in the Sandusky, and island areas.

Will go on distant trip, but mainly Lake Erie.

Any known weak areas on this boat?


39 ft 7 in
31 ft 6 in
12 ft 8 in
Max Bridge Clearance:
57 ft
Max Draft:
7 ft
7910 lb
17100 lb
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:54   #2
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Look at the chart around Sandusky and west. You'll have to be extremely careful with that deep of draft. I'm at about 5'9 loaded and went aground (soft) a few times outside the shipping channel transiting the Detroit river to head east. The islands area are not all that deep and I'd think you'd be happier with a lesser draft. If you head east the concerns reduce considerably. With your planned sailing grounds I'd look for 5' or less if it were me. I'd suggest 5'-5.5' max for best flexibility.

Even at 6' it's harder to find places to tie up or get fuel where the lake is deeper to the east.

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Old 10-09-2013, 12:52   #3
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Re: C&C 40 1978

The through bolts in the mast that connect the toggle ends of the rod rigging are prone to failure on those years in general. THis usually causes the loss of the rig.
THe caps that capture the rod rigging ends on the mast are held to the mast with an aluminum double ended bolt, the caps just screw onto it. Since there are internal halyards on those models any boats with wire/line halyards run the risk of sawing those through bolts in half, especially if the halyards have been run incorrectly at some point in it's life.
I inspected and replaced those on a C&C I purchased 12 years ago, the existing bolts were sawed about halfway through when I pulled the mast.
Otherwise, keel to hull joint, which is true for any external, bolted on keel with w deep draft. Decks are cored so check to see how well the deck fittings and through deck holes have been sealed.
Some had a little blistering but were better than average for fiberglass vessels of that vintage, C&C built solid boats at that time and most I have seen had decent quality layups.
If it was a colored gel coat it has probably been painted since the colored gel coats in those years tended to fade within a short time.
Otherwise all the same things you'd look at in any boat of that vintage, how well was it maintained, how hard was it used, how modern the equipment, how often updated?
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