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Old 11-02-2010, 13:10   #1
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C&C 40 Suitability for Ocean Cruising?

Hi Guys, I'm keen to buy a 1981 C&C 40 for ocean cruising. Any comments on the suitability of this boat would be welcome. Thanks
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Yes!!!, why not, i own a 33 c&c for some years in the past, excelent boat, sail fantastic, just find a very very good good surveyor, and be sure that in this particular boat the hull , keel and deck are sound, lots of core construction, if the hull is dry and sound you have a excellent boat for many years, c&c are champions in the past in core construction, for me is a wonderfull boat to sail. Enjoy it.... Cheers.
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I had a C&C 32 several years ago and it was a great boat. Much better built than comparable Catalina’s, Hunters, O’Days, Benateaus, etc. As Neil said get a good surveyor as the boat hull is cored, but C&C did it right. You might look up Joli. He has a bigger C&C and is very knowledgeable!
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C&C put great hatches and ports on their boats!

We get many repairs from people with a C&C that are 30+ years old and are still great boats. The boat manufacturers used to hold quality over price reduction, the hardware is all serviceable and built to last.
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Hi Guys, I'm keen to buy a 1981 C&C 40 for ocean cruising. Any comments on the suitability of this boat would be welcome. Thanks

Almost any boat is suitable with the right fitout. But having learned to sail on a C&C-36, C&Cs wouldn't be my choice for a cruiser due to comfort motion. Just too much heel with the go fast design. I came across a nice looking C&C on-line the other day. Had a great layout inside and I'm sure it is fast at sea and comfortable in port. But one look at that pointy helm seat told me the story on what it would be like on the water long term.

So just comes down to the ride that you will like overall.
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C & C built some really good boats. I had a 32, 35 III and a 40. The forty was raced successfully and was a comfortable boat, and yes, dry. But one of its charactertistcs is it had a tendency to hobby horse, hence, not a great ocean yacht. With a roundish bottom and relatively short waterline in today's standards, there are better choices. Pricewise, it is a lot of boat.
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I had a C&C 32 several years ago and it was a great boat. Much better built than comparable Catalina’s, Hunters, O’Days, Benateaus, etc. As Neil said get a good surveyor as the boat hull is cored, but C&C did it right. You might look up Joli. He has a bigger C&C and is very knowledgeable!
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Now why would you go and say something like that.. You must have some sort of degree in boat building and have di-sected hundreds of boat to come up with a remark like that.. or you're just blowing smoke........
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Now why would you go and say something like that.. You must have some sort of degree in boat building and have di-sected hundreds of boat to come up with a remark like that.. or you're just blowing smoke........
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Next Question, ; Where would I start looking for a used windvane,; Monitor, Aries or Fleming at a reasonable price. I am from South Africa and when I come to fetch my boat will not have too much time to shop around. Al leads welcome. Kevin.
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Next Question, ; Where would I start looking for a used windvane,; Monitor, Aries or Fleming at a reasonable price. I am from South Africa and when I come to fetch my boat will not have too much time to shop around. Al leads welcome. Kevin.
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Re: C&C 40 Suitability for Ocean Cruising?

woah, its been a while since I made contact. so busy. after making several suitability enquiries I eventually bought a 50' Samson C-Breeze out of Auckland. I'm changing the name which was Celeste Rose , not sure what to. I got her in June and brought her down to Napier where she has been on the hardstand since. Some blistering on the hull, ended up as a hull strip down, some voids and soft areas being replaced, and a complete covering of epoxy fairing applied. I am about to paint the hull soon. I also had the cockpit completely repaired and its ready for a coat of paint. hoping to go into the water in next two weeks. been a major really, feel a bit taken for a ride by the broker, cost me an arm and a leg, but hey, i've got a nearly new boat. next thing is the masts, both main and mizzen had rot, replacing them both with ally I think. any other owners out there want to make contact please feel free. be afew years b4 we set off fo the big blue but the boats a start eh.
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sorry, thought i was on a general open chat there, S
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Re: C&C 40 Suitability for Ocean Cruising?

Hi from the West Indies ! What have you purchased ? Are you happy with your decision ? Thanks for answering
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