I own a 33 ft from the 80s long time ago for about 5 years, and i rebuild
the rig and engine
in a landfall 42 this last 6 months here in st marteen, for sure i can tell you this, this boats are cored all the way from bottom to top, that mean if the previous owners do basic maintenance
in bottom and decks like a barrier coat or complety full bottom job if the boat is 25 or more years old and the fittings in decks are well installed and no water ingress in the core, this boats will be fine for more years to come, now like always in life , sometimes people forget to install properly a truhull , screw stuff in deck
no properly, and with time what you have is a full laminated roted core old boat, and very expensive and tough to repair .
To me this is the basic points to lookout in a c&c-
1- moisture, sounding , damaged in hull
bottom and deck.
2- Keel bolts
stub, and rotting around the stringers close to mast
step due bilge
3- Bulkheads integrity, rott, shifting, delamination
4- ruder bearings , tabing around ruder post.
, many still have the original Navtec rod, others swicht to wire,
tough to inspect rod .
6- Many are sailed hard or raced, panliners sometimes feel loose in some places due glue breaking or separated.
And many pros in my opinion.
1- beautifull hull lines .
2- the top aluminium cap rail is a bonus and is very sturdy.
3- This boats sail very well in almost any condition, beating, reaching, off the wind
4- low weight in most cases-
5- Quality of construction for me is very good.
6- Ventilation, many included 2 big hatches in top of the roof
7- Sail gear
and control lines are well designed and fited.
In overall aspects a good old boat, keep in mind that many of this boats are the so called racer
/ cruisers , meaning short fuel tanks
and water tanks