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Old 16-06-2012, 11:25   #1
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C&C yachts from the mid 80's

Just to head off the "google it" or "search it" crowd, please know I have! I have tried a number of combinations on C & C on this site and it's pulling up no matches but I am sure I've read stuff on here in the past about C & C boats... so my apologies in advance if I'm asking for info that has been provided somewhere I can't find it.

My question: C&C from the late 80's, especially around the 30 foot range - does anyone own/ have sailed one? What was the C&C build quality reputation from that era? Problem areas? Experiences?
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Old 18-06-2012, 13:09   #2
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

Really? Nothing? No thoughts/ info/ experience/ horror stories to share?
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Old 18-06-2012, 13:17   #3
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

C&C had a good rep. as a production boat builder. One of the most successful of East Coast builders with mainly a performance orientation. Biggest issue for me is they were an early adopter of balsa coring hulls. They seem to have done a good job of building them as a I haven't heard of any issues with the coring. Doesn't mean it can't happen, just that there must be a big problem or more negatives would have shown up on the internet. The Redline 41 has always been a boat that I've lusted after.
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Old 18-06-2012, 14:25   #4
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

i've owned an '81 34' C&C on Lake Superior for close to five years. Great boat for northern climes (portlights don't open). Good build quality, comfortable dry ride, good performance and most parts still available. Lots of info available @ C&C Yachts - C&C Photo Album & Resource Center
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

I've sailed 7 days on a C&C-36. Fast boat with the rail in the water (was dragging my hand in the water from the helm), more of a racer than a cruiser. Normal things to look for; wet deck core from the alum rail and hull core due to that coring. Rep for quality was normal for the day and doesn't really matter much, all that matters is the condition the boat is in now!
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Old 18-06-2012, 16:14   #6
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

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 , keel stub, and rotting around the stringers close to mast step due bilge water.
3- Bulkheads integrity, rott, shifting, delamination.
4- ruder bearings , tabing around ruder post.
5- rigging , 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.
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

Just finished reading over the review of the C&C Landfall 35 in Gregg Nestor's "Twenty Affordable Sailboats......" Not many caveats, but you should read it yourself to get a feel for C&C as a company and builder.
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

I raced on a 32' and a 34 in the 80's, I loved them both but they were popular "club racers" and some were raced pretty hard. Have a good survey and it will be a lot of fun.
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

I've sailed on a C&C34 here in NZ which I thought was a decent all around cruising boat. Prehaps more suited to offshore/coastal in shape than more modern boats with wide flat bottoms, but the volume is still okey and prices are good.

A half dozen were built here in solid glass in the early 80's, the local designed racer/cruisers at the time were much ligher and faster so C&C's never took off.
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

Really appreciate everyone's thoughts and info... thanks all.
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Re: C&C yachts from the mid 80's

Just a thought... Many forums have limits on the minimum length string on which it will search. 3 characters ( ie C&C ) is often too short. Also & is often a 'special' character and is difficult to search for. Certainly there have been loads of posts about C&C on Cruisersforum so the search not finding anything is surely a software problem.

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