well you want to race
I've done that on some occasions, although my j/40 is a strict cruiser.
First off, 50k is probably high for a new carbon stick alone, but price
it out. the additional costs comes in new standing rigging
, running rigging
You mentioned your sails
are fairly new. Well, a new rig means recut or new sails. just add that in.
If you want race
performance, another option for an older boat may be a new keel
. If you have an older shoal keel
, that should be upgraded first.
But I am assuming you don't. You have good sails, a good boat (what model C&C
Another option is talk to a boat designer
. If you have enough to consider a new carbon rig, you definitely need to call up a designer
and get some ideas/quotes.
finally, my Ultimate recommendation: buy a thistle/Vanguard 15/laser/etc that is the fleet in your local area and sail it. You just get better much faster. Small boats offer more sailing with more demand on the helmsman, making him or her better and better in less time. Ultimately, you'll probably find it's way more fun than keelboats anyway (except lasers. They are too painful).