I cruised the Northeast and a little farther down the east coast
with the 38 as well as some racing
and found it was perfect for my use at the time, the previous owner raced it in the Newport/ Bermuda race
through some pretty challenging conditions and we both found it to be quite seaworthy
, C&C designed better balanced boats than many of their contemporaries in the IOR era. You can slow a fast boat down, you can't speed a slow boat up. I just reefed down and used the appropriate sail setup in poor conditions and found it no harder than any other boat to handle. That one also had a removeable inner forestay added to hank on a storm jib
, another thing to consider if your buying
one of the models in question. It's not hard to add as long as you do it properly. Only used it a couple times but was damn glad I had it, the storm jib
allows you to make way in poor conditions and maintain good control of the boat.
It's ability to go to wind
, sail in light wind
as well as heavy weather
and overall good sailing characteristics made it a very enjoyable boat.
I was quite aware of the draft
on it though, mine had a custom keel
and drew 7-1/2' from the waterline, this made me very aware of the depths in unfamiliar ports
and was the reason I always carried paper charts
and made sure the depth sounder
was in good shape.
One other issue was lack of a decent bow roller, I added one myself to help anchoring
become less of a chore, although it had a decent anchor locker
the space at the bow was limited and I had to make a custom bow roller setup to accommodate anchoring gear
You might want to take a good look at the anchoring setup on the boats your considering and see if it's possible to add a bow roller setup if one doesn't already exist. If they don't have one you may also want to add a windlass
, most of the C&C's I've been on had an actual anchor locker
, which seems to be an afterthought on many of the newer racer
cruisers I've seen. Adding a windlass
to the anchor
locker wouldn't be too hard depending on how it's set up. I always pulled my anchor
by hand on the 38 but found it was pretty much at the limit of my ability and wouldn't want to do it with anything larger with the appropriate anchor gear
. At the time I was pretty stout and worked out 5 days a week, don't know if I'd want to do that these days, the windlass on my current
boat is a nice benefit.
Good anchoring gear is a must.