The advice to have it surveyed is sound.
I owned a C&C 38 Racer/Cruiser, which is basically the same underbody with a different topside/interior and some other differences so I'm familiar with the model and maker.
I do know a good surveyor in Maine since my wife and I bought a boat last year in Maine and sailed it back to RI, in fact I'm in the process of selling my C&C as we speak.
If the original owner did keep up with the deck hardware
there's a good chance it's sound, if not, all bets are off. I found that the deck hardware
needed to be re-bedded about every 4-5 years, with the chainplates being done yearly.
Spider cracks in the stress areas in the deck/cockpit were common but the usual point of water ingress were the grab rails on the cabin
house and the mast
collar but the most common deck leak is at the chainplates on those models. When originally built the chainplate deck slots were not sealed with epoxy
, they were just cut through and then sealed with bedding compound, pretty common in those days.
I pulled the chainplates, cleaned out the balsa around the slot, dried it and then filled it with thickened West System, after setting milled new slots and replaced the chainplates. If your seriously going to keep this boat for any length of time you will want to do that.
Also, the masts on those boats use rod rigging
, which is solid for the most part, but, there is an aluminum
toggle bolt through the mast
at the upper rigging attachment point that the rod rigging attachment caps thread on to, if it is original I can gaurantee that it needs to be replaced, in almost everyone I've seen improperly routed internal halyards have cut through it significantly, this has been the cause of a number of dismastings. I pulled the stick and replaced it the second season I owned the boat (about 10-11 years ago), mine was cut about half way through. There aren't replacements
available these days but any decent machine shop can make one for a reasonable price
, if you go to a rigger he'll have a machine shop make it and then double the price
The list goes on, but if well kept and maintained they are sturdy, well made boats that sail beautifully. I was extremely happy with the sailing ability of that boat and miss it already, it's perfect for the New England
area, good in light air and predictable in heavy air when reefed.
If this one doesn't have a removable inner forestay you would be wise to add one for a storm sail if you plan to do extended offshore
sailing, when used with that set up it's a very predictable boat in heavy air.
If you need any further information or the name of the surveyor feel free to contact me through a private message and I'd be happy to provide the information. Also, there sin't much I haven't done/serviced/upgraded on that boat so I'm pretty familiar with just about anything on the boat.
Hope you enjoy the new boat, they are fun sailing hulls with lots of grin factor.