I've owned 3 of the smaller C&C boats, including one designed by Rob Ball, and all were excellent. I was considering a 41 for sale
locally, and researched the model in depth
, in addition to viewing and discussing with the owner. The quality of fit and finish, the materials chosen, it is a high quality yacht. I'm familiar with the 41, which IMHO is the apex of the C&C boats. The reduced wieght due to cored hull
is amazing. The acceleration during a gust is tangable. The response to the helm
, tight turn radius, and overall feel of the boat is amazing.
However, these boats have a strong RACE
influence in the design. Although this makes them fast, they are not as spacious or full of creature comforts as some other vessels in the same size range. Also, the flatish bottom/fin keel
design can tend to slam into big seas. For true blue water
a full keel
is better. Same goes for the rudder
...alot of stress on the rudder
post and bearings since there is no support below the waterline. Imagine the forces on the rudder during a storm with big waves slamming the stern about.
On the other hand, fast passages and better boat speed than almost anything else your size is pretty fun too. Going fast often means you may be able to avoid/outrun the bad weather
I'm on Lake Ontario
, home of C&C yachts in their heyday, and they are still a common boat around here, in all sizes. I visited Niagara on the Lake, home of their main manufacturing plant at one time, and was pleasantly surprised to visit a marina almost entirely filled with C&C yachts. Actually, I had just come from the annual C&C regatta
in Toronto, so it shouldn't have been such a surprise.