Last year we bought a 3700 with the CCR rig primarily for the singlehanding
ease as well as its performance in light air. We sail in Puget Sound
and while there are some pretty good winds in the winter, the summers are generally very light air and I wanted something that would allow us to sail in the summer, not just motor
everywhere. My wife loves sailing, and while the plan is to cruise
to SE Alaska
in the future, at this point my wife likes to relax on the boat and that means I do all the sailing. The setup with the CCR rig is great for singlehanding
, if you aren't looking for every ounce of performance you just set the traveler to the center and then literally all you have to do is turn the wheel
when you tack, it couldn't be easier. If you aren't racing
and have an autopilot
, it gets even better.
The CCR rig does suffer a bit upwind in light air (it is only a 95% jib) but the only time it becomes an issue is when I race
... but I now race
PHRF and having +9 seconds / mile for the smaller jib
helps with that pain. For cruising, it is fine and we can keep the boat moving (albeit slowly) in as little as 2 knots of breeze whereas on our friends Catalina
42 we don't even bother raising the sails
unless there is at least 7-8 knots of breeze.
The boat performs upwind best in 15-20 knots true staying more upright than most boats flying larger headsails, but performing just as well. We did a race two months ago with the wind
a steady 20+ knots on the nose right from the start and after 2 hours of beating were just slightly ahead of a C&C
121 flying a larger headsail and heeling a great deal more, we were very pleased. If you are singlehanding during a race, the helm
is very balanced and you could easily tack, lock the wheel
on your new heading and then take a minute to adjust the traveler or sheets
as you need to.
To deal with the light air performance downwind, we have an 0.75 ounce asymmetric
that also works very well. I mounted it on a Facnor furler
(there is a mounting tang for it on the 3700's) so we can deal with it from the cockpit
, again with singlehanding and ease of use in mind.
From a cruising / creature comfort standpoint, we love the 3700's layout for a couple and can't think of anything we would really change.
Again, this is all based on the CCR rig. Happy to answer more questions if you like, hope this helps.