Originally Posted by frozenhawaiian
few things to be aware of wit C&C.
1. they are balsa cored hull, which scares off many cruisers. that being said however I've heard of very few C&C's having wet core
issues due to construction problems, every "wet core" C&C I've come across has been due to a collision
of one kind of anther. also like many boats they have a balsa cored deck/cabin trunk. don't be scared off by this. just be sure to have a thorough survey
2. with the exception of a few models these are boats that were designed as a racer/cruisers with a strong bias towards racing. as such you will find that they tend to have small tankage and they also are more picky in regards to sail trim and some can be a bit tender
. also with racing in mind many of them have a traveler across the cockpit
3. again getting back to their racing inclinations some of them have rather powered up rigs which can make them a handful if you wait to long to shorten sail. on the flip side however with a powered up rig they tend to sail much better in light air than many similarly sized cruising boats.
4. understand that these are boats of the IOR racing era and as a result of the hull shapes that were garnered favorable IOR ratings they can be pretty squirelly downwind.
I agree on the light air capability, but like any boat you can reef early and avoid being overpowered, even if you do leave too much sail up they still handle it without being out of control. They still handle well when overpowered , it's just more work r than it needs to be.
As for the IOR shape, C&C took a rather conservative approach and leaned more toward overall sailing capability and not towards the ultimate rule
beater, true, some boats of that era could be a handful, but the C&C's I've sailed and owned had good all around sailing manners. The only time I've had any squirrely handling was with way too big a spinaker for the conditions with a good sized following sea, the boat was surfing at 11-12 knots hull speed
and needed a bit more attention at the wheel
than usual, but that's what happens when the crew is all guys, offshore
, out of range of their smarter other halves.
Every boat has coring in one place or another, I've never had an issue with any hull core in the C&C's I've been around, but, like any boat with a cored deck
, which is pretty much 90% of the sailboats out there, it's a good idea to check the deck
for wet spots. The health
of the deck core is directly related to the care and maintenance
it received during it's life. I tend to find that the deck hardware
needs to be rebedded every 5 -7 years, some high use, high stress pieces more often if you want to maintain a good dry deck core. It's doubtful most owners do that.
Previous hull damage is a whole different animal, but that's the same for every boat, the quality of the repair is the