OK, I am a bit biased but the C-45 is a terrific boat. I have hull
#98 with the Perkins
85hp. I can tell you that I too consider the engine
feature, and I also expect it to start EVERY time. I have powered back off a mudflat/sandbar several times (West coast FL sailor) and have found the extra HP a godsend. Do yourself a favor and find a Perkins
85 or similar.
I always motor/sail unless the admiral wants pure quiet. She IS a motor
sailer and carrys very little sail (694 sqft) for her size. In more robust winds I might purely sail more often but in a light breeze she is a slug.
That said, in a stiff blow or in really crappy weather
she is a tremendous boat. Mine has cruised the Caribbean
for most of her life and is a proven bluewater boat. I have lived aboard for more than 4 years and she feels like a small apt on the water
. BIG windows (storm windows a must) make you feel on the water
not a cave.
There is NO keel corrosion
. NONE... there is corrosion
of the keel
strongbacks inside the hull
BUT they are an easy replacement and NOT expensive if you know how to turn a wrench.
Feel safe with the C-45...great boat.
m/s Miss Magoo
Treasure Is, FL