C&C built several 33 footers (Mk1, Mk2 and 3/4 tonner) but all were intended as racer
cruisers with an emphasis on racer
more than cruiser. These boats make good coastal cruisers especially in areas with predominantly light to moderate winds. I have sailed on (mk1 and mk2) and raced against these boats for years, and they are not good heavy air boats by any stretch of the imagination. They also have a rig proportion that requires very large overlapping headsails in normal (less than 15 or so knot
winds). This makes for a boat that is not very easy to handle shorthanded and which is not very adaptable (without a large racing
crew) to a rapidly increasing windspeed and deteriorating seastate.
In a practical sense these boats have a very small carrying capacity and tiny fuel tanks
. The MK1's mostly have Atomic 4's and the MK 2's had a mix of diesels but most had a Yanmar 2GM
which is too small an engine
for heavy conditions.
Lastly, the rig design is such that they require a very large sail inventory to handle the variable kinds of wind
range expected offshore
. This is expensive to buy, maintain and take up a huge volume down below.