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Old 11-06-2024, 15:50   #1
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1979 C&C 30 - good boat for the Chesapeake?

Would really appreciate any feedback on how suitable a 1979 C&C 30-1 would be for cruising on the Chesapeake. My goal is to do as much cruising as possible on the Chesapeake before moving on to coastal cruising. The particular boat I'm looking at has a Yanmar diesel. Here is a link to the FB marketplace ad:

Is this hull design going to have a hard time in heavier conditions, or will it handle it okay? Just wondering if there would be a noticeable difference in how a C&C 30-1 would feel in heavy chop and higher winds versus other basic cruisers I am considering, such as the Catalina 30. I'm not really into racing. Will just be cruising for the most part. Really appreciate all helpful replies. Thanks!
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Old 11-06-2024, 18:05   #2
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Re: 1979 C&C 30 - good boat for the Chesapeake?

Cheep and cheerful.
Have a look get it lifted JIK the keel is about to fall off. It will have blisters.
Survey it yourself. At the asking price the cost of a survey is pretty high get liability insurance. A survey and lift will be 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the boat.
Otherwise its probably one of the best choices of old boat available.
Relatively light sails well good for coastal pottering about.
Better than a vintage Catalina all round.
Particularly on a blustery day.

Catalina is good enough but C&C was a better boat.
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Old 11-06-2024, 22:48   #3
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Re: 1979 C&C 30 - good boat for the Chesapeake?

Uricanejack - thanks for all the good advice. Paying for a quick haulout to see the hull condition myself makes a lot of sense. Yeah, C&C sailboats seem to have a great reputation. Thanks
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Old 12-06-2024, 20:06   #4
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Re: 1979 C&C 30 - good boat for the Chesapeake?

I've owned C&C yachts, they were well built and seaworthy. But they are cored boats, so you want to get a moisture meter on it, check decks, especially near through deck fittings, chainplates, or any other fittings bolted through the deck.
Most were built with cored hulls down to the water line where they went to solid glass. Some moisture is not a deal breaker but you want to make sure the moisture has not caused delamination in the deck or hull. In the cored boats I've owned I usually removed all the deck hardware that was through bolted, put rubbing alcohol in the holes and let it combine with any moisture, then used heat lamps from below to help dry out any moisture. After this I filled the holes with thickened epoxy to seal them from the core and redrilled the holes for the fittings, this ended any moisture intrusion.
They are fine sailing boats, in that era there were many more IOR design boats that were much less user friendly, but C&C always designed fine sailing boats with good ergonomics and decent protection in the cockpit. Most were good in light air and could be reefed down in heavier winds.
Just fun boats to sail.
Even though I like Catalinas th C&C yachts were a step above.
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