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C&C Landfall 38
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Description: C&C Landfall 38
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed February 12, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The C&C Landfall 38 was one of a series of boats bearing the "Landfall" designation to seperate them from the main line of C&C production racer/cruisers. The Landfall boats were aimed more at the cruising market. The boats had a higher degree of fit and finish than other C&C's with extensive use of teak below and on deck - and also expanded accomodations. The Landfall 38 in particular was built on the same IOR hull as the standard C&C 38 of the same vintage but the doghouse was extended approx 8 inches aft to increase interior volume below. The deep fin keel of the standard 38 was modified to a longer based, shallower fin having a draft of 5ft 0in. On deck, a tall, keel-stepped, double spreader masthead rig with Navtec rod rigging and hydraulic backstay adjuster was standard as were Barient winches. The rig was set somewhat further aft than the standard 38, increasing the foretriangle area so that headsails are large and rollerfurling is, in my opinion, a must for shorthanded sailing. The mainsail is a typical high aspect ratio IOR type and represents a small percentage of the overall sail area (when sailing with a 130 - 140% genoa). Consequently, "jib-reaching" downwind with no main when shorthanded results in a negligible loss of performance under sail.
Below, there are berths for five in three seperate cabins but all are singles (except the forward Vee). Unusual for boats of the era, the Landfall 38 placed the galley and head in the center of the boat at the point of widest beam. The result is a head with a true seperate shower stall and a truly huge U-shaped galley with cavernous storage. (An alternate interior, with no shower stall and longer setee was offered but was apparently less popular) This trade off places the saloon settees and table more forward in the boat and they are consequently smaller but quite adequate. Aft, an adequate nav station is immediatly below and starboard of the slightly offest companionway. H&C pressure water was standard as was CNG gas on most models. Interior ventilation is superb with four hatches and four dorades and interior lighting is equally good with both regular incandesant and low-draw flouresant fixtures throughout the boat.
Strengths: Excellent construction, comperable to custom and semi-custom marques. Excellent sailing boat, stiff, with a good turn of speed (avg PHRF 120)and easily balanced. Comfortable cruiser for a couple or small family for extended periods with adequate storage and tankage (104gal water/32 gal diesel). Handles well under power and the Yanmar 30hp standard diesel easily pushes to hull speed with plenty of reserve power while burning less than 1 gal/hr. Visually beautiful to look at - fine entry at the bow,wide beamed midships and tapered aft quarters to a wineglass transom. The deep cockpit and coamings make for security in heavy weather
Weaknesses: The large foretriangle area makes for large headsails. A 150% Genoa is probably too large for average cruising couples to handle and is best left to a racing crew ( the average owner will be better served by a 135% on a roller ). The extensive use of teak on deck ( toerail, 4 dorade boxes, 6 sets handrails, doghouse trim ) looks gorgeous but is maintainance intensive if varnished. There is no true accomodation for a guest couple other than on single berths - the aft port quarterberth which was listed by C&C as a double is really a wide single.
Overall Satisfaction: My wife and I have extensivly cruised our Landfall 38 in New England waters from L.I. Sound to Nantucket. We have been out in everything from calms to 50+ knots. We feel that the Landfall 38 is one of the best boats under forty feet ever built - bar none!





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Review Date: Tue January 30, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Registered: July 2006
Review Date: Sun July 9, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My sail boat is C&C Landfall 38. I try to find out what specification had been used by the C & C designers. Chain plates and bulkheads design it is very important for offshore voyages unfortunately there is no access to these components on the boat. My sailboat since new has problems with windows. If anybody can answer these question I really appriciate an input. I try to set up transatlantic passage and I never have heard that C&C Landfall 38 made it.

Thanks

Frank
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harryh3
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Registered: August 2012
Posts: 4
Review Date: Wed September 19, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $52,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well constructed, great sailing, stout but fast
Cons: Exterior brightwork required continual maintenance

We owned Casablanca for 6 years from 2000. Casa participated in 3 Newport to Ensenada races, with reasonable results considering who was driving.
This is a large boat, with large maintenance requirements as is common in a 32 year old. Prepare to spend a lot of elbow grease or cash, but the results can be well worth it.
Administrator's comments are spot on regarding this great cruising boat.
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Backstage Pass
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Registered: April 2014
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed April 16, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: beautiful and fast and safe
Cons: have not found a good solution for autopilot, engine access

We lived aboard full time for 8 years and part time for 8 more. She is a fast passage maker and a comfortable boat to live aboard. She has served us well cruising from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico, the US east coast, Bahamas, and as far as Columbia. Great storage, fast, strong, and beautiful.
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