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C&C 24
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Description: C&C 24
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed August 25, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have been sailing the C&C 24 for three years and love it. The mainsheet system on mine is great! Two eyes installed on the cabin corners with two block and tackles to the boom. I can nail that boom in any postition I want and when running, just unhook the leward tackle and hook it on the toerail for a preventer. The deck has needed many soft spots fixed due to flexing delamination or improperly mounted racing gear. Very stiff boat, hard to put rail in water and hold it there. Handles Lake Erie well despite the boat sinking chop and sudden thunderstorms that can whip the lake up in a hurry. Just bought an Iriwn 37 so I will be saying good bye to a dear friend that has treated me well.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun December 26, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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bought the boat used, perfect condition. added alot of extras for river sailing. Not much head room, but designed well to accomodate sailers with overnight excursions. Very easy to sail, fixed keel. Family loves the boat for entertainment, overnites, and just sunbathing, The boat can be used for racing but its more recreation..The boat is very well made and stands up well in time. Hats of to C&C for their well designed 24 footer..too bad they don't make boats like this anymore
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Review Date: Mon November 4, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Beautiful lines, extremely well mannered with predictable,
safe performance. Very fast and easy to make it sail to its phrf ratings (typically 222 to 225). Just as a point of reference, the Catalina 25 rates the same, and you can typically out-sail the Cat 25 on most points of sail.

I changed to a furling jib (CDI) & have never regreted it. Some "old salt purists" still swear by hank on sails and claim better sail shape efficiency, but, to me, that efficiency goes down the tube every time they have to change sails because of too much or too little sail. I just reef in 5 seconds & ease right by them while they're "efficiently" changing sails.

These older C&C's have their mast set back more than the modern boats, which means a 150% jib on the C&C is about equal to a 160 or 165 on modern boats. So, if you like a lot of foresail, you'll love this boat, especially since the furler makes it a piece of cake to handle.

The main is small and easy to handle. The boom is high and well out of your way.

Many of the current production boats use an excessively large main which makes the main a little harder to single hand, but this is offset by having a smaller jib (less sail to winch in). Be cautious of any boat with a boom so dangerously low that it amounts to a "cockpit sweeper" . . . a great way to lose a mate (or yourself) all in the name of design (poor design, in my opinion).

The shin kicker masquerades as a main traveler - don't worry, you'll get used to it after the second time you tear your skin off. I've seen one C&C 24 'home made retrofitted' by removing the boom end cap, inserting a spar extension appx 12", then mounting the mainsheet to the top of the transom in an upside down V fashion. This eliminates the traveler totally, by getting the main sheet and traveler out of the cockpit. Another option is to mount a traveler on the top of the transom, but getting a traveler the right curvature (sp?) to fit the transom may be a problem.

Some C&C 24s have no travelers, others are mounted on the cabin top, still others mounted between the seats in the cockpit.

Some C&C 24s have split backstays, some don't.

C&C goes overboard with excessive quality, such as 3/16 rigging (most dealers say this is overkill) but I do get a lot of peace of mind from the heavy rigging - maybe that's why it's there.

Overall, I'd rate the boat a B+ or A-. Certainly way ahead of Catalinas, Hunters, O'Days etc in both overall quality, looks, and especially manners. This boat sails past other boats with longer water lines & their higher theoretical hull speed. It seems that C&C's good hull design helps counter the longer water line on bad hull designs.

If you are interested in buying a C&C 24, below are some things you may want to look into.

Although I have now sold my C&C, and have many happy memories, feel free to call if you want more information, or just
email chat.

Charles 850-835-4668

SOME THINGS TO LOOK AT IF BUYING A C&C 24. . .

First, be aware that C&C windows LEAK. Every one of them. It just goes with the boat. Just remove the windows & re-caulk. That's about all you can do.

Second, lift up the cockpit storage locker hatch cover and examine the back side of the hatch. Mine had NO epoxy to seal the rear edge, so all the plywood used to add strength to the seat/hatch/door was rotted. It was a blankety-blank job to dig out all the old rotted wood, insert an aluminum substitute, and re-seal the back edge.

Third, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, CHECK WHERE THE CHAIN PLATES ATTACH TO THE HULL BEHIND THE SEAT BACKS. I almost lost my mast due to the leaking chainplates over the years having leaked over the years down onto the POORLY epoxyed wood. Note - C&C was SUPPOSED to epoxy this area to protect the wood from such leaks. However, the job was poorly done, and this structural wood had ROTTED.

To repair this, I first dug out all the rot, then used 'Git-Rot' (available at most Marine Outlets) to repair & re-build the wood. Next, I applied a liberal amount of epoxy to protect the new 'repaired' wood. Next, I had some 1/4 to 3/8 thick aluminum side plates made to the contour of the boat hull, that I thru-bolted thru the repaired wood and chainplates, to reinforce the entire blasted thing. I have no hesitation in saying it is stronger now than the day the boat left the factory. But this was a NO FUN process.

Also check under the mast, as that is an area that leaks, and causes some delamination. Same with the teak cabin-top grab rails.

If you are going to have a marine survey, I suggest you point out these things, so special attention can be given to these areas.

Lastly, my boat had blisters. About a few hundred, mostly about the size of a dimple to a quarter, but a couple the size of a grapefruit. After the blisters were opened, drained, dryed, epoxyed, etc. I had a VC Tar barrier coat put on, and now, some several years later, I don't think any blisters have reoccured.

Good luck with your boat purchase. It is one fine sailing machine.











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Registered: December 2002
Review Date: Mon December 2, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned my C&C 24 for 12 years. She's my second boat, after a Rhodes 19. The Rhodes used to scare me. When I got my C&C, it was as solid as a rock. I normally cruise. However, in my one club race, I crossed the finish line ahead of a Freedom 35, two Irwin 37's, and a Catalina 29. And that was after they started the race two minutes before I got to the starting line. She pointed easily 5 degrees better than the big boys. This summer, I actually chased down an interesting looking cat ketch to get a look at it. We started out 1/2 mile behind and caught up in about seven miles.


Some things to look out for. Hull blisters. When I first got her, I had a 10-20 of them each fall - dime to quarter size. I popped them and filled them with West system epoxy. In the later years, her "acne" seems to have cleared up.

Shortly after I got her, I lost the rudder with a quartering sea in Long Island Sound. Over the years, water had leaked past the screws fastening the pintles. Alternating freezing and thawing delaminated the fiberglass from the core, which eventually rotted out. When the wave hit, the rudder tore off at the water line. C&C wanted $1000 for a new rudder, so I build my own (epoxy/carbon fiber/fiberglass over a red cedar core), making sure that all fittings were 100% surrounded by cured resin.

Other than these two problems, the vessel has been remarkably maintenance free. She has always been a delight to sail. When I eventually move up to a larger boat, she'll be a tough act to follow.
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Review Date: Thu July 27, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $5,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Strong, stable, nice design
Cons: Main sheet location & set up, low headroom

After several seasons of crewing on a C&C 32 on Lake Ontario I gave in and bought my own C&C. I was looking for an inexpensive weekender to enter into club racing but still satisfy the wife's request to 'feel safe'. This is the perfect boat.

With the exception of the leaky windows, this boat has had the delamination in front of the mast and the leaky chainplates, both since repaired.

My sails are in need of replacement if I want to remain competative in racing, and I do suggest rigging up the inverted V mainsheet system I have heard others talk about (my next project).

So far she's been very good to us!
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Review Date: Wed October 18, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $8,400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Strong, Fast, easy to sail singlehanded
Cons: Water Drainage from deck, rounds up to fast in gusts

I've owned, still do, for 14 years. Nine were out of water (children). I Epoxy barrier coated the bottom, this has held up great. Previous owner serious raced, that's my background, so the enhancements, Mainsheet traveler, J 24 Boom, lowered 1 foot, Fully batten Main, Head stay foil, split backstay, add to performance. Hull and Topsides were painted about 20 years ago. Hull still looks very good. Top Sides and Deck need repainted. Feeling some Sponginess in Deck and seeing stress around the chain plates. In 5-knot winds, I fly past other boats. This is not supposed to be a strong point. In 30-knot breeze, the Jib and one reef in the main keeps the boat in control. Putting the rail under is very difficult even at 40-degree heel. I grew up sailing an Ericson 35, that rail went under in 12 knots of breeze. I pretty much sail by myself as family is not really into it. I debate all the time about selling, as I don't seem to use as much as I would like. I wish I looked as good and performed as well at 40 years of age. C&C over engineered this boat and time has confirmed that opinion
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Registered: January 2008
Posts: 149
Review Date: Mon December 1, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: good quality, over strength in rigging, well mannered and fast for it's size. Love the beaminess
Cons: windows leak, lack of headroom, mast support makes it difficult to get in and out of fore berth.

I've owned mine for a little over a year and found I like it more after making some upgrades. New genoa lines, recaulked windows and reupholstered cushions and specially an auto helm 800 made it a charm to steer. At first i thought it was underpowered with a 150 roller furling genoa but find with more experience with fine tuning the boat I'm able to sail under full sail in all but the gustiest winds over 20 knots. i have no reef points for the main and that might be my next upgrade. Since I do a lot of singehanded sailing (just me and my 2 dachshunds) I find it a good size and am out in Lake St Clair when others are at the dock waiting for a crew. That's where the autohelm was a great add on. I usually get two footitis but not with this boat. A great day sailor and OK overnighter. For a small outlay it's been a fun boat.
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lebob
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Registered: June 2014
Location: Mobile Bay
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon June 23, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast, perfect Racer/Cruiser comb.
Cons: Compared to similar size and purpose boats, none.

I have the Niagara version with the factory installed race package: boom-vang, inboard genoa/jib track, all halyards and other controls lead to cockpit, adjustable split back-stay, jiffy reefing, two 2 speed winches, 6 winches total, mid-boom sheeting with cockpit traveler, and internal halyards.

The Niagara version interior has a teak and holly sole and more teak trim. Mine had the handrails removed for racing. I installed new, smaller, sturdy stainless steel handrails that look and work great. Very little exterior wood, which I like. The boom sits high which made adding a bimini very easy. I used a very light aluminum bimini that easily/quickly comes off for races; it works and looks great. Cabin has a new aft port side marine head and some new electronics. I removed the folding table and v-berth partition/cushion for a more open cabin. The cabin feels very spacious for a 24' boat. Headroom in my original 1978 manual is listed as 5'6''. Overall it's a great weekend cruiser for my small family. 6-8 people can be comfortable for a light air daysail. On choppy days the bow and cabin top can get splashed. A 5hp longshaft outboard cruises around 5.5 knots easily and has never fully cavitated in some decent bay weather.

I race it in regattas and weekly club races . In PHRF and Portsmouth the boat does great. In mixed wind conditions it consistently sails to it rating. In certain wind conditions it sails much better than its PHRF rating.

This is my sixth sailboat. Construction on this boat compared to others is solid: old school sturdy fiberglass, stout spars, and heavy duty rigging. Overall after cruising and racing every week for two years, I think the C&C 24 is still one of the better racer/cruiser designs in its size.
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