C & C 24 pros and cons
Chuck, I owned a 1980 C&C 24 from 1987 through 1999. I thought the boat was very well designed and constructed, and about the best boat for day sailing and limited cruising on the Chesapeake Bay that I could find. She would pound a little in choppy conditions, and the comment about the prop coming out of the water occasionally is a valid one. I had a 1980 Honda 7.5 outboard that I replaced in 1997 with a Honda 8. Both had long shafts, and the mount was adjustable, so not too bad a problem. Annual maintenance was a breeze. Basically one day to compound and wax the topsides and paint the bottom (I recommend ablative paint to minimize prep time). My only significant maintenance problem with the cabin windows, both port and starboard. The plexiglass windows are bonded to the cabin with (what appears to be) expoy or polyester resin, such that they are structurally integrated into the cabin side. The starboard window developed a vertical hairline crack (that never caused too much leakage or problem). The port window separated from the cabin at the aft end, and leaked more than I would tolerate. I made a template of the old window before removing it, had it duplicated in plexiglass at a local auto glass shop, and reinstalled it in 3M 5200, secured with s/s round head screws approx 12 in on center. I was not comfortable with my ability to rebed the window in resin or epoxy or whatever. This worked well, and was a one-weekend project to install. The chief reason I no longer have the boat is that my then financee, now wife did not like the head arrangement in that model of the C&C 24. The portapotti behind a canvas curtain did not afford enough privacy, so she suggested we get a larger boat. But for that, I would still be sailing the C&C. Good luck with a boat that I strongly recommend.