I would not give up on the C&C yet. I purchased my first sailboat, a 1979 C&C 29, last October. The boat sails great in light and heavy winds. She sails more efficient in heavy winds if you keep the heeling down. While I have had some sailing experience, I would not have called myself a sailor in October. I started off by reading several book (The Complete Sailor, Sailing Fundamentals/ASA manual, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship) along with first small outings followed by outings with increasing complexity. I have gained a lot of experience in the last 6 months, some of which was in maintenance, repair, and updating of the sailboat. I am not only pleased with the sailboat, but I truly feel fortunate that I have it. I am also very glad that I did not go with a smaller sailboat. If the C&C 30 is in good shape and if the price is right, then I would see no reason not to go for it.