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Old 07-23-2013
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C&C 30 MK II or Erikson Olson 911S

Looking at both these boats. Any recommendations of one over the other? What about sailing characteristics- is one more tender than the other? I'm not a racer, just a cruiser that would like a boat that performs well. Have a TBird, but want something a bit bigger.
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Re: C&C 30 MK II or Erikson Olson 911S

I can't comment on the Olson.

Have you looked at a C&C in person yet? You will be surprised at how much room down below for a 30 ft boat. Aft Cabin, large aft head, lots of ventilation, reasonable engine/drivetrain access, walk through transom, plenty of head room, and it sails like a C&C.

The finish work is superb, again C&C quality.

The only thing not to like might be the fixed, fold down, table around the mast but when you open it up it's huge. Just can't fold it up against the wall.

They came with different mainsheet set ups, etc.
'88 C&C 30 MKII
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Re: C&C 30 MK II or Erikson Olson 911S

the 911s is a faster boat, a racer/ cruiser. the c&c 30 is a nice boat, cruiser/ racer. both sail well the 911 is a little lighter ( 1k lbs ) slightly bigger cockpit, wider side decks. the C&C seems a bit bigger in the cabin because the cabin top is wider, narrow side decks . both good boats and would depend on the condition and price. a lot more C&C's made can be hard to find a 911s and they go for closer to asking price. people are waiting for them to go on the market and don't last long. people that race love them, they can be a rating killer
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Re: C&C 30 MK II or Erikson Olson 911S

I owned a C&C 34 for a number of years, sold it and moved. I recently bought an Ericson Olson 911se to replace the C&C. I wanted a smaller lighter boat this time.

I will compare the C&C 34 to the 911se.

The C&C 34 is bigger, a little faster in a breeze, more bluewater.The 911se is faster in light air and has a 10 second lower PHRF rating. Both boats have approximately 25 foot waterlines. The 34 has tons more storage. We kept a large dinghy (deflated) in the cockpit locker. The C&C 34 has rod rigging. The 911se is small below, lacks adequate storage but has a huge cockpit locker and a large playpen quarter berth to starboard. Fit and finish by both manufacturers is very good to excellent. I would say they are equal. Water intrusion is not a problem on either boat. The hull-to-deck joint on my 1981 C&C 34 was fastened with machine screws on 4" centers and sealed with Silkaflex, so I just had to tighten a nut a little now and then and squeeze the Silkaflex a little more whenever a small leak appeared. Only leaks on the 911se were around rigging plate at the base of the mast and the deck-to-hull tie rod and some seepage at the keel bolts. All were relatively easy to cure. The 911se has no anchor locker.

I don't know the C&C 30. It rates about 30 seconds a mile slower than the 911se, which is to say, a lot, a horizon job.

The C&C 30 and the 911se are both good boats from quality builders. I think you should go aboard both boats and see how they feel to you. Keep in mind that the 911se is a sleeper, scary fast for its rating. Carl Schumacher, the "s" in "se", designed the 911se. He also did the Alerion 28. He was a wizard. Keep in mind also what another poster said: 911se's don't come on the market very often and they keep their value.
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