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C&C 29 and C&C 33
As someone who raced these boats sersiously for about five years, I gotta tell you "as you understand it..." is all wrong. You don''t seem to have picked up the theme that, for a C&C, the 29-I was and is a dog. I hope that comment is un-varnished enuff.
If you want to listen to experience, in dozens of races over those years, the only time one of the several 29-Is that usually showed up, beat our 30-I was when we did something stupid or unlucky. That light air performance is their better suit, only means that they could sail closer to their ratings in light air, as opposed to being SOL in moderate to heavy air. Even though light air was their relative sweet spot, our 30-I had no difficuly beating those 29-Is as consistently in 4MPH as in 20 MPH, the difference being that with a breeze even if we made mistakes we would still beat the 29-Is!
But not to just opine - check
for the technical characteristics of the two boats - note that the higher SA/DSP, WLW and Hull Speed of the 30-I. Using whatever criteria they programmed, this calcualtor classes the 29-I as a "cruiser" and the 30-I as a "racer/cruiser".
The 30-I pays no price when the wind is down - where the heck did you come up with that - I bet it wasn''t from someone who raced the 30-I or raced against one!
To get back to the big picture - the C&C 29-I is a nice boat, and I considered one before buying a 30-I. The issue is just that the 30-I is simply a GREAT boat, whose raceabilty is consistently superior to the 29-I. Note that C&C produced the 30-I design for eleven years (72-83), and the 29-I for only two or three.
If your criteria is a superior light air boat, completely skip the C&Cs (except for a bastard called the Mega....) Take a look at Evelyns or Kirbys or other sleds, and accept their other shortcomings...
Even as to cruising, one of my requirements back then for habitabilty in a boat was that I could stand upright when using the head, have you tried taking a leak in a 29-I?