I own a '72 C&C 30. Pretty good shape, needs sails. I am happy with how it sails.
I thought I had found my dream boat in a C&C30MKII but after looking at a couple, I"m not so sure.
What I use my boat for:
1. I spend weekends on the mooring, lot's of day sailing. I also cruise and anchor often but only for a a few days or up to week at a time and I never go more than 15 miles offshore.
2. Most of my sailing is single handed (that means most of my friends/girlfriends don't really sail).
3. Never race, but I do like the way a performance cruiser handles.
4. I sail mostly in LI, Block Island, Fisher's Island Sound.
The reason for an upgrade to something newer:
1. More space, modern design down below, but, I don't feel the need to go a bigger boat. Mostly I just need more head room and slightly longer berths.
2. A walk through transom would be lovely but not a deal breaker.
3. Self tailing winches, more lines led aft, a boat that requires less jib than my C&C 30 seems like it would be a little easier to handle alone.
4. Propane for cooking.
Budget is 40,000. That includes upgrades, tax, blah blah...
I want something built like a C&C that is fun to sail, easy to sail, and will hold it's value.
I'm still considering the C&C30MKII. I have another to look at.
I also thought about a late 80's Newport 30
Now I'm thinking of looking at a Nonsuch Classic??
I'm losing it. Slowly, I'm losing it