Ranger vs C&C - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 06-07-2011 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Ranger vs C&C

Hello all.

I've been the proud owner of a 26' Thunderbird for about 7 years now. Recently I've been considering something a little roomier and have seen some mid-late 70's vintage Ranger 33's, and also some late 80's C&C 30's and C&C 32's. Just wondering how the Ranger performs, especially in lighter air vs the C&Cs, and also whether the C&C 32 has any real advantages over the 30. (If i can save on moorage fees I'd be happy, but not if I'm significantly sacrificing performance.)

I'm not a racer, just a cruiser but I want a boat that sails well, especially in light air.

Any opinions on this?
fishpants is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 06-07-2011
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Media, PA
Posts: 14
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
I can't really speak about Rangers, but I have a 1984 C&C 32. I can tell you that I love the boat. It is extremely well built, and it sails well in most wind conditions. Due to its displacement, it is not tender, even when the wind picks up. While light air is not its strongest condition (it does best 10 - 20 knots), it does have decent light air performance.

Last winter my boat was on the hard right next to a late 1980's C&C 30. (I believe it is a Mark II). This is not to be confused with the 1970's C&C 30, which is a classic in its own right. My C&C 32 is slightly longer (they are actually 31.5'), but the 30 is significantly wider. As a result, the 32 has slightly more foredeck and a slightly larger cockpit, but the 30 has more interior room. They both have almost the same sail area, and the 30 is a bit deeper draft. Based upon my conversations with the owner and comparing the two designs, I would be willing to bet the late 1980's C&C 30 sails better in light air, but the 32 sails better in heavier air.

If I had to choose between a 32 and a 30 in the same condition, and for the same price, I might go with the 30. I think the interior layout is superior to the 32, and it is not much shorter than the 32. All things considered, it probably has more usable room than my boat. That being said, I have no real complaints or regrets about the 32.
CapnA is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 3 Old 06-07-2011
Senior Member
JimsCAL's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Glen Cove, NY
Posts: 3,611
Thanks: 3
Thanked 133 Times in 125 Posts
Rep Power: 10
All three boats are more similar than they are different. Good examples of racer/cruisers. CapnA compared the two C&Cs pretty well. The 30 mk2 is the newest design and has many of the interior features of new boats like aft cabin, etc. The Ranger is the oldest boat and while the longest has the least interior room because of its narrow beam. Because its older, it will be less expensive. You could probably buy 2 (or 3) Ranger 33s for one C&C 30 mk2. The PHRF numbers for the three boats range from 147 (for the C&C 30) to 162 (for the C&C 32).
JimsCAL is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ranger 33 peterconway General Discussion (sailing related) 4 04-01-2011 06:30 PM
Ranger 26 gmbandco Ranger 30 12-07-2010 09:36 AM
Ranger 33 greyrider Ranger 16 07-30-2010 11:14 AM
Ranger 28 benboat Ranger 7 07-16-2010 11:41 AM
Is the Ranger 28 really a Ranger 29 or vice versa? GBurton Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 04-28-2008 01:38 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome