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C&C 30 vs 32,33, or 34

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Have had a T-Bird for about 8 years, and am looking to move on to something a bit roomier. Like most people, I want everything- great performance in light/heavy air, roomy interior, roomy cockpit, decent price! (I know this ideal boat does not exist)

Have heard great things about C&Cs, and love the look of them. Does anyone have an opinion on the best choice between the 32,33, and 34? I might consider the 30 as well, but I like the idea of a bit more room.

My budget would be under $50,000. Any opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I've got a 1983 35. She'll sail circles around most production boats. The 35 has a dinette while the smaller boats may have a drop leaf table. Like other boats of this age and size, the cabin is smaller than you will find on a newer boat. You can find a C&C in good condition well within your budget. Check out cncphotoalbbum.com

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Re: C&C 30 vs 32,33, or 34

The 30-2 and 33-2 both fit your criteria and are great all around boats. The 34 is a bitty tippy, the 33-1 has smallish interior and is a handful sailing deep angles down wind and the 32 is bland. The 35-3 is great if you can find one in your price range.
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Re: C&C 30 vs 32,33, or 34

Of the three you list, I personally like the 33-2. It's the newest design of the the three, and has a reputation of being a good sailing boat. The 30-2 is a very nice boat for a 30 footer, but not a lot around. Lots of 35s around so that may be your best bet if you can swing it.
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Or, an Olson 34 !

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Re: C&C 30 vs 32,33, or 34

Both 33s are 'smallish' for their length, the 33-2 lacks good backrest/coamings in the cockpit. The 30-2 probably has similar space but less cockpit overall. Agree the 35-3 would be the best boat of the lot.

The O911 is a great boat, as is the similar Schock 34PC if you're leaning towards a bit more performance.

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Re: C&C 30 vs 32,33, or 34

Every C&C model made is a little different than the one made before it. They're all good but they all have slightly different interiors, slightly different handling, some do better in light air, some better in a blow. Up until the mid 90's or so they were all good in their own way and most are very good value today. You just have to try it on, sea trial and make an offer! I've been looking at older C&C's myself and I'm constantly surprised at how many variations there were. Looked at one the other day that had a draft of 7' 10"!! I certainly don't remember that.
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Re: C&C 30 vs 32,33, or 34

I have a 30-1 and like it very much. Have sailed on and raced a lot against a 33-1 and like it better- really good upwind boat. Both sail well to their ratings, neither is a good light air boat. 33 has really pretty lines. Interior space is limited on all that vintage of c&cs, especially by today's standards. However, I'd probably opt for the 35 of all of them. I believe this was the model Cuthbertson himself felt was the best of the C&Cs. Even the 35 is within your price range.

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Or, an Olson 34 !


Are they under 50k these days?
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