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2002 C&C 110 Review
Hi Guys (and Girls),
Some years ago I wrote a review of my O'day 35. A number of people appreciated it, so I figured I would do the same now that I have sailed my C&C for a season.
My boat is a 2002 model with epoxy hull, 6' draft keel, aluminum double spreader rig.
The C&C 110 is a 'racer / cruiser' that is high performance sailing oriented, while still having enough cruising amenities to make spending a few days or a week on board comfortable.
Sailing performance - I haven't sailed on 100's of boats, but I have been on enough and raced against enough to know that this boat just rocks! It has a powerful sail plan (SA/D of over 23) and is fully powered up in 8-10 kts of wind. The boat points very high and just goes like crazy. The PHRF number for my boat is 91 in the cruising class (no spinnaker, 135 headsail, etc.), which is fair.
Room - This is a relatively wide 36' boat. Plenty of space down below. The aft cabin is large and has good storage. The V Berth has great storage. It is also hinged with gas struts to provide easy access to additional storage. The head has decent size and includes a separate shower stall that is usable. The head sink and shower drain to a sump in the bilge with it's own pump so water doesn't collect in the bilge.
Sail Handling - The boat comes with Harken gear (4 self tailing winches, traveler) and a Furlex below deck furler. High quality stuff that works well. The anchor locker on the bow is large and easily holds the required gear.
Motoring Performance - The Volvo Penta engine (MD2030) makes 29 HP and that's plenty for this boat. The sail drive is great for forwards and backwards. No prop walk, and the two blade folding prop provides little drag under sailing and more than adequate motoring performance. I can motor all day at 7 kts.
Galley - It's small. Two burner stove, small oven. The ice box is small and hard to reach the bottom. The sinks are also small. The galley is sufficient for a few days but I would not want to spend a month aboard. Then again, if that's your plan this is the wrong boat for you.
Stowage - There are two water tanks, one in the bow and one under the power settee. Together there is 70 gallons of water but I leave the bow tank empty for better sailing performance. The fuel tank is 25 gallons so that is sufficient. The amount of storage inside the cabin is OK but not great.
Swim Platform - the boat uses an electric motor to lower and raise a part of the transom. The motor is slow and salt water and electric don't get along. I have heard of many problems with the motor and I expect to have them myself. For just getting on / off the boat with a dinghy I leave the platform up and just step on the railing. It's more difficult than the platform but I'm managing.
Tenderness - This boat is the most tender boat I have sailed. I guess that's the trade off for such good light air performance. Without crew I will reef in 12 kts of wind. It's fairly easy to reef the main so I will do it as required. With full main and 135 headsail, the boat will be heeled 30 degrees upwind. The rudder is balanced and the boat sails well but she is really on her ear. I am using the original main so that might be a cause. I will have a new main for next season so if that changes things I will update this. Additionally the main is big and heavy so it takes some effort to raise it.
Some seacocks are in bad locations. The engine raw water intake requires you to remove the engine cover, which is a pain, so I leave it open. The seacock for the head discharge is under the aft cabin berth, so it requires the cushion to be removed.
After one season with this boat I am very happy. The sailing performance is really great. She is a very fun boat to sail.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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