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I really like the older C&Cs, nice looking and nice sailing boats, and well enough made to make offshore trips.
That said, those boats would be terrible for serious family bluewater use.
A previous poster mentioned how bad the ride would be in rough weather - while the boat would be likely to hold together, the crew may come apart.
To the me, the one biggest hit on the design, one which cannot be modified, is the boat lacks the carrying capacity needed for that type of cruising. Try it out, load 3,000 pounds on board, including 300 feet of chain in the bow, and see how she sits and sails. I dont think it'll be too pretty. Boats designed for blue water use can carry a load and still have waterlines to sit on...and everything else that may not be so obvious is also done right.
Buy yourself a CS 36T...
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