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Need advice/input 1991 C&C 34+

My wife and I are looking for a sailboat and came across a 1991 C&C34+. I've looked on-line but can't find many reviews/information. She's priced at $55,000 and is pretty well equipped. We are looking to mainly day-sail around LI Sound. Any thoughts on the boat are greatly appreciated. Kevin
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Have you looked at this website: C&C Yachts - C&C Photo Album & Resource Center ?
Pretty good resource for C&C owners/prosepective buyers. Here's a review:
Perry Design Review: C&C 34 + and 34R

I love everything about the C&C brand; quality, performance, comfort. $55,000 sounds like a steal, the cheapest I've seen is around $75k or so.
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I don't know what the difference between the 34 and 34+ are. I have a 1980 34 and really love it. With a nice clean bottom my boat will move in the smallest puff of wind. They are a well built boat that will hold its value pretty well and give you lots of pleasure.

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I don't know what the difference between the 34 and 34+ are. I have a 1980 34 and really love it. With a nice clean bottom my boat will move in the smallest puff of wind. They are a well built boat that will hold its value pretty well and give you lots of pleasure.

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If I remember correctly, the 34+ is actually 37 feet. (Don't ask me who came up with this idea.) I race against a 37+ (40 ft), which is a very nice boat. The 34 is a much older design, I believe. If I remember correctly, the 34+ was a good boat built during a difficult time for C&C. I would expect that it would be a very nice performance cruiser. If you are interested in racing it, you might want to go on SailingAnarchy, prepare yourself for abuse, and ask if it has a fair PHRF rating, as my perception is that some of the more recent C&C's can be a bit tough to sail to their ratings.
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I have owned a 34+ since 1994 and honestly I would not trade it for any new boat. It responds nicely, is great in light air and is low maintenance. If you can get one under $75,000 I would grab it. Mine has the deep 7' keel and I regularly take it from the San Juan Islands to Desolation Sound (Canada).
Have it thoroughly surveyed because that does sound awfully inexpensive.
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We own a C&C 34 +

This is an great cruising boat. It is much more than a day sailer. You may prefer a boat with simpler systems that requires less maintance if you are only going to day sail. The boat was actually designed after the 37+, and is essentially a smaller version of this successful design.

I delivered our boat from Stamford, CT to Annapolis, MD in 25 to 30 kt winds and 8 + ft seas. It was a solid stable ride. We made the trip in 37 hours. Top speed was 13.9 kts (sliding down big waves with a reefed main and storm jib). The boat can be exhillerating to sail.

We cruise our boat for extended periods and have been very happy with it for several reasons:
1.) The boat is fast for 35 ft cruising boat (it's not 37 ft as previously stated above).
2.) The boat is well built and well equiped. Ours came with rod rigging, large Barient winches, and top-of-the line hardware, sails, and electronics.
3.) The shoal draft version we own draws less than 5 ft which is great for the Chesapeake.
4.) The boat is easily single handled. Our main traveller was moverd to the cockpit so I can reach the mainsheet, traveller, jib winches and helm without moving.
5.) The interior layout is very spacious for this size boat. King-size berth in aft stateroom, nice port-side galley with a lp stove/oven, refrigerator, double sink, starboard nav station, large saloon with stetees that can be used as three berths (they are a bit short if you're over 6ft tall) and a nice v-berth for two young kids or one adult (again less than 6 ft tall).
6.) The transom is cleverly designed to open using part of the stern pulpit as a swim ladder.

It is rare to find these accomodations and performance in a production boat of this size. We paid $69K so at $55K you're doing well. In this market I'd offer 20% less to start negotiating. You should also budget for maintenace & upgrades depending on how well the survey goes. Spend the money for a out-of-water survey and a survey of the engine by a diesel mechanic.
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can't go wrong at the price for such a great sailing boat...

survey for sure...but if that is good, she'll be a keeper
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