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02-28-2014 02:01 PM
dgdennison
Re: Dufour 325 vs. C & C 99

I am looking at a C and C 99. I have read about bulkhead rot, broken chain plates welds and hull cracks requiring repair.

Are most owners having these issues or did I just happen to find all of the bad things in one spot?

The boat seems to be a good solution for my location so I hope to keep it on the "possible" list.

Thank you for any information
DD
10-15-2009 06:58 AM
bb74
Quote:
Originally Posted by SebastienL View Post
We are novices (we have the equivalent of the US basic keelboat certification) and are looking for a boat that will reward good trimming, provide responsiveness and at the same time allow 3 adults and a young kid to sleep over for the weekend. The C&C 99 seems to fit the bill. The Dufour 34E, the J/97 and the Sun Fast 3200 would provide better comparison but are just above our budget (mostly for lack of used boats for sale). Within our budget would be used Beneteau 10R, but we were concerned with headroom (5'11") and limitations from the deep keel (6'7").

Are there any other model we should consider? We would like to stay with new or near new (2005+) boats.
Have sailed the 10R two weeks in the Atlantic, the 325 2 weeks in the Med - haven't yet tried the SF3200, nor the C&C.

The 325 looks sporty but the actual performance is definitely in the cruising segment - rudder feedback and the general power of the boat is pretty poor compared to the 10R. The interior looks nice and is spacious but the joinery and fittings are mostly faced particle board with direct screws into this so the doors, cabinetry, closets etc tend to fall apart (seriously). Under power in less than 13-15 knots the boat handles OK but you need to power down the sails early and ofter the the leeway in a 6-8 foot sea is nearly 15° off the target track going upwind. I wouldn't recommend the boat and would not buy it UNLESS you're planning on calm sailing and local coastal cruising.

The 10R although less spacious is a much better built boat and handles the power better - good feel from the rudder and helm. Between the 2 there's no question I'd prefer a 10R. The SF32 is a nice looking boat and is supposed to perform well (I've been on it but haven't sailed). J97 likewise but you're looking at a different budget...

In the price range you're looking at I'd go max 35 feet and look into the following (fast cruisers) X-34, J109, B10R, Dehler34, GrandSoleil354.1, Maxi 34, etc just to name a few.
10-09-2009 04:11 PM
mikehoyt Sebastien

The C&C 99 is shallower draft at 5.5 feet than either the Beneteau 10R or the J97. I particularly love all three boats for what they offer. I think of the three the 99 is probably also the most affordable.

Our best friends have a 99 and I sail on it regularly. It definitely rewards good sail trim while at the same time not being overly fussy if the sails are a bit off. The boat sails well in coastal waters and the boat is very well rigged.

Their boat has provided zero problems. They are extremely happy with the fit and finish and other than the optional table which everyone regards as next to useless there has been nothing but good with this boat. We have slept 6 on the boat which is tight but with 3 adults and one child it would be great!

the aft cabin on the 99 might provide some problems if one is claustrophobic as the ceiling is quite low but it is suprisingly long and at 6'2" I have no feeling of a short bunk when I sleep on it.

The head has opening doors to the main cabin which is pretty useless and is a bit of a wiggle to get into head from forward cabin. Vee berth looks very comfortable but I never get to sleep in there.

The 99 is a great boat. You will enjoy it.

For me I would like to take the interior of the J97 and stuff it in the new J95. That would be something!

Mike
10-08-2009 01:34 AM
blt2ski What budget do you have? I've seen used Bendy 36.7's in the 110-120K range. The C&C 110 I've seen in the 90-110K range for late 90s early 2000 fiberglass models, 02 or 03 the epoxy hulls started coming out. The 99's all have epoxy. I personally prefer the aft head floor plan of the 110/115 models vs the forward head of the 99, B 36.7/10r models.

Unfortunately and I am not sure why, in the 28-34' range, are not a lot of what I would call racer/crusiers to Cruiser/racers. Mostly "racers" ala mumm/Farr 30's, or performance cruisers like the Dufour, Bendy Oceanus, or Jeanneau's SO series. A few Jeanneau SF versions, basically a deep keep, tallmast SO in either 32 or 35' versions when looking older in the size you seem to be looking at. The new 33i has a Performance model, similar to the old SF vs a shorter mast SO model. There are only two keel versions of the 33i, so the P version used the deep vs the shoal keel. the 36i has a shoal 4.4 and deep 6' for the std versions, the P version has the 6 or 6.5' keel, might be 6.5 and 7', going on memory here.

As far as deep keel go......not sure about what I will assume is Great Lake sailing. For me in puget sound, 20' of draft is not a real issue for the most part! Not that I would want to be that deep mind you. but 7' would not be an issue.

In chicago, there is a Dehler 34, about 120K US. I wish it were closer. set up for FAST cruising, along with a set of race sails. Those are nice boats. Any Delphia's near you? nice boat for the money too. X-yacht might be a good one to look at too.

I do not know your budget, so that makes it tough to suggest......

Keep looking, something will show up!

marty
10-07-2009 03:38 PM
SebastienL
Quote:
Originally Posted by blt2ski View Post
You are asking and apple vs orange question. The C&C is a racer that will cruise, the Dufour, will cruise fast, but not really designed per say to race.
We are novices (we have the equivalent of the US basic keelboat certification) and are looking for a boat that will reward good trimming, provide responsiveness and at the same time allow 3 adults and a young kid to sleep over for the weekend. The C&C 99 seems to fit the bill. The Dufour 34E, the J/97 and the Sun Fast 3200 would provide better comparison but are just above our budget (mostly for lack of used boats for sale). Within our budget would be used Beneteau 10R, but we were concerned with headroom (5'11") and limitations from the deep keel (6'7").

Are there any other model we should consider? We would like to stay with new or near new (2005+) boats.
09-24-2009 09:57 AM
JimsCAL I agree with Tommays that handling of a carbon fiber mast requires more care than an aluminum mast. However most boats in my area of Long Island Sound (only 15 miles from Northport) store with the mast up. Its a function of the yard requirements, nothing to do with the boat or mast
09-24-2009 06:55 AM
tommays 1.In my area most boats have to be moved to a storage area that requires mast steping

2.If you go down to the water front during a 60 knot winter storm and watch the masts that are up beating the crap out of the boats you will have a better idea
09-24-2009 02:53 AM
blt2ski You are asking and apple vs orange question. The C&C is a racer that will cruise, the Dufour, will cruise fast, but not really designed per say to race. But you probably know the saying, if two sailboats are insight of ea other, one is racing the other! The Dufour will race, it is not setup as the C&C is, nor does the Dufour have any wins to my knowledge in the major race catagory like the 99 does. If you want to compare a Dufour model to the C&C, you need to look at the 34 or 34e models. Even then, the 99 is the better/faster boat per say. At least IMHO.

As far as the epoxy issue with C&C, the smaller boats, ala the 99, and the Tartan 3400 have not had the issues of the larger ones in the 37-40'range. The 3400 would be a better comparison to the Dufour 32. Others similar would be the Jeanneau SO32, or the Benetueau oceanus models in the 31-34' range too. Same with Jeanneau, ie the SO32 if you can find one, or the new 33i or 30i, altho the 30 might be a bit smaller. Neither of the last two you would find used.

As far as stepping and restepping. Maybe on the east coast where you have to haul in the winter, but here in the NW US, ie Puget sound, they are left on 24/7/365!
09-24-2009 12:13 AM
SebastienL I've researched for earlier posts regarding the epoxy hull problems on Tartan/C&C. Opinions were strong on both sides, but from my point of view it would be very helpful to know what kind of issues I should be looking for when visiting a 2005 C&C 99. Please link a post if the facts have been exposed elsewhere.

Excuse my ignorance, but why do carbon mast need to be stepped down every year?
09-23-2009 06:27 PM
tommays Water intrusion will damage ANY core materials bonding during the freeze and thaw cycle

Even as racer i find a carbon mast to be a BIG draw back as around here they have to be stepped ever season and there a nightmare to handle compared to aluminum because its so much easier to damage them
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