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11-28-2012 05:58 PM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

Yes Denise; I read that before going down. SHame that the one I went to see wasn't near to the quality of the one pictured. Of course, the price would have been alla that much higher, too!

Too many options; too few choices ta make.
11-28-2012 03:32 PM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

Review - 30 Redwing
11-28-2012 11:00 AM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

All depends on what you want, or, need. I'll bet one could get this boat for $500. With a grand spent on some new running rigging and a used main one could be out on the water.

That doesn't mean I would want to take it cruising or even on a vacation. However, if I didn't have a boat and just wanted something fun to daysail...

Take everything out from the cabin but tools and hardware. Put her out on a mooring in an inexpensive marina. Close the through hulls. Sail when you can. Putz around on little projects when it's hot and windless.

When you are ready to move on, sell it cheap, give it away, or donate it.

When it's sunny and 10 - 15 on a close reach you won't notice warts.

Lots of people do more with less.

11-28-2012 10:40 AM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

Not many older 30 boats are very large because they were narrow beamed back then . the only really "large" 30ft boat I've ever seen is the Catalina 30.

The OP's description and the really low price, she doesn't seem so bad. The 25 hp outboard could be sold off if the new owner were to repower. Hey..she was floating! Boats costing allot more but under 10K are not much better in condition and yet people buy them and still put thousands of dollars into them.
jus sayin...
11-28-2012 09:16 AM

Delta you are an artistic dreamer such as myself glad to see another out there
11-27-2012 07:45 PM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post

A boat is only a conveyance. That's all they have ever been.
and the mona lisa is just pigment on parchment.

If you have no love for your craft, and no relationship with her, then don't be surprised when she feels no compunction to bear her burden.
There is nothing wrong with falling in love with a boat, and understanding the soul of the craft- it's ignoring her faults and failing to take care of her, and ignoring the costs going in that lead to the breakup of the relationship...
just like with anything that can, and will, capture your heart. conveyance indeed.
11-27-2012 03:52 PM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

Originally Posted by deltaten View Post
I had to walk away.

Sad, indeed!
Don't be sad. You are lucky. If you had stars in your eyes you would have come a cropper.

A boat is only a conveyance. That's all they have ever been. That people endow them with more is foolish IMHO.

Those old sailing ships weren't made to look beautiful. They were made to kill. Kill and enslave the world and bring wealth to greedy merchants on the back of blood.

Like the Chevvy of SloopJonBs look at all the other 1955 cars, the normal fords etc. Junked in scrap heaps where they ought to be.

Cruisers have too much sentimentality and it just wastes the budget they were going to enjoy life with.

Find a boat to suit your needs and budget and not because someone at the yacht club bar may think it looks pretty.

11-27-2012 03:33 PM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

There's a Redwing 30 at our club that's been all done up by her owners. She looks fine in the harbor, but they tend not to take her out because she seems to underperform when it comes to sailing. A Pearson 30 might offer more room (and certainly better performance) at a reasonably comparable price. A tired Catalina 30 might cost more, but would be like a huge loft apartment in comparison. It too might sail better than the Redwing due to its larger sail area. Keep looking!
11-27-2012 03:28 PM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

That looks like it could be a worthwhile project boat for a hobbyist but certainly not a way to get sailing on the cheap.

Wouldn't like to see it get cut up. When you see what old car hobbyists go through to get some rusted old piece of junk restored, all the casual talk of cutting up old glass sailboats just makes me cringe.

They aren't worn out kitchen appliances or TV's.
11-27-2012 03:17 PM
Re: Sad demise of an old C&C

Originally Posted by sd1953 View Post
I'm not sure why this should make you sad. Nothing is forever, especially in salt water. This vessel has reached the end of it's useful life and now belongs in the "old boat graveyard".
The boat was built to be a cruising boat that no longer meets the demands of cruisers. You could spend lots of money to make it an inadequate cruising boat. But you weren't crazy enough to do that. Why should you be sad about that? Not everything old should be restored. Not everything old belongs in the museum. Some old stuff (BUT NOT ME) just needs to be recycled or discarded.
Lots of people drive & love '55 Chevy's too.
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