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C&C 39
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2 1970 Mon May 1, 2006
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100% of reviewers $50,000.00 9.0

Description: C&C 39
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sat February 1, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


This is a very strong boat with great stability and excellent sailing characteristics. It is VERY fast .. daily distances averaging 125-150 miles. We cruised for 2 years (9000 miles with a family of 4) and lived aboard for 7 years. The design with dbl qtr berths is very suitable for families with children.
Problems we fixed on our boat.
1)The original rudder was filled with water. I made a new one with higher aspect ratio that works very well.
2) Rudder post supports needed replacement due to water invasion... because there were no limber holes, and the end grain of the bracket was not glassed over.
3)The head sails are large. We used a #2 heavy much of the time. I had a reef point put in it(it has hanks). The main sail is so small that reefing it does reduce sail by much.
4) We changed from rod rigging to SS wire.

Galley is EXCELLENT. Though the ice box needs more insullation if cruising in warm water.

Our boat has never had a single blister inspite of being immersed in warm water for long periods.
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Review Date: Mon May 1, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $50,000.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great strength & sailing qualities
Cons: Ports don't open; small tankage

I wrote the original review 17 years ago. We like the boat so much that 5 years ago we COMPLETELY renovated this boat. All new wiring, new selftailing winches, awlgrip, opening ports, sails, cushions, instruments, stainless steel hand rails, and relocating the traveller to the coach roof. We have no regrets. The boat gets compliments where ever it is anchored or slipped. The boat is much heavier than claimed by the designers. Ours is 20,000+ pounds, but light air performance is on a par with much lighter boats. The boat excells upwind in 25-30 knots, except for the spray. The well glassed bulkheads never squeek. Two years ago we raced our boat from Galveston to Veracruz Mexico, up wind in 20-30 knots winning our fleet, and beating larger boats by up to 2 days. Over 1/2 of the starters dropped out including much heavier "so called" cruising boats.
These are great boats!!... well worth the trouble to redo if you have the inclination, and budget. Beware tho' a 30 year old boat needs a lot of new stuff. If you've got the desire.. you'll be well paid with great sailing and fast passages.

Kevin Churchill
League City, TX
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