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Re: C&C 32 can anyone tell me about them?

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Ok so I've stripped the boat of all bimini's (for winter).
We went for a nice long motor today, because there was less than 5 knots of wind. New marina has powered slips but 1 dock. I plan on running power down the dock (he allows that) to just charge the batteries, but haven't gotten to it yet. So for now my plan is to come to the boat weekly and fire up the motor, run it for at least 30 minutes, today it was more like 3 hours at 2000+ rpm most the way.


Anyway, while motoring all over it gives me way to much time to look at rigging. Noticed someone moved the boom up (like a foot), which of course means someone likely trimmed the mainsail down. I have another mainsail which is in great shape but now I am worried it too might be trimmed down to fit the new boom position.

I want to be getting the boat back into its original configuration, so that I can improve sailing characteristics. I'll likely be removing the forward bimini, but I must admit I like the one over the skipper station.

Lots to do, ordered a boomkicker, which I can almost guarantee won't reach the new boom height, might be able to fudge it, I'll have to see.

I also want to rig up something so I can control the traveler from the aft position. I know I won't be able to do anything about the mainsheet, but if I can route the traveler controls aft, then I'll be well on my way towards rigging for better single handing.

I ordered a new lewmar ocean 20 hatch for the one over the salon that is leaking. Right now its tarp city (and the tarp is dying). If the hatch works and fits well, I'll replace the other on the boat.

Motored all over the lake today, no real wind, but it was great exercise for the Yammie.

1/2 hr engine running will probably not give you much charge and will ruin the top end of potential for the batteries you’ll never get past 85% which eventually will train them that way

. If you can get a 3 stage charger and keep them charged at 100% you’ll not only increase their life, their amt of acceptance, but you’ll get lots of use out of them

The standard alternator for my C&C was a 40 amp Hitchi. We now have a 100 amp Balmar

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Re: C&C 32 can anyone tell me about them?

chef, the alternator has been changed out at some point, I'll have to look to see what it is.

I'm figuring the 4 hours running at various speeds between 1800 and 2700rpm today will have helped.

There also was a higher quality charger and inverter put aboard but I have not dug into the electronics to figure out what was done. Someone spent a decent amount of coin on this boat across the course of its existence. The neglected things are the sailing characteristics, running rigging. Sails were even cared for, but only for the tune of making it more comfortable to sail. Nothing wrong with that, just I want a balance of comfort and performance.

Prior owner had the boat for 4 years, and hadn't ever replaced the batteries. I need to look more closely but I think they are standard deep cycle lead acid interstate group 27s.

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Re: C&C 32 can anyone tell me about them?

Based on their age and the issue you had with starting after your first sail, your batteries need replacement. You might consider going to a house bank of a pair of golf cart batteries with the second battery a reserve or start battery. What you currently have is insufficient for refrigeration.

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Re: C&C 32 can anyone tell me about them?

Jim agreed. We have golf cart batts in our RV and they are bulletproof. I'd love to do the same on the boat.

I'm thinking this was a dock queen, so nobody cared about properly sized batteries.

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First upgrade, leaky ventilation hatch.
These tiny hatches are like 9x14. Owner had nice velcro screens made for them.

So the original hatch was held in just with silicone. It was tap in a flathead screwdriver, and twist, and pop, it was out.

New Lewmar Ocean 20, and it was nearly the same size. The exposed edge on the fiberglass still looks ugly, but hopefully my leaking hatch problems are gone.

The other 2 things I did was put on the prior owners "Special order" Sailcare sail, and added new battens it. Its a nice sail, but it doesn't fit right. I think the prior owner was to focused on making it higher than the bimini. However, the boomkicker fit nicely. I'm honestly not happy how the boom was raised either. My estimation is they moved the boom up 12 inches.

Baby steps.
I got power connected up to the boat, tuned the rig more, fixed the backstay adjuster (a bit) and ran the vang back to the cockpit (a requirement with the kicker), my topping lift has now been tied off and removed from use (recall I move my halyard to the aft end of my boom to secure it after sail).

I will slowly get this boat up to speed.
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