Freedom isn't free
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
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C&C 32 can anyone tell me about them?
I have severe 2 foot itis right now. I've moved to a larger lake, and the option of a travel lift, and a crane as well as deep enough water to support larger sized sailboats has me looking towards something bigger.
Unlike a lot of folks, I don't have any misconceptions that I'll instantly get a bunch more folks sailing with me, I just want something bigger with more "big boat" handling. I also hate to go slow, which is why all my boats have had a decent turn of speed (Capri 22, Capri 25, S2 7.9 and now my Wavelength 24). So I'd like something with style, and decent speed for its size (doesn't need to a J in speed, just not a slug).
Our marina is also a broker, and they have several boats for sale I may be able to afford should the stars align (we sell our horse trailer, and I sell my boat - we've done both before and I don't anticipate a problem with either). Anyway, there is a nice 1983 C&C 32 in the marina, as well an older Catalina (1980) 30 tall rig. There are 2 other boats that I might consider as well, one is a 1989 Hunter 30 and an older 1984 Hunter 31. Of the boats I've nearly listed them in order of my preference, but the C&C to me seems the one that pushes my buttons the most.
I've viewed the C&C on the outside so far, and noted these things... It has a recent roller furler (probably last 4 years), a nearly new horse blanket for the main, and the main itself looks newish (maybe it was refurbed, but it seems clean and crisp and might have come with the North Sails horse blanket - 2013 maybe?). Looks like the running rigging is newer, and the standing rigging looks clean.
I could go on about the other boats for sale and their plusses and minuses but I want to see this boat below and hear the engine run. A couple club members mentioned they know the owner, and he's sailed the boat frequently.
What I want to know is has anyone sailed this model C&C and what are its faults/strengths?
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA