Freedom isn't free
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
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Re: Selling your boat
Chef, no doubt the C&C 32 would be great on the Chessie.
In fact I can't help but wonder how well I'd have loved to sail the boat in the BVIs. The finer bow entry and the fin keel and frankly the entire cockpit is better setup for a couple to cruise on than that beautiful Oceanis 35 we were on. Sorry the C&C just sails better. That stubby keel and twin rudders of the Bendy toe made it hate heel and the wide/square stern and blunt bow made it bounce more than I'd want for a personal choice boat.
The Oceanis had bigger water tankage, and had engine hot water, both things I could do on my C&C, but then the Oceanis was supposed to be 3 feet bigger, just didn't feel it to me.
Yeah if I were to venture to larger waters, with some equipment upgrades, I'd not hesitate to take this C&C. She is very sea kind and stands up to heavier winds nicely. But reality is within me, and I know I am likely landlocked for the foreseeable future. I have roughly 18 more years of work (I'm 48), but I still want to sail in the meantime. So I'm a lake sailor - for now.
We have 2 horses and 8 dogs, and do competition with our dogs from horseback (although not the last 2 years due to career changes for us both), most of that doesn't play well with spending days at a time on the water. Someone has to watch animals. We used to have my grown son and his wife watching animals when we lived in PA, but now they are in PA and we're in VA, and we don't have that "luxury." They are talking about moving down our way, so who knows.
Right now the C&C is probably overkill for our lake. But 30 minutes drive in the car... walk 100 feet down the dock, hop aboard and sailing in minutes. Ain't nothing wrong with that. I'm loving that my boat can be in the water 24x7x365 too. This one is due for a short haul, clean and bottom touch up though. In due time.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA