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Any info on whether the 30 is worth the extra $$$? I sailed the 29 quite a bit years ago and loved her. Will I love the 30 ~ 10K more? I read that the 30 is better in lighter air and roomier below. My understanding at this time is that the 30 is more cruiser on the racer/cruiser spectrum and the 29 is more racer. Thoughts?
 

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Having been on both models, not sailing however, I can say the 30MK2 is a much bigger boat inside and a nice layout for 30 feet. I've raced against both long ago and both perform well. If you plan on doing any cruising, I think you would be much more comfortable on the 30, if racing is your main objective, save the $10K.
 

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Two pretty different boats. The 29-2 is classic C&C while the 30-2 is a more modern boat. The 30-2 is beamier (and thus more room below) and faster by about 15 seconds in PHRF. IMHO the 30-2 is well worth the price difference.
 

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I've read the C&C 30-2 is a little tender and should be reefer early. I'm just starting me research though. Moving up into the 30' range and looking for a boat with a good combination of favorable sailing characteristics and performance with decent livability for weekending with a young family.
 

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All see and C&C general are accused of being tender boats.
It does not require any earlier reefing than say a Catalina, Hunter

Every boat has different quirks, just because you reef to keep it on its feet doesn’t mean it’s not as quick, etc. In fact you have to figure that out for your boat. For example many 35 ft boats start reefing 15-18 knots steady. Haleakula a “tender” 35 MKIII k/c C&C we just drop our centerboard and can wait till 20/21 knots befo wwe reef. That’s with a 135 jib. A 155 jib we reef a little earlier,.

One thing you’ll notice also about C&C in general is their tight steering and responsiveness. Sailing one is like rack and pinion in a sports car. It’s not sluggish at all. I personally like that feel. It really makes you feel in control. C&C also generally sail very close to the wind compared to many boats due to their design, rudder shape, and inboard jib tracks. Often we can point higher than most comparable boats. You’ll never finish last in a race and depending on your sailing abilities/ crew you usually be in the top of the group.

They are also comfortable for cruising, where many racers are spartan below, and the settees, v are like camping as opposed from comfort.
 
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That’s extremely helpful information. I prefer a boat that is sporty vs relaxed. I don’t view boats being perceived as tender to be a bad thing. I race PHRF weekly (we won the summer series non spin) and really value a good performing boat even if I don’t intend to race my personal boat. The PHRF rating for the C&C 30-2 is pretty telling of its performance capabilities. I currently own a Catalina 22. I wanted a sportier boat but it was cheap and I didn’t know if my family would like sailing. My wife used to be terrified now she races with us and enjoys racing more than cruising. Had I known my family would love sailing I would have gone this route first but I wanted to test the waters with a cheap boat
 

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FYI and FWIW, I bought the C&C 30MKII in great condition. having sailed her since May'19 AND having previously sailed the 29 extensively, I would've been extremely happy with either.
 

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That’s extremely helpful information. I prefer a boat that is sporty vs relaxed. I don’t view boats being perceived as tender to be a bad thing. I race PHRF weekly (we won the summer series non spin) and really value a good performing boat even if I don’t intend to race my personal boat. The PHRF rating for the C&C 30-2 is pretty telling of its performance capabilities. I currently own a Catalina 22. I wanted a sportier boat but it was cheap and I didn’t know if my family would like sailing. My wife used to be terrified now she races with us and enjoys racing more than cruising. Had I known my family would love sailing I would have gone this route first but I wanted to test the waters with a cheap boat
Given your situation, the 30 sounds like the better choice for your family to enjoy sailing.
 
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