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So I've narrowed down my "future boat" (this spring or next fall purchase) to 3 makers and models. One of which is the C&C 35 MKII. I really like alot about this boat, and in my area you get alot of boat for the price.

"Wet decks" I see come up alot, but it seems to me almost any boat over 30yrs old that isn't "boat show restored" will most likely have them to some degree. I'm shopping freshwater only boats so that reduces the biological life that will be eating the balsa, but I'm also dealing with freeze\thaw cycles, so maybe it's a trade off. My current boat has some wet core in it (plywood, the worst to get wet as far as I know) but it's far from about to fall apart. I assume most "wet decks" are ok to live with unless you see serious flexing\cracking around load points like cleats\winches etc?

I see alot about the floor\stringers and keel bolts. Is this an actual issue on these boats or are people just talking in general about bolt on keels? I assume most of the floor bits can be inspected easily through the bilge and sole hatches? Anything I should look for? I've read to watch for iron washers and replace w\SS if found. Has anyone snapped a bolt\stud off while re-torquing them? That's always my biggest worry when "torquing" anything (yes using a proper torque wrench).

Here's my biggest set back so far: rod rigging. I heard alot of the 35's came with rod? Any truth to this? I hate rod rigging. The boats I've found with it are ORIGINAL (40+yrs old!) and it's expensive and difficult to find a rigger who does rod. In fact in my area there is NO ONE who can replace rod. Unless I found a boat that had a receipt showing the rod was new I would avoid buying one just because I can't change out the standing rigging on a rod rigged boat myself.

So, anything else I should look for? I'm upgrading from my T7.5 because we need a bigger boat for family\friends to come out with us, to be more sturdy in a blow, and one day to look at an ICW trip and Caribbean trip.
How is the search going? I have owned a C&C 35 MKII for about 20 years. Great boat. The deck core is usually an issue. The hand rails usually leak. I re-cored my doghouse which wasn't too bad a job. The hull is very "sturdy" with the glass layered thick so I haven't seen any hull issues. Did the standard blister repair barrier coat about 7 seven years ago. I replaced the rudder 10 years ago as the old rudder core was soaked. A successor company has the molds and will sell a new one. Replaced the standing and running rigging. Repowered with a Yanmar after my Atomic 4 rusted through. One major upgrade I would highly recommend is to replace the wheel with a tiller, makes the cockpit much roomier. Also replaced the stern rail with a stock catalina stern rail with seats- the family's favorite upgrade. I would highly recommend the boat and would be happy to answer any other questions. My boat may be on the market this fall.
 

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How is the search going? I have owned a C&C 35 MKII for about 20 years. Great boat. The deck core is usually an issue. The hand rails usually leak. I re-cored my doghouse which wasn't too bad a job. The hull is very "sturdy" with the glass layered thick so I haven't seen any hull issues. Did the standard blister repair barrier coat about 7 seven years ago. I replaced the rudder 10 years ago as the old rudder core was soaked. A successor company has the molds and will sell a new one. Replaced the standing and running rigging. Repowered with a Yanmar after my Atomic 4 rusted through. One major upgrade I would highly recommend is to replace the wheel with a tiller, makes the cockpit much roomier. Also replaced the stern rail with a stock catalina stern rail with seats- the family's favorite upgrade. I would highly recommend the boat and would be happy to answer any other questions. My boat may be on the market this fall.
Thanks for checking in. We didn't end up finding a C&C 35-2 that met a survey pass, or at least one we felt comfortable taking on. We've ended our shopping on a 1982 Mirage 33 and love the boat. The C&C 35 is a legend, but the M33 is no slouch either. We are very happy and can finally stretch out in a boat compared to our old 7.5m Tanzer!
 
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