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Hi Everyone,

First off, I'm very new to sailing. I took a sailing course last summer and fell in love with it. I have since bought a C&C 30 MKI, I'm tickled pink, looking forward to unwrapping it, it is stored away for winter. I plan to work on gaining some sailing experience and sail my boat from Maine to New Brunswick in June. I would like to gain some advice on safely making the boat ready, such as equipment and rigging the boat.
My list of upgrades is low, I think it may need expanding, so far I have;

Bottom paint
Paint Hull
Batteries
Paint Mast
Repair Mast step
Radar
Radar Reflector
Autopilot
Chartplotter
LED Mast light
Replace Thru Hulls


If anyone could chime in on appropriate equipment that is sutible for the size of boat (especially the electronics) that would allow the boat to be out for multi days, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks for any help.
 

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Congrats on the new boat! Sailing will change your life in the best way possible :)

As far as equipment goes, having an autopilot and all the electronic goodies is great but I really encourage you to practice sailing without them and become proficient. Use instruments to augment your sailing instead of telling you how to sail.

I sailed for 6 years on a boat with no electronics other than running lights. My new boat has all the goodies but I rarely need to use them because sailing without for so long gives you an intuitive feel for it. They could all go out and I would be able to sail back home just fine. That to me is the best piece of "equipment".

You are going to have a lot of fun and make some great memories with your boat. I wish you all the best!
 

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I'd have a look at the stuffing box, maybe have a go at repacking/adjusting it so you'll know how...Check the rig carefully, chainplates, terminations at all shrouds. I'm not big on "required" electronics so whatever the budget allows is fine - don't fall into that "electronics gotta-have" pit. You really just need a compass and a chart (paper) and know how to work them.

Oh, I just saw you were from up North...maybe consider HEAT...:)
 

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My philosophy when I bought my boat was
1)Safety
2)Creature Comfort
3)Aesthetics

As such, I did the thru-hulls, had a rigger check the mast and standing rigging (replaced one chainplate), new batteries, sealed leaky portholes, and did on-board overhaul of motor in the first year. We sailed it "ugly" for the first year but had a great season. The second winter I scraped, sanded and painted the bottom, painted the hull and topsides, refinished the teak and bought a new headsail. My only instruments are a compass and depth finder. I use an Ipad as my chart plotter. I'm adding autopilot this winter as well as a dodger and a few other odds and ends.
Good luck.
 

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I would skip painting the mast and hull the first year. Unless you have a heated storage, you won't be able to do this outside in your time frame. I would imaging a working radar would be a good thing for where you sail. Plan on having things added to your list... possibly after you launch. You don't know what you don't know, until you do!
 

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Personal and Boat safety first. Then repair and upgrade with a priority list. You will get to a point every year where the Maintenance slows (hopefully) and you just use the Boat while making a list. Too hot to work on it etc. It takes at least 3 years to get to know your Boat and at that vintage you will never end the list, don't be discouraged by that comment its just a reality of ownership. You picked a good first boat too.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, much appreciated. Lol, I think my maintenance lists grow every year with my vehicles. Being Ex Military I'm very OCD. The nice thing about where I live is the boat comes out during the winter months, lol, the sad thing is my boat is out in the winter and not sailing.
 

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Wouldn't bother painting the mast, it's an aluminium spar so any paint is going to be coming off again in a few years anyway. Great boat, very stable, very forgiving. Enjoy :)
 

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Welcome to the C&C club. 30 is a really nice boat. Follow the advice given...safety first.

I would have the keel boats tightened as C&C has a well known smile at the hull keel junction. Additionally I would check thru hulls and also any deck equipment as the upper on most has a balsa core. Look carefully the first year or two for leaking or water intrusion in every crevice so you catch it and repair it early before it spreads.

Also if you are rid rigged when was the last time the heads were reworked?

C&C has a reputation of stiff very responsive handling. Learn to reef your main early (18 knots ) to keep her on her feet and not overcome by too much sail area up.

Also the C&C owners forum is a great group to learn the intricacies of your particular model with like owners
 
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Hi there,

I'm planning on getting a C&C 30 too as my first sailboat, after reading your post I'm wondering if the boat met your expectations and how is she as of now.

Thanks!
 

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Hi there,

I'm planning on getting a C&C 30 too as my first sailboat, after reading your post I'm wondering if the boat met your expectations and how is she as of now.

Thanks!
Hi, the boat has met my expectations and more. I'm very happy with it. My first sail after i took a sail lesson involved me and the boat three day and nights on the water, the end of the trip was in 3 meter seas, 30 gusting 40 kts wind. It took me through no problem.
Boat is realy easy to work on, i thought i would upgrade but now I'm with this boat for as long as she will have me.
I would totally do it again. All old boats have problems, being able to repair and improve upon it is ideal. Good luck.
 

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Just came across your posting.
I too am the new owner of a C&C 30 MKI (1974) and plan to have it out for lake cruising soon.

Writing to ask how things are going with your C&C? I have checked rigging and am replacing some halyards and sheets. Everything else looks OK for now.

Tom
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Hi Everyone,

First off, I'm very new to sailing. I took a sailing course last summer and fell in love with it. I have since bought a C&C 30 MKI, I'm tickled pink, looking forward to unwrapping it, it is stored away for winter. I plan to work on gaining some sailing experience and sail my boat from Maine to New Brunswick in June. I would like to gain some advice on safely making the boat ready, such as equipment and rigging the boat.
My list of upgrades is low, I think it may need expanding, so far I have;

Bottom paint
Paint Hull
Batteries
Paint Mast
Repair Mast step
Radar
Radar Reflector
Autopilot
Chartplotter
LED Mast light
Replace Thru Hulls


If anyone could chime in on appropriate equipment that is sutible for the size of boat (especially the electronics) that would allow the boat to be out for multi days, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks for any help.
 

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I'm a new 1979 C&C 30 MK1 owner, When I inspected my boat I saw there there is wire connections for 2 batteries. If its like my camper van one is for the appliance a deep cycle battery and the other a normal battery for the motor. Could anyone direct me to what batteries to get and what is the placement of the batteries. how do I know which wires to use with each battery maybe there is schema somewhere I haven't found yet. Thanks for your help.
 

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Most boats of your size and age had two Group 24 or 27 batteries and a 1-2-Both-Off switch. Either was used to start the engine and run the lights, electronics, etc. Going that route is fine. An upgrade would be two golf cart batteries for a house bank and a start battery. No battery boxes? Get some if not.
 

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I'm a new 1979 C&C 30 MK1 owner, When I inspected my boat I saw there there is wire connections for 2 batteries. If its like my camper van one is for the appliance a deep cycle battery and the other a normal battery for the motor. Could anyone direct me to what batteries to get and what is the placement of the batteries. how do I know which wires to use with each battery maybe there is schema somewhere I haven't found yet. Thanks for your help.
Not sure I understand the question, are you referring to a place to connect at the 1/2/ all switch with no cables connected then you would need to add a Battery, find a place for it and run cables. If you have cables and no Battery then you just need to know what Battery will fit. In any event you want a Battery box and depending on space available choose a Battery for that space.
 
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