This racer-cruiser makes for spirited club racing and great family cruising
Some owners say the cockpit is somewhat small, although it is typical for this vintage boat. Six crew is about the maximum for the cockpit.
Depending on the model, the mainsheet and traveler will be found installed in different places. Some boat owners preferred the traveler in front of the steering pedestal, with primary winches at the rear of the cockpit.
“This allows the skipper to handle the trimming of all the sails, plus it is not in the way of the other passengers,” Wilson said.
Rigging varied from model to model. Some boats had the traveler on the transom, others on the coachroof or at the steering pedestal. All had C&C’s iconic aluminum toerail that allowed easy movement of hardware. Matting was installed under the deck hardware mountings to withstand compression loading. Rod rigging was used to support the mast. Some boats were equipped with a single backstay or a running backstay. The boats had either two or three spreaders.
All the models have a forward and aft cabin. Additional berths are found toward the middle of the main cabin. The head with shower is located to starboard, just aft of the forward cabin.
The galley features dual molded sinks, cupboard storage, icebox and a Force 10 propane stove. The boat was designed to carry 60 gallons of fresh water.
Some reviews noted the boat lacks adequate ventilation, particularly in the aft cabin. The adjacent galley can add to the heat, making the aft berth less comfortable.
The main cabin has a large L-shaped settee to port and a centerline drop-leaf table. The settee has a removable backrest that extends aft to create a seat for the tiny chart table. The chart table has been criticized for its design and poor quality.
A teak-and-holly sole, an oil-rubbed teak ceiling with wooden overhead handrails, and wood cabinets and bulkheads give the interior with a warm, traditional feel.
The C&C 34+ came with a 30-horsepower Yanmar 3GM30F diesel engine. The C&C 34R has a 30-horsepower Universal M-25 diesel. The boat carries 40 gallons of fuel.
Owners report that the Yanmar engine moves the boat along steadily when needed, making it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. As one owner put it, “Engine access is adequate, though a little tight as you might expect, but everything is reachable.”
Scheaffer recalled sailing downwind when a squall hit with 30 knots-plus winds. His boat was under full sail, with the entire crew on the rail. The boat was surfing waves up the inlet to Atlantic City Marina.
“I felt like I was driving a chariot with the bow waves emanating from just forward of the keel and shooting more than 20 feet out on either side,” he said. “It was great fun.”
Wilson said the boat is powerful.
“You do need to reef early as the boat is light. We sail a lot with one reef in the main. Mainly because we want to keep the boat flat so that we don’t spill anything. Plus it is just more comfortable and feels safer for the non-sailors on board,” he said.
Wilson, who owns the wing-keel version that draws five feet, gave a thumbs up to the boat’s balanced helm.
“Flat water or big waves, or big wind or light. It sails great in all conditions,” he said. “The huge rudder keeps the boat balanced. With the wing keel, we sail through some interesting shallow places.”
The C&C 34+ is a fast, capable offshore racer-cruiser with sleek lines and strong bones.
Principal dimensions: LOA 35’6”; LWL 30’10”; Beam 11’6”; Draft racing keel 7’5”, deep keel 7’3”, wing keel 5’; Displ. 12,000 lb.; Ballast 4,700 lb. ; Sail area 669 sq. ft.
PRICE: The price for a C&C 34+ in 2021 ranged from a high of nearly $85,000 in Canada to a low of less than $40,000 in Florida.
DESIGN QUALITY: The C&C 34+ is a club racer-cruiser designed by Canadian naval architect Rob Ball and considered a classic among his lengthy list of boats created while serving as chief designer at C&C Yachts in Ontario from 1973 to 1990.
CONSTRUCTION QUALITY: Unlike the earlier version of the C&C 34 introduced in 1977, the C&C 34+ is made from stronger and lighter materials, primarily fiberglass and Kevlar. The hull and deck are balsa cored, which was innovative at the time.
USER-FRIENDLINESS: C&C 34+ owners tend to appreciate how their boats handle in a wide range of sea states. Traveler and winches can typically be controlled by the helmsman. The cockpit seats six and wide side decks and a clean layout promote easy crew movement.
SAFETY: The C&C 34+ is solidly built with a blend of fiberglass and kevlar. It has solid rod rigging, stainless deck hardware, lifelines, bow pulpit and abundant ballast in the keel to keep her upright in a blow. The deck is uncluttered by hardware.
TYPICAL CONDITION: First launched in 1989, some are 32 years old. Steve Wilson, who sails his 1990 C&C+ Last Call on Lake Huron isn’t concerned about the boat’s age. “Mine is in better shape compared to many newer boats I have seen, and that has to do with the C&C quality of construction,” he said.
REFITTING: The holding tank is somewhat small and may need enlargement. According to Wilson, the original two-blade propeller is on the small side and struggles to push the hull through large waves. He is upgrading to a three-blade Maxi prop.
SUPPORT: C&C Yachts is no longer in business. However, Rob Ball is still involved in the sailing industry and offers advice and opinions about the boats he designed. There are C&C owner groups with active online forums, including on Google and on Facebook at C&C Sailboat Owners Group and at C&C Sailors.
AVAILABILITY: At least five boats were for sale in the United States and southern Canada in the fall of 2021.
INVESTMENT AND RESALE: The boats are selling for $70,000 to $80,000 even though they were built more than three decades ago.
General Market Price Data: $39,900 1992 California; $79,500 1990 Massachusetts; $84,900 1990 Vancouver, BC