Boat Review April 2014 Issue

C&C 40 Still Turning Heads

A well cared-for edition of this racer-cruiser offers good value.

Photo by Francis Grenon (

The C&C 40 Corsair, owned by PS reader David Risch sets out in the 2009 Marion-Bermuda Race with a bone in her teeth.

While C&C did not invent the racer/cruiser, the Canadian-based company has remained dedicated for two decades to the concept of the dual-purpose boat. With the notable exception of a few pure cruisers—the relatively low-performance Landfall 35, 42, 43, and 48—a racer-based cruising boat (the Landfall 38), and a real oddball (the Mega 30), most C&Cs have paid at least lip service to contemporary trends in racing boats.

In some cases, C&C’s boats have been closely designed to the racing rules. The C&C 38 was a somewhat modified old IOR (International Offshore Rule) one-tonner, the later C&C 41 was a development of several C&C custom IOR boats, and the C&C 37+ was designed to be competitive under the current International Measurement System (IMS) handicapping rule.

The C&C 40 entered production as a 1978 model and was phased out in 1983, replaced by the higher-performance C&C 41—a bigger, much faster, slightly lighter, more powerful boat, which still managed to be cheaper than the previous C&C 40s built.

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