This blog describes the experiences of purchasing, rebuilding, and sailing a 1981 C&C Landfall 38. To see details on the vessel and read excerpts from reviews, click on the "About the vessel" link. For details on the many projects which were done during the main refitting/rebuilding, see the many links below for project details While the main refitting is done, i.e., the Johanna Rose is now is now fit to sail a reasonable distance, the projects continue.
When I purchased the Johanna Rose, a C&C Landfall 38, I knew I was getting a project. Prior to this I had done some work in upgrading and maintaining my older C&C 29, but I have learned a tremendous amount working on this project. From the time I unstepped the mast, hauled out, splashed back, and stepped the mast, 14 months passed by. I live over an hour away, and I spent practically every weekend at the marina. During this time I would say that I have a project boat. I now proudly speak of her as a sailboat and no longer as my project boat, but as we all know the projects never end ... I can just sail her now in between doing some additional project work.
There are several online resources and folks I must thank for providing helpful information. First, any C&C owner knows (or should) of the wealth of information on the C&C Photo Album website and associated CnC mailing list. Stu's site is not only full of C&C related information but sustains a vibrant and supportive community. Folks here are wonderful at providing useful knowledge. Then there is the Stella Blue site. If you want to see a great & useful site about restoring a C&C Landfall 38, then go to Wally's site. I am proud of my work, but much of what I have done was guided by his site. His work is a real inspiration. Randall's advice and guidance was exceptionally valuable, but his help on the impossible jobs were on par with miracles. The folks at Dockside Marina are like family. They have been an enormous help throughout it all, and I truly enjoy giving them a hand whenever I can.