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S/V Johanna Rose
1981 C&C Landfall 38
Hull #088

For several years I owned a 1979 C&C 29.  I loved sailing that boat, and often said, "The C&C 29 is the perfect sailboat for the next 20 years".  But deep down I had been itching for a good performance cruiser, and the Landfall 38 was on the top of my list.  And you know how it goes, when you are not looking for a boat, and you come across a listing for a boat that you like(because you are actually deep down looking for a boat), you just can't stop thinking about getting that boat.  The only problem was that it was not a sailboat per say but rather a somewhat risky project boat. Life is short as cliche goes, so the wife and I went ahead and  purchased the Project(see the original craiglisting).    I then cleaned up the C&C 29, and shortly after sold her.  We were happy that she was sold(i.e., $$ for the project) but truly sad to see her go. She will be missed.

Here is an excerpt from a C&C Landfall 38 review by John Kretschmer
Sailing Magazine 

The Landfall 38 bears the unmistakable pedigree of C&C. That is, the first incarnation of C&C, when the Canadian firm was one of the world's premier builders. At this time Rob Ball was heavily involved in the C&C design office and deserves credit for the Landfall 38. Sure the teak caprail was a departure from C&Cs near trademark aluminum toerail, but that was just a modest way of competing with Taiwanese boats. The modern profile, sleek cabintrunk, fine entry and pinched IOR stern screamed Cuthbertson and Cassian. And I confess without a hint of shame, it's a look I've always admired.

The Landfall 38 is a masthead sloop with 649 square feet of working sail. The hull shape features a lovely entry and long bow overhang that shortens the LWL to a little less than 30 feet. A moderate fin keel with a draft of 4 feet, 11 inches was standard while a 5-foot, 8-inch deep-draft keel was also available but not popular. The free-standing balanced rudder is mounted well aft. This rudder arrangement was controversial in its day. Cruising boat rudders were, at the very least, supposed to be skeg mounted. There are a couple of different figures published for displacement but the most reliable number seems to be 15,000 pounds. This translates into a sail area/displacement ratio of 17 and a displacement/length ratio of 254. The capsize screening value is 1.9. While it is hard to see these figures signifying anything other than a good all-around sailing boat, they were considered pretty racy in their day.

C&C Landfall 38
Hull Type: Fin w/spade rudderRig Type: Masthead Sloop
LOA: 37.58' / 11.45mLWL: 30.17' / 9.20m
Beam: 12.00' / 3.66mListed SA: 648 ft2 / 60.2 m2
Draft (max.) 5.00' / 1.52mDraft (min.)
Disp. 16700 lbs./ 7575 kgs.Ballast: 6500 lbs. / 2948 kgs.
SA/Disp.: 15.93Bal./Disp.: 38.92%Disp./Len.: 271.48
Designer: C&C
Builder: C&C Yachts
Construct.: FG w/balsa cored hull & deckBal. type: Lead
First Built: 1979Last Built: 1985# Built: 180
AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)
Make: YanmarModel: 3HM/3QM
Type: DieselHP: 30
Water: 103 gals. / 390 ltrs.Fuel: 30 gals. / 114 ltrs.
I(IG): 47.20' / 14.39mJ: 16.20' / 4.94m
P: 41.80' / 12.74mE: 12.70' / 3.87m
SA(Fore.): 382.32 ft2 / 35.52 m2SA(Main): 265.43 ft2 / 24.66 m2
Total(calc.)SA:  647.75 ft2 / 60.18 m2DL ratio: 271.48
SA/Disp: 15.92Est. Forestay Len.: 49.90' / 15.21m
BUILDERS (past & present)
More about & boats built by:  C&C Yachts
More about & boats designed by:   Cuthbertson & Cassian
More about & boats designed by:  Robert Ball
The LANDFALL 38 shares the same hull design as the C&C 38-2 but with a shallower keel, shorter rig and entirely different interior. Built at C&C's Rhode Island (USA) plant.

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