The C&C 36 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The C&C 36, an aft-cockpit sloop, was designed and built in Canada by C&C Yachts.

A C&C 36 sailboat under sailShown here is the 36.1, the cruiser/racer version of the C&C 36

Published Specification for the C&C 36

Underwater Profile: Fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 35'7" (10.9m)

Waterline Length: 27'9" (8.5m)

Beam: 11'6" (3.5m)

Draft: 5'11" (1.8m)

Rig Type: Sloop

Displacement: 12,000lb (5,443kg)

Designer: Cuthbertson & Cassian Ltd

Builder: C&C Yachts (Canada)

Year First Built: 1977

Published Design Ratios for the C&C 36

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 18.4

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 41.7

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 251

4. Comfort Ratio: 23.8

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.0

read more about these Key Performance Indicators...

Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the C&C 36

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 18.4 suggests that the C&C 36 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 41.7 means that the C&C 36 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 251 tells us the C&C 36 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 23.8 suggests that crew comfort of a C&C 36 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.0 tells us that a C&C 36 would not be as good a choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making, owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas, when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.

More about the C&C 36 Sailboat...

The C&C 36 is a 10.9 m (36 ft) monohull sailboat designed by C&C Design and built by C&C Yachts starting in 1977 . It is a sloop-rigged boat with a fin keel and a spade rudder. It has a fiberglass hull and deck, with a balsa core for stiffness and insulation. The boat has a sleek and elegant profile, with a reverse transom and a low cabin top. The boat is well balanced and responsive, with good performance in light to moderate winds. The boat can accommodate up to six people in two cabins and the main salon.

The C&C 36 has a spacious and comfortable interior, with plenty of natural light and ventilation. The boat has a traditional layout, with a V-berth cabin forward, followed by a head compartment with a marine toilet and a shower. The main salon has two settees that can convert into berths, a folding dining table, and ample storage space. The galley on the port side, comprising a stove with an oven, plus a sink and a refrigerator. The navigation station is opposite the galley, with a chart table, an electrical panel, and an instrument console. The aft cabin is accessed through the galley or the cockpit, and has a double berth and a hanging locker.

Hull and Deck
The C&C 36 has a solid fiberglass hull with a balsa core sandwich construction for the deck. The hull has a moderate freeboard and a fine entry, with a flared bow that helps to reduce spray. The deck has molded nonskid surfaces for safety and traction. The cockpit is large and comfortable, with high coamings and wide seats. The boat is steered by a pedestal-mounted wheel. The boat has two large cockpit lockers for storage, as well as an anchor locker at the bow. The boat has stainless steel stanchions and lifelines, as well as bow and stern pulpits for security. The boat has an aluminum toe rail that runs along the deck edge.

Mast and Rigging
The C&C 36 has an aluminum mast that is keel-stepped. The mast has two sets of spreaders and an air draft of about 15 m (49 ft). The mast supports a sloop rig with a mainsail and a furling genoa. The mainsail has slab reefing and is controlled by a traveler mounted on the cabin top. The genoa has roller furling and is sheeted to tracks on the side decks. The boat also has an optional spinnaker for downwind sailing. The boat has stainless steel wire standing rigging and dacron running rigging. The boat has two primary winches on the cockpit coamings for the genoa sheets, two secondary winches on the cabin top for the halyards and reefing lines, and one mainsheet winch on the pedestal.

Keel and Rudder
The C&C 36 has a cast iron fin keel that provides stability and performance. The keel has a draft of 1.8 m (5.9 ft) and a ballast of 2,268 kg (5,000 lb). The keel is bolted to the hull with stainless steel bolts. The rudder is internally mounted on the transom and connected to the wheel by cables. The rudder is balanced and provides good steering control.

The above text was drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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