The C&C Landfall 42 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The C&C Landfall 42 cutter was designed by the renowned team of George Cuthbertson & George Cassian and built in USA by C&C Yachts.

Many thanks to the Lemerys family for this pic of their 1980 C&C Landfall 42.

A C&C Landfall 42 sailboat on a mooring ballA C&C Landfall 42 cutter with Hood In-Mast Furling

Published Specification for the C&C Landfall 42

Underwater Profile: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP

Length Overall: 41'8" (12.7m)

Waterline Length: 30'0" (9.1m)

Beam: 12'6" (3.8m()

Draft: 5'0" (1.5m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 21,000lb (9,526kg)

Designer: George Cuthbertson & George Cassian

Builder: C&C Yachts (Canada)

Year First Built: 1976

Published Design Ratios for the C&C Landfall 42

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 13.9

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 41.9

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 347

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 33.5

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the C&C Landfall 42

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 13.9 suggests that the C&C Landfall 42 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 41.9 means that the C&C Landfall 42 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 347, tells us the C&C Landfall 42 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 33.5 suggests that crew comfort of a xxxx in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a C&C Landfall 42 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

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