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C&C 30, Itemized component weights from US Watercraft warehouse

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Found these boards at the US Watercraft auction today with the weights of each itemized component of the C&C 30's. I haven't sailed in this class so there is no real investment for me, however, I was intrigued at some of the discrepancies between hull #'s. Most noticeably, the keel bulb weights between some of the hulls; hull #18 = 1,379 lbs at the lightest, hull #2 = 1,404 lbs at the heaviest for a delta of 25 lbs). I don't sail enough small sporties to know or care how much that matters, but I know it definitely matters because I've heard stories of programs purchasing 3 or 4 entire boats (one designs - specifically J70's), stripping and weighing each component, then assembling one 'Uber-boat' with all of the lightest components.... I thought I also read somewhere that the Volvo boats came out of the factory within 3kg's of each other, which seems a substantially more difficult task given the size and complexity of those boats. Anyhow, interesting shower thoughts for me, and maybe a bit more than a shower thought for any C&C 30 owners out there.

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There has to be some tolerance in the build and the weights you single out are within +/-  1%. Not exactly sloppy work. In classes that are not weighed, (Catalina 22's come to mind) there is a distinct advantage in assembling a boat that is several hundred pounds lighter than others. In a boat that is weighed for regattas and needs to have corrector weights, in places that are not usually ideal for weight distribution, why would that be an advantage?

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The weights I'm seeing there are pretty good actually.  Given that the parts are probably a combination of wet layup with bagging and infusion, those numbers look good to me.  The Volvo boats are built using Prepreg, which is easier to dial in a much finer tolerance between parts.  

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