The C&C 30 has a reputation as a good club racer, but is equally well known as a comfortable cruising boat that can easily accommodate an average size family. Vee-berth forward with an opening hatch above, the head area is curtained off from the rest of the boat. Port and starboard settee/berths in the main salon lie across from a folding table.
It became an international classic one-design in the 30 foot class. Almost 1000 C&C 30 sailboats were built from the early 1970s to the early 1980s -- close to two a week. It was built of advanced materials like a balsa wood core deck for lightness and strength, and a high performance fin keel.
With advanced materials, it was stronger and faster than other production 30 foot sailboats. It can be expected to beat other brands of sailboats in a race. Yet with a large 10 foot beam it is one of the roomiest cruisers in the 30 foot range. The beam also makes the boat stiffer, so that it races, and cruises, better than similar boats in heavy air.
The stronger the winds, the more power and stability the boat has. It also has room to easily sleep 4 people for weekend or week-long or longer cruises.