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1981 C&C 40

  • 40 ft
  • Cruiser
  • Rockland, ME, US

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  • Elusive-Dockside
  • Elusive-Dockside
  • Elusive-Dockside
  • Elusive-Dockside
  • 1981 C&C 40
  • 1981 C&C 40
  • 1981 C&C 40
  • 1981 C&C 40
  • 1981 C&C 40
  • 1981 C&C 40


 "At nearly 200 launched, the ql-designed C&C 40 was one of Cuthbertson and Cassian’s most successful models. With a beautiful spring to her sheer, rakish stem, reverse transom and rounded cabin house that gently tapers into the foredeck, the C&C 40 looks fast just sitting on her mooring. But her wolfish exterior hides a sheep. The varnished teak interior is comfortable for a boat of this size and pretty standard for those times." ~ Andrew Burton for Cruising World
Expertly maintained and held in top condition, she commands a loyal following due to her great sailing ability and uniquely detailed craftsmanship, both trademarks of C&C designs.


Basic Information

Rockland, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Dimensions & Weight

40 ft - 12.19 meter
29 ft 7 in - 9.02 meter
12 ft 8 in - 3.86 meter
Draft - max:
4 ft 9 in - 1.45 meter
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30 (Individual)
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
30 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
150 gallons - 3 tank(s)
Holding Tank:


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Vessel Description
"Elusive" is further described as a 1981 C&C 40’ fiberglass sloop with a diesel auxiliary engine. The hull has gray topsides, blue cove stripe, red and blue boot stripes and a red bottom. The decks and cabin are white. The interior layout has an aft cabin and navigation station to port of the entry ladder and the galley opposite to starboard. Forward is the main salon with port and starboard settees and a centered galley table. Forward is the enclosed head to port, hanging lockers to starboard and a V-berth cabin in the bow. 
Construction Details
Hull: Laminated fiberglass and Balsa coring with a fin keel, centerboard, and reversed transom. The hull is stiffened with a laminated grid system and tabbed bulkheads.
Keel: Lead fin, stainless studs through the sump, 8,795 lbs. The centerboard is solid fiberglass (not lowered) with stainless pin and 7x19 wire pennant through a sealed stainless tube.
Decks: Molded laminated fiberglass with Balsa coring and molded non-skid. The hull and deck are joined at the rail with a horizontal hull flange, chemical sealant, and stainless bolts. The cockpit has (2) 2” scuppers with bronze seacocks.
Cabin/House: Integral with deck unit with strategic coring and molded non-skid in traffic areas. 
Rudder and Steering: Fiberglass and foam core spade, 2 ½” stainless post entering through a tall fiberglass tube with heavy gussets with a bronze collar. Wheel to wire steering with an emergency tiller stored.
1 Double Berth, 1 Single Berth, 1 Pilot Berth, 1 Qtr Berth in Main Cabin
1 Double V-Berth in Fwd Cabin
1 head with shower; pressurized hot and cold water, fresh and salt water foot pumps; large ice box with Seafrost engine-driven refrigeration, 3-burner propane stove with oven and broiler, complete galley gear and linens; propane cabin heater; 3 opening hatches, screens throughout.
Make/Model: Yanmar 3QM30
Horsepower: 30
Hours: 3144 on gauge below
Gear: Kanzaki
Location and Accessibility of Machinery Space: Flex mounts to laminated engine beds, below cockpit in enclosed space with front and side panels.
Cooling: Fresh water cooled with raw water heat exchanger, 1” bronze seacock, Perko sea strainer, vented loop, discharging into exhaust.
Exhaust: Wet exhaust system with steel piped riser, mixing elbow, 3” exhaust hose, fiberglass waterlift muffler, discharging above waterline. System appears recently installed.
Shafts, Bearings, Struts: 1-1/8” stainless shaft, bronze packing gland with flex hose coupler to a fiberglass shaft log, bronze I strut with cutless bearing.
Propellers: Two blade 10RH15
Shift and Throttle Controls: Twin levers a pedestal with Morse cables
Gauges and Alarms: Panel in cockpit with RPM and alarms
Condition of Bilge and Drip Pans: Free of fuel and residue
Fuel System
Type: Diesel     
Number: One
Material: Aluminum
Capacity: 30 gallons, estimated
Location and Installation: Set below cockpit, set in wood frame
Fill: Deck fill fitting with USCG Type B hose
Vent: USCG Type B hose to hull vent
Lines: Rating not visible.
Valves: Brass fuel valve at tank
Filters: Racor primary and Yanmar secondary
Grounding: Fill fitting and tank have ground wires attached
Fresh Water System
Tank Material: Stainless     Capacity: 80 gallons estimated
Location and Installation: Two tanks set below settees in main cabin and one bladder in bow
Fill: Deck fills
Vent: Raised loops
Description of System: 12vdc Parmax pressure pump with feeds to head and galley
Hot Water Tank: Raritan marine tank with engine loop and AC element.
Sanitary System
Head and Plumbing: Manual marine head with ¾” and 1½” bronze seacocks for intake and discharge. The sink drains to a 1” bronze seacock.
Holding Tank and Plumbing: Holding tank is plastic w/ manual discharge pump
Shower and Plumbing: Fiberglass floor pan with teak grate and 12vdc Whale Gulper sump pump to an above waterline discharge.
Electrical System
Batteries: (1) 8D AGM for house, (1) Group 24 AGM for engine start
Location and Installation: Sail locker strapped to shelf with cleat, below berth is wood box.
Wire: Stranded copper, marine us approved
Switches: (2) Perko      Panel: Breakers
Cabin Lighting: 12vdc through all cabin spaces
Navigation Lighting: Rail and mast mounted, running and anchoring
Bilge Pumps: Par pump set up an out of bilge with float switch and manual override
Shore Power Connection: 30 Amp connector in cockpit, 50’ shore cord
Panel and Wiring: Breaker panel with polarity alarm
Charger and/or Inverter: ProSport 12 battery charger
AC Equipment: Hot water heater and outlets.
VHF radio; knotmeter with log, depthsounder, wind instruments, Raymarine E80 with interfaced Radar; AM/FM stereo with CD; 12-volt power with 120-volt shore power with battery charger.
VHF: Standard Horizon Matrix
Radar: Raymarine
Plotter: Raymarine E80
GPS: Furuno GP32
Depth: Standard Horizon
Speed: Raymarine ST60
Wind: Datamarine
Description: U-shaped counter with sink draining to a 1” bronze seacock.
Stove: Force 10 LP
Tank and Lines: (2) 20lb LP, deck lockers with gravity drain, approved LP lines, no pressure gauge.
Valves: 12vdc solenoid
Refrigeration: 12vdc Sea Frost cold plate system (recent)
Living Space: (3) deck hatches, (2) Dorades, companionway Engine
Compartment: (2) aft cowls with hoses, 12vdc blower.
Batteries: sealed AGM 
Deck Equipment
Rails and Lifelines: Stainless bow and stern rails with double lifelines and toe rail mounted stanchions, (2) side gates with Pelican hooks, stainless swim ladder on transom with stern rail gate with Pelican hook, aluminum toe rails and teak hand rails on cabin top.
Cleats and Chocks: (2) 10” aluminum cleat at bow and stern, aluminum chocks
Anchors and Tackle: 35lb CQR with 80’ of 3/8” chain and 150’ +/- of ¾” rode. 45lb Danforth with 15’ 3/8” chain lead and 150’+ of 5/8” rode, new Lewmar windlass
Other: Lunch hook stored
Sails and Accessories
Roller furling with 135% reefable genoa, 100% jib, new mainsail with 2 reefs and lazy jacks, 3/4 oz spinnaker, self-tailing winches; dodger, awning; wheel steering; teak cockpit table, full-length cockpit cushions; swim ladder; propane grill; Danforth and CQR anchors with bow roller; Windlass; lifesling; safety equipment as required by US Coast Guard for coastal cruising.
Masts, Rigging, and Sails
Mast(s): Keel stepped, double spreader rig, painted aluminum
Boom(s): Painted aluminum Pole(s): Painted aluminum
Standing Rigging: Navtec solid rod rigging with stainless turnbuckles and forks. The head stay is covered with furler track and is held with a 5/8” stainless chain plate bolted through the stem. 3/8” upper and lower shrouds with ¼” jumpers, held with 5/8” aluminum chain plates bolted to heavy gussets tabbed to the hull. 3/8” back stay to a 5/8” aluminum chain plate bolted to a heavy gusset tabbed to the transom. Rig is inspected annually as part of normal maintenance by Johanson’s Boat Works
Running Rigging: Braided Stay-Set or similar sheets and halyards
Winches: (2) Barient #37 self-tailing three speed, (2) Lewmar #42 self-tailing two-speed, total of (7) Barient self-tail and standard winches on cabin top.
Furling Gear: Harken MKIII head stay roller furler
Travelers and Vangs: Fico travelers for main sheet and adjustable baby head stay
Sails: 2020 main and 130% Genoa, both Dacron. (Info provided)
Canvas: Dodger and matching sail cover
Miscellaneous Equipment
  • Ritchie compass at steering pedestal
  • Force 10 LP cabin heat with vented stack and separate LP line

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