C&C Mega 30 Racing Sailboat

25 May

2016 Update – This boat sold a long time ago.  We’re leaving this up because it has a lot of good information about our boat and Mega30’s in general.  

1978 C&C Mega 30 Racing Trailerable (Retracting  Keel) Sailboat with Johnson 8hp outboard, roller furling with twin slots, new 12v electrics.

The C&C Mega 30 was FAR ahead of its time, with a planing hull, torpedo style bulb keel, mainsail favored fractional sail plan, and split backstay.   For C&C it was to be the first of a new era – their “one-design” class, in partnership with North Sails, and the first boat to be produced at their then-new Niagara-on-the-lake facility.   The boat was also designed to be trailerable, feature 6+ foot headroom in salon and 6+ foot bunks, self-tacking jib, and be exclusively powered by outboard.  This meant that the boat would be light, narrow, and very fast, especially in planing conditions.

All of those promises were accurate but two things kept this boat from taking off: 1) The trailerability of a sailboat was greatly overestimated as right at the time the oil crisis hit the US and suddenly nobody wanted to trailer anything anywhere.  Therefore the retractable keel, while technically an advantage, is a slight disadvantage compared to a fixed keel (C&C would later offer a fixed keel model).  2) J boats had already captured the one-design market with their hugely popular J30, a heavier but beamier boat.

That didn’t stop this boat from being very fast when sailed accurately.  Ask anyone who has raced against them and they will know how competetive they can be.


In the right hands, this boat is a winner.  It needs max crew because of its light weight, planing hull and narrow beam to go weather well, but it will absolutely trounce the competition off the wind, and if you are planing, forget it.    This is a giant killer, it will beat J30s and anything else remotely in its class.  It has numerous advantages, it’s biggest advantage is that it weighs just 4400 lbs. and half of that is in the keel!

Whirlwind is a properly campaigned C&C Mega 30 on Lake Ontario, you can see their website here: http://www.whirlwind30.com (although it appears down at the moment so you can see the cached version here http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:s44Y0K0FGdEJ:www.whirlwind30.com/+whirlwind30&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a )

Here’s how they did this year this was taken from a post by the owner Dave Leonard on the Mega 30 Yahoo usergroup:

SO how did whirlwind do this season….. well……. we did 39 races .. We sailed against C&C 33 mk II’s OMG are they fast in 5-10 knots of wind… and a few other types of boats CS 30, yamaha 30, an X yacht, and a few others… a very tough division with some very talented skippers.

Whirlwind was fast this season with her new sails taking the tuesday series win, the thursday series win, and placing second in the fall series. I didn’t calculate the overall for our division yet but cross your fingers

Pasted from <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mega30sailors/message/3623>

This same owner says he has had the boat out in large waves and roaring winds and would trust the boat in ocean racing.


Hull number 64, originally named Sundowner, and purchased out of Texas.  Not much is known about the boat’s history other than the original owner’s name, and that he moved from Texas to Long Beach, CA in the late 80’s with the boat, where it was raced.  In the 90’s it changed hands and was renamed Sue-Zen and taken to Bozemen, Montana.  Finally, it was donated to the Everett Sea Scouts which is how we came across it.

After doing all the work you see below, we finally were able to race it in the Log Dodge in summer, but were still working with only two crew total and still managed to lead all boats for the first part of a race, and coming in fifth in the series out of 14 or 15 or so.


Fred Greenfield has a long history of building, racing, and sailing boats over 65+ years.  Trevor, his son, joined him in 2004 in restoring/rennovating worthwhile fiberglass sailboats.

This is our fifth project together (Previously a Rawson 30, Coronado 30, Columbia 26 MKII, and currently also a Cal 30 MK II), and we are very proud of the work we have done with her.


All improvements done in 2011:


REPAINT: Completely repainted topsides and bottom including complete gelcoat repair, epoxy primer and new Awlgrip Linear Polyurethane  Snow White / Federal Yellow and Interlux Linear Polyurethane Platinum Grey with Interlux non-skid additive on decks.  This is the very best paintjob you can buy – Polyester based Linear Polyurethane.  It looks like a new boat.  Mast/Boom were also completely sanded, treated, coated with Awlgrip jet black linear polyurethane.  Bottom completely faired down to epoxy base coat and covered with 2 coats of high copper bottom paint.

The one real problem Completely replaced the deck skin and core around the hatch and properly sealed so that there will never again be another balsa core disaster as is common on these boats (typical on many fiberglass boats actually).


  • New high tech running rigging, including Yale PoBoN PBO core main halyard – ZERO stretch or creep).  Two jib halyards are Samson XLS Extra, LS spinnaker halyard, control lines are PoBoN or XLS/XLE.  New Samson Trophy Braid Mainsheet.
  • New Harken T2 soft attach blocks and XLS sheet lines for self-tacking jib system.
  • New 4:1 main traveller setup.
  • New Topping Lift – Samson Amsteel Grey Dyneema.   This just needs to be lead along the boom and back to the cockpit, then you will have a quick set reefing topping lift – perfect for our fluky winds in the northwest.
  • New Flag Halyard added
  • Many new blocks and soft shackles used throughout the rigging.


  • New Lexan UV resistant cabin wraparound windows.
  • New Lexan MR tinted hatch window
  • New Sunbrella Gunmetal Boom Cover
  • New Windex
  • New Steaming Light
  • New VHF Wire to antenna
  • New Ancor Duplex wire to Steaming light
  • New Navigation light, raised to clear new assym bowsprit
  • New Bowsprit
  • Propane Grill
  • Spinnaker Pole


  • All interior walls and gelcoat painted with Rustoleum White Topsides UV stabilized.
  • All bunks have been completely rebuilt, painted, and recovered.
  • New cushions – with DuraTuff coverings – outdoor Polyester outer (ala Sunbrella), with vinyl inside
  • New shelf in forepeak for stowage.
  • New (Never used) Thetford 735 MSD portapotti.  Connections are installed for pumpoverboard or through waste fitting but they just need to be hooked up.
  • New Uniden VHF Radio.
  • New 12v Marine Deep Cycle battery.
  • New 12v wiring, new 12v lighting on mast support.


  • 1 mainsail
  • 2  headsails (155% Genoa, 95% Self-tacking jib),
  • 2 spinnakers (1 heavy duty (1.75? Oz. Assymetrical Spinnaker, 1 Symmetrical Spinnaker in excellent condition)

As you can see, ALL of the hard work on this boat has been done, and so much has been replaced or renewed, it is as good as, or better than a new 1978 Mega 30.


  • 7# Danforth style anchor – minimum regulation with chain and rode.
  • Tiller Master
  • 3 winch handles – 1 floating, 2 bronze
  • 2 Stearns Life Vests
  • 4 standard life vests
  • 2 sets of yellow fowlies
  • 1 Fire extinguisher
  • 1 Johnson 8HP with 2.5 gallon tank.
  • 1 120v AC dock extension cord and adapter
  • 1 120v heater
  • 1 Propane rail mounted grill
  • 1 Propane stainless cooktop
  • 1 Safety tote with bandaids, air horns, etc.
  • 1 Tote of cleaners, polishes, and lubricants
  • 1 Stainless Microwave


Still a few minor projects, nothing that would keep the boat from racing or sailing.  We just ran out of weather this year to do them.

  1. Finish wet/dry sanding cabin sole gelcoat and overcoat with 2 coats of federal yellow LP.  Have the paint, just need the time to open the boat up and let the fumes out.  Initially we weren’t going to paint it at all, but decided over the long term it should be redone, so we have already done behind the rear bulkhead and the forward bulkhead, now you just need to do the main salon proper.
  2. Finish sanding down the cabin sole cedar grates and then finish them however desired.  If you want bulletproof and long lasting, use clear linear polurethane finish. We have already finished sanding 1 and a half of the 4 grates.
  3. A few of the smaller control lines (boom vang, backstay tensioner, etc) need to be replaced.  This is not a lot of cordage, again, we just ran out of time.  What lines are there will work for the moment but is old.
  4. Reconnect the electric winch for the keel lift.  We have been raising the keel manually the few times we did it.  If you’re planning on trailering this boat or raising the keel a lot you will want to reconnect that.
  5. Put a final coat of grey (smoke grey rustoleum) paint on the two “galley” cabinets.  This is like a 1 hr task.  But when it rains everyday and doesn’t get above 40 degrees its impossible for us to do.

That’s pretty much all for the “work” that needs completing on this boat.  I’m sure you’ll want to personalize it to make it work better for your desires, and your crew.

The other thing, is you will want to in the next while upgrade the sail inventory.  We have discounted the price to accommodate this.  Not knowing whether the next owner will want white sails or hitech, we have left the headsails and main as they were but the two headsails need a new leech line cleat (cheap repair).  We have added the spinnakers, which are both in very good condition.

This boat is a Mini sled.  Competitive today against anything in its class.  It is a giant killer.  A Hot rod that you can still cruise on, with room for four ADULTS to sleep.