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Ken Juul

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Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2018, 06:36:33 AM »

If we have more than 4 adults with us I make sure people rotate through the stern perch seats, some folks like them so much they spend the whole sail there. It can feel crowded, but it is doable.  You can also plan your sail with a minimum of tacks/gybes to make sail handling easier.  Also make sure all the "cruising" gear is stowed in the car rather than under the cockpit seat.  Long weekend with wife and 3 girl friends only problem was the size of the holding tank :cry4`  All boats are a compromise, I personally like the looks of the Mk1s, but the Mk IIs definitely have a bigger cockpit with basically the same layout.
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Jim Hardesty

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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2018, 08:23:13 AM »

I agree with most of the comments.  My 2cents is that with the MKll or any of the models with the perch seats, sailing with 6 in the cockpit is doable.  I've had more for a sunset/booze cruise.  Of course for a race or windy sail, that would be a crowd   IMHO There are few sailboats with a larger or more comfortable cockpit.
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Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2018, 10:21:20 AM »

I second all the earlier comments, and our MK II is fine with six in the cockpit, especially with the perches, which are the best seats in the house.  One caution with respect to single-handing is that the mainsheet and traveler controls are on the cabin, so if you single-hand a lot, you might want to adjust their fittings.  I recall there are some threads on the forum about single-handing.

I looked at a lot of comparable boats before choosing the C34 a few years ago, and this seemed the optimal mix of sailing performance, space, sensible layout and seaworthiness.  One other factor is the availability of virtually every replacement part on the boat.  Check out Catalina Direct: Catalina Yachts is in it for the long run.
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Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2018, 10:59:24 AM »

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One caution with respect to single-handing is that the mainsheet and traveler controls are on the cabin, so if you single-hand a lot, you might want to adjust their fittings.  I recall there are some threads on the forum about single-handing.>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Here are some links to those threads:

Docking 101  http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,6379.0.html  [includes a link in Reply #1 to a very good single handed topic]

Single Handing 101  http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,5445.0.html

Single Handing 101.1  Midship Cleats Pictures  http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,4921.0.html

Single Handing 101.2 HOPPING OFF THE BOAT IS UNNECESSARY
http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,5445.msg33766.html#msg33766

Some skippers have modified their traveler and mainsheet lines, many of us haven't 'cuz using the autopilot allows one to run the boat from ahead of the wheel, rather than "being a slave behind the wheel."

Your boat, your choice.  :D

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We have one perch seat on our Mark I.  Works great.  I received it as a gift from Al Watson, former owner of hull #55, Kindred Spirit, now owned by Dave Commando.  It's on the port side.  He made it for us after he visited us from the east coast and sailed on SF Bay with us.  He only made one 'cuz he knew we had our BBQ and dinghy outboard and lift on starboard.  Even ONE perch seat makes a difference, and they are extremely easy to build.

Here's one with a lot of pictures:

http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,4804.0.html
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Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2018, 03:51:17 PM »

G : All of my comments are for C34 "loaded" with people.  Like Stu said he took a long trip with 2 people as I did with my 1st Mate.  I speak from experience going south to Key West, Florida from the Chesapeake and lived on my 1988 C34 for just over 8 months before returning back to Virginia!!

My thought
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Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2018, 04:11:11 PM »

I have a mk II and have frequently had six or seven people out for a day sail.  The 'captain's perch' seats over the transom really make it work.  Two people fit there, totally out of the way, and one at the wheel.  No matter where the other three might sit Murphy's law kicks into play . . . someone is occupying the space where someone else needs access to a winch, locker, etc.  But it really does all work out pretty well.
When I bought my boat it was kind of a leap of faith that I was making a good choice.  After a month of getting to know her I realized how fortunate I was with my choice!  Yes we owners might be a little prejudiced regarding our boats, but it is because our boats have met our needs so well.
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