Robert Perry Yacht Design
Sailing Magazine
C&C 34 + and 34R

I’m not sure why I chose that cold and wet Friday to go for a sail, but I did and in retrospect I had a nice sail. The afternoon was punctuated by a run-in with a boat that simply looked great from every angle. It was the new C&C 34R or plus under power and on its way back to the marina. Credit C&C’s designer Rob Ball or having the confidence to give this boat strong and distinctive lines. As the boat slipped away and I admired it one last time from the quarter, all I could think of was I wish I hade designed it.
Let’s dissect this design and see just what makes it so successful, I don’t have any meaningful race results at this time, so I am not going to comment on the comparative speed of this boat. Initial indications are that the boat has plenty of speed, but keep in mind that it is in a very competitive size range and will go head to head against some of the newest and hottest IMS boats. Our discussion will focus on the design as seen on paper, being cognizant of the many variables, such as skipper, crew, sails, etc., that go into making a race winner.
Rob Ball has had but one job and that has been as a yacht designer for C&C. Rob started here in high school and has stayed with the company through various changes in management to the point where he has been chief designer for several years. So while the brochures give no individual credit for design, you can assume that you are looking at the work of Rob Ball when you see a new C&C. Of course Rob owes some of his skill to the very long list of talented designers that have also worked at C&C, not the least of which were the two Cs, George Cuthbertson and George Cassian. Ball has been well trained.  READ REVIEW

C&C 34+R

C&C 34-R photo on
C&C 34R drawing on

Hull Type:  Fin w/bulb & spade rudder Rig Type:  Masthead Sloop
LOA:  34.08′ / 10.39m LWL:  30.58′ / 9.32m
Beam:  11.58′ / 3.53m Listed SA:  669 ft2 / 62.15 m2
Draft (max.)  7.42′ / 2.26m Draft (min.)  
Disp.  12000 lbs./ 5443 kgs. Ballast:  4700 lbs. / 2132 kgs.
SA/Disp.:  20.49 Bal./Disp.:  39.17% Disp./Len.:  187.34
Designer:  Robert Ball
Builder:  C&C Yachts
Construct.:  FG+KEV w/balsa cored hull & deck Bal. type:  Lead
First Built:  1989 Last Built:   # Built:  
AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)
Make:  Universal Model:  M-25
Type:  Diesel HP:  30
Water:  60 gals. / 227 ltrs. Fuel:  40 gals. / 151 ltrs.
I:  48.67′ / 14.83m J:  14.83′ / 4.52m
P:  42.50′ / 12.95m E:  14.50′ / 4.42m
PY:   EY:  
SPL:   ISP:  
SA(Fore.):  360.89 ft2 / 33.53 m2 SA(Main):  308.13 ft2 / 28.62 m2
Total(calc.)SA:   669.01 ft2 / 62.15 m2 DL ratio:  187.34
SA/Disp:  20.49 Est. Forestay Len.:  50.88′ / 15.51m
BUILDERS (past & present)
More about & boats built by:   C&C Yachts
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Rig and keel dimensions were changed a number of times during the production run of this boat.

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