C&C 27 Association – Black Arts
The Secrets of Successful Boatkeepers
Want to upgrade or repair your C&C 27? Black Arts is a repository
for ideas, techniques and technical information. Most Black Arts pages began life
as topics that attracted more than the usual level of interest in the Forum.
The suppliers who may be suggested in these pages are more often small businesses than
global e-commerce operators. If you don't get a response to an e-mail in a few
days, play it their way and phone – this will probably give you the type of
response you want.
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- Additional stowage – Aragorn's hidden
space becomes a convenient bar (.pdf).
- Bargain gear – The hidden price
of uncertain parentage.
- Buying a C&C 27 – A few ideas from past Forum
posts on what to look for when buying a C&C 27.
- C&C 'Smile' – Fixing the C&C 'Smile'.
- Cabin-top traveller – Play Hookey's owner wanted to get the traveller out of the cockpit.
- Cockpit sole – Repairing the rotted core of Passtime's cockpit sole.
- Cockpit table – A plan for a secure cockpit table on a tiller-steered boat, as implemented
on Aragorn (.pdf).
- Cradles, trailers & jackstands – Boat support requirements,
working tips for cradles and jackstands plus dimensions of a standard steel C&C
27 (I to IV) storage cradle.
- Deck layouts – How you lay out sail
controls on your deck depends on your boat's use.
- Deck rejuvenation – Aragorn's deck was tired and worn but specialized paints smartened her up.
- Deck repairs – Water entry had rotted Critical
Path's deck core; an extended repair process made the deck sound again.
- Deck repairs II – Budge had a little
bit of delamination, but a whole lot of unattractive and slippery non-skid that her owner
cured with a modest amount of money and a lot of elbow grease.
- Diagrams & drawings – Information
on small parts of the C&C 27..
- Gas tank warning – Steel tanks and
fuel senders rust; all are long past their replace-by date.
- Genoa tracks – Photos of installations
aboard three boats and a description of the "drill, fill & drill" process
that prevents water from entering the laminate.
- Haulout without slings – An imaginative way to
- Heads, holding tanks and other nasties – A
few ideas for tackling bad smells.
- Hose clamps – There's a right way and a wrong way to install them.
- Hull Identification Numbers – How to locate
and read your 27's serial number and build date.
- Hyperion's new rudder – Recovering
from Hurricane Juan.
- Hyperion's new engine – ... And a new Yanmar
for good measure.
- Internal outhaul – Options for an easily adjustable internal outhaul on elliptical
and rectangular booms.
- Keelbolt torque values – Probably not
as tight as you thought.
- Mark III rudder – A
resource for those who need to repair or replace a rudder.
- Moisture meter – Investigating
the relationship between meter readings and dampness in the core.
- New rudder – a replacement for
a condemned rudder and a proposed alternative.
- Parts – Names and sources for odd ones – Mk V tanks, masthead sheaves, O-rings, PSS shaft seal maintenance kit, etc.
- Prop shaft, stuffing box & cutless bearing – a
little maintenance can save a $500 shaft.
- Propellers – Boat/engine/prop
combinations as reported in the Forum with owner comments.
- Renewed saloon – A
new saloon configuration offers more space and sleeping comfort.
- Stanchion bases – Wondering what you have
and how to replace a bad one? Plus a pointer to a fix for a common problem with crushed gelcoat.
- Steering enhancements – A laminated
tiller provides elegance and improved function on a Mk V.
- Transducer mounting – If
you're wondering where and how...
- Traveller replacement – Relocating
to the bridgedeck or simply replacing.
- Traveller on the coachroof – Moving the mainsheet out of the cockpit.
- Tools & spare parts – Don't leave the
club without them.
- Tuning the rig, Mks I to IV – Setting up for good
performance when racing or cruising.
- Tuning the rig, Mk V – Setting up for good
performance when racing or cruising.
- Various projects – below – Miscellaneous
ideas, including various forms of stowage, roll-your-own LED lights
and additional galley space.
- Various projects – on deck – Miscellaneous
ideas, including spreader repairs, ladders and protection against wandering pump
- Working sketches – Views
of the 27 for use in planning various projects.
- Windows – Crazed, leaking windows – you've
got 'em, now replace 'em. Includes brief notes on materials and Mk III/Mk IV alloy