1981 C&C Landfall 38

US$ 25,000
San Diego, CA
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
San Diego, CA
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Current Price:
US$ 25,000 

A Perfect Coastal Cruiser / Liveaboard

"Interior arrangements are very much a matter of personal preference and intended use, but for my taste the arrangement of the Landfall 38 is just about perfect for a coastal cruiser. " - Naval Architect Jack Horner of Boat US

The C&C Landfall series was C&C Yachts pivot from proven and fast racer/cruisers to more long-range friendly family cruisers. People familiar with C&C yachts prize them for their speed and construction, as they are one of the only full cored construction yards to get it "right."

The layout of the Landfall 38, along with its proven sailing ability, make this boat a perfect opportunity for those looking to upgrade or for those looking to find a comfortable cruiser with C&C's intuitive spatial layout.

This boat boasts a full size T cockpit with asymmetrically balance cockpit door that leads into the captian's berth. In this berth you will find an offset double on one side and a single on the other, along with a pilots station and charting table. Further forward one leads into a large U shaped galley on port. This galley boasts a gimballed stove, full stainless sink, and has a very large amount of storage.

John Kretschmer of Ssialing Magazine writes of the layout, "At first glance this arrangement seems weird but it really works for cruising, especially for couples. The nav station and off-watch crew are within easy earshot of the helm and more importantly can be in the cockpit quickly in an emergency."

Opposite the galley is the roomy head, and further afront is a split salon perfect for extra crew, as each settee can make a single bed in a pinch. Further ahead are hanging lockers and a nicely appointed V double berth. The overall layout of this boat is very attractive to people that know sailing, and that is exactly what Jack Horner means. There is a lot of open space and yet technically there are two staterooms that can sleep up to 7 passengers with both settees.

Furthermore, the Landfall sails like a dream.

Horner also states, "Although the Landfall 38 is a cruising boat, her heritage is that of a racer/cruiser. That heritage is reflected in her handling and performance, and she is easily balanced and driven at all points of sail. The sail area displacement ratio is 15.9 and displacement length ratio is 271, both of which are reasonable for this type of cruiser. The large foretriangle and equally large headsails make a good roller furling system a must."

"Construction of the Landfall 38 is typical of other C&C models with composite hull of fiberglass resin and balsa wood core. C&C has more experience with composite construction than practically any other boat builder, and it is unusual to find any significant structural problems with the hulls of these boats. " - Jack Horner of Boat US

The boat just had recent haul out and bottom paint as of February. Along with that, major service to thru hulls were done at the time along with a new prop.

Other amenities include:


Sloop rigged, extruded Aluminum Double Spreader Spars. Keel stepped mast with stainless rod rigging. Flaked main and furling headsil.

Barient Self Tailing (ST) 32 Primary wenches, ST 19 Cabin Top utility, 3 cabin top non-ST wenches, cam-locked soft vang, and jib lead cars.


12vDC group 24 batteries, Phase III PT-7 Charger, GFCI AC Outlets.

Radio / Electronics:

Uniden MC635 Marine VHF

Garmin GPS Map 162

Ray Marine wheel autopilot


The C&C Landfall 38 was ahead of its time as John Kretschmer of Sailing Magazine notes: "Today, the very features that didn't stack up against the Tayana 37 in the early 1980s make the Landfall 38 desirable on the used boat market. Consider most new cruising designs. They invariably feature a performance-oriented hull shape, often with shoal draft. Maintenance is kept to a minimum, especially externally. They eschew traditional and boring interior layout plans. These same criteria define the Landfall 38... it was just a boat ahead of its time."

This is truly an amazing boat for the money. There are some areas that need some TLC such as the repeaters for the electronics and some finish work. As you see in the picture, the face has fallen off of one. but the owner has just put a variety of new thru-hulls and had work done to her earlier this year, including a bottom job.

Come check her out!


Please Contact Listing Agent Theodore Niekras for a showing today!

"I would like to thank M&M yachts for putting me in contact with Theo Niekras, he really gave me his full attention in regards to finding the boat of my dreams! Theo always had a good attitude no matter what negative results we ran across, always answered my calls no matter what day it was or time of day. So hard to find this type of attitude and work ethic these days I consider myself extremely fortunate!!" - Dave A. of Lakeside, CA

"Dear Theo,

Thank you for all the time and attention you put in finding me my boat. I know I was very particular with all the details and you found me exactly what I was looking for." - Phil C. of Murrieta, CA.

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