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.

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  • Additional stowageAragorn'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 travellerPlay 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 rejuvenationAragorn'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 IIBudge 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 haul out.
  • 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 vanes.
  • 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 forward hatches.