- Stephen and Mary,
I'm just now getting back to you on your earlier message. Congratulations on
buying Levity. I'm hoping by now that you have had time to sail her home and
are getting some sailing in. I think you will enjoy your CN 35. We are
really happy with Alegria's sailing performance. We were looking for a
cruising boat but wanted some speed. According to our GPS, she'll do 9 knots.
I think Levity must be one of the other two CN 35's listings that the broker
showed us. I remember that they were both on the East Coast and that one had
a Mercedes. Levity would have been on the market at the same time as Alegria.
Regarding the inner forestay set up, the former owner installed it and claimed
that he checked the installation with Camper Nicholson and that they said it
should work. Let me try to describe it: The stay runs from just below the
masthead (steaming) light to just behind the windlass one the foredeck. The
stay itself is in two pieces. The first piece stays attached to the mast as I
mentioned below the masthead light and is stored flush with the forward part
of the mast when not in use. The second piece is 3 to 4 feet long and is
removed and stored below. This solves the storage problem that you might be
reading about in recent issues of Practical Sailor if you get it. The
removable piece has a turnbuckle with two handles which fold out from the body
of the turnbuckle. I don't know the proper name for this type of turnbuckle
but it allows for easy adjustment and tensioning of the stay. The deck
fitting is a standard plate with eye that is reinforced from below with a 3/8
inch thick ( or there abouts) piece of aluminum plate. The approximate size
of this reinforcing plate is 6 x 6 inches. It had to be notched slightly to
avoid the windlass parts protruding below decks. The reinforcing plate is in
turn reinforced by a short stay that runs down from the plate through a slit
the flooring of the forepeak storage area. This short stay is attached to
another 3/8 inch aluminum plate which is standing on edge and has been
glassed into the stem of the boat. As to the running rigging, Alegria has a
spinnaker halyard which I am assuming can be used to raise the storm staysail.
I say assume because we have never rigged the stay and have as yet to remove
the storm sail from it's bag. The sheets, I assume, are led to the secondary
winches on the aft part of the cockpit.
I hope this description helps. I would be happy to send pictures if that
I'm getting confused by hull numbers. Alegria is hull #68 and is supposedly a
1976. Jack has mentioned that Iona is hull 135 and is a 1977 which seems like
a lot of boats built in only one year. Can anyone clear this up? Perhaps
Alegria is an older boat but the year '76 is included in the serial number on
Have you contacted the yard? C&N has records on all their boats which are kept
as up-to-date as they can. I believe the e-mail address is in the archives or
you can call them.
Cheryl is the usual contact person and she will take down some info on you and
the transaction when you make contact. They can give you a lot of info.
(We got the blueprints for BluePearl!)
From the sounds of it I would say that you got the same advice re the inner
forestay that we did. I understand that that sort of arrangement is fairly
common over there and is usually termed a "solent stay". It is frequently used
in conjunction with a rooler furled jib to give better sail area control---who
wants to be dropping an unsecured sail when the wind pipes up?
I am still trying to figure out how to set up a database so we can compare boats
more easily. Someday...