WHY KNOT | 1983 C&C 40 Custom Pilothouse

Kingston, ON, CA


WHY KNOT is a C&C 40 Custom Pilothouse, built in 1983 at C&C Custom Yachts (Bruckmann) in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. C&C Yachts have always had a reputation of being durable, good quality racer/cruiser yachts and their custom-built yachts were second-to-none at the time. Her very knowledgeable original owner sat down with C&C and Bruckmann and they planned through the perfect yacht for his needs. They started with the hull from a C&C 40, arguably one of their best performing hulls, and modified it to have a more traditional cruising stern. The took the bow and cockpit sections from the Landfall 38 series and put a pilothouse, fashioned after the Landfall 48, over the salon. The result was a unique, stiff and fast cruiser with an amazing amount of living space for a very demanding cruising couple. The truly amazing thing is that she has only ever seen the freshwater of the Great Lakes.

She is comfortably appointed below decks with well over 6 feet of headroom, extremely generous lighting and wonderful ventilation. She boasts spacious accommodation for four. She has a beautiful cream-coloured FRP liner with an immaculate teak and holly sole, along with extremely high quality teak trim and cabinetry throughout. WHY KNOTs custom design has an upper salon with navigation station to starboard, with seating opposite and aft, and a lower salon with a full galley to port, and settee and table to starboard. Forward is the V-berth with a door for privacy, and enclosed head to starboard.

When you go aboard WHY KNOT, it will be difficult to believe that she is forty years old. The reasons are, of course, her high quality of design and build and the high degree of continuing attention that has been shown to her. WHY KNOTs previous owners spent thousands of dollars refitting her in the early 2000's. As you read through her specifications, be prepared to be truly amazed at the amount of upgrading that has recently taken place.WHY KNOT has also been repowered with a Volvo D2-55 diesel inboard that was installed in 2005.

She has been very well maintained with many upgrades, and has an extremely clean and bright appearance. She truly is a turnkey cruiser in every sense of the word and is ready to take her new owners anywhere they wish in style and comfort.


  • Length: 40ft
  • Builder: C&C Custom Yachts (Bruckman)
  • Beam: 12' 8"
  • Draft: 5' 0"
  • Year: 1983
  • Displacement: 18700 lbs
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Speed: 7.5
  • Status: Active

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  • Builder: C&C Custom Yachts (Bruckman)
  • Designer: Cuthbertson & Cassian
  • Keel: Fin Keel


  • Length Overall: 39.67 ft
  • Length Waterline: 29.83 ft
  • Max Draft: 5' 0"
  • Displacement: 18700 lb
  • Ballast Weight Measure: 6600 lb
  • Beam Measure: 12' 8"


  • Total Power: 55
  • Engine Brand: Volvo
  • Year Built: 2005
  • Engine Model: D2-55
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 565
  • Engine Power: 55 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (100 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (60 Gallons)


  • Number of cabins: 2
  • Number of heads: 1


  • Engine Brand: Volvo
  • Engine Model: D2-55 (2005)
  • Engine Panel with tachometer, engine hour meter, temp gauge, oil pressure, volt gauge, engine alarm
  • Exhaust water flow alarm
  • Bilge blower
  • Engine HP: 55
  • Propeller: 3 blade Max prop
  • Cruising Speed: 6.5 knots
  • Maximum Speed: 7.5 knots
  • Speedseal impellor
  • Racor Fuel Filter
  • Vacuum Engine oil changer
  • Allcraft Hot Water Tank: 12 gal. 110 volt and engine

General Equipment

  • Anchor: 45 lb. CQR with swivel with 200 chain
  • Secondary Anchor: Fortress FX37 with 25 chain and 250 of 5/8 rode
  • Windlass: Electric Simpson Lawrence Sprint 1000 with up foot switch and handheld remote
  • Windlass emergency manual adapter kit
  • Floating winch handle for Windlass
  • Draining anchor locker at bow
  • Draining aft anchor rode compartment for stern anchor
  • Fore, aft and midship cleats with chocks and toerail
  • Mooring lines
  • Fenders 6
  • Aere inflatable emergency fender
  • Boat hook
  • Magma Propane BBQ with rail mount
  • All manuals for equipment

Sails and Rigging

  • Double spreader rig
  • Mast head lightning dissipater
  • Windex
  • Navtec Rod Rigging
  • Furlex 300 roller furling
  • Masthead tri-light, anchor light, strobe
  • Main, jib, Spinnaker halyards
  • Topping lift
  • Spinlock rope clutches
  • Mainsail: North full batten – in good condition
  • Headsail: Quantum 150% – in good condition
  • Storer Cruising Drifter with sock – in excellent condition
  • 3 Snatch blocks
  • Lazy Jacks – not installed
  • Bosuns chair
  • Flag halyard
  • Radar reflector halyard
  • Foredeck light
  • Steaming light


  • 2 Barient #19 ST
  • 1 Barient #18
  • 1 Barient #10 ST
  • 1 Barient #10
  • 2 Barient #28 ST
  • 2 locking winch handles


  • AC/DC Panel rebuilt
  • House Battery: 2 x 12v Batteries
  • Start Battery: 1 x 12v Battery
  • House charging alternator ARBRUX 120 amp
  • 115 amp alternator for engine and start battery
  • Link 2000R
  • Freedom 20 Inverter
  • Charles Marine Isolation transformer
  • 30 amp AC inlet and shore power cord
  • 15, 20 and 50 amp adapters
  • 2 X 12 volt outlets at Nav station
  • 1 X 12 volt outlet in cockpit
  • Wind Generator – not installed


  • Toshiba Satellite 5200 Laptop computer with RayNav 5 system and HSB2 connection
  • ICOM IC-M504 VHF with remote control Mic in cockpit
  • Autohelm personal compass
  • Autohelm 6000 autopilot with remote at Nav station and fast heading sensor
  • Raymarine ST 60 with speed, depth,wind,repeater at wheel and repeater at Nav station
  • Raymarine RL70CRC Plus colour radar/chart plotter
  • 4 KW Radar Antenna on PYI post at stern with floodlights fore and aft
  • Raymarine 300 GPS
  • Raymarine SeaTalk System to all instruments and VHF
  • JVC Stereo CD KD-SH9750 with remote and 2 Bose speakers
  • Weems & Plath Digital Barometer


  • 5 overhead hatches
  • 7 opening ports
  • Opening windshield hatch
  • Screens for all ports and hatches
  • 4 Nicro solar vents
  • 6 Hella fans
  • Espar DL4L diesel furnace
  • V-Berth bedding
  • Red LED courtesy lights


  • EZ-Kold Refrigeration with water pump cooling
  • 2-Burner Force 10 Stove with Oven
  • 2 X 6 lb. aluminum LPG tanks with OPD in vented cockpit lockers
  • Under counter microwave Sanyo LM-L1105
  • Single SS sink with pullout faucet/sprayer
  • Soap Dispenser
  • Pressure water system
  • Manual foot pump
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker


  • Wilcox Crittenden toilet
  • SS Sink with pullout sprayer
  • Shower sump pump and teak shower grate
  • Towels

Pilothouse Salon

  • Custom teak interior by Bruckmann
  • Sunbrella curtains on all windows and ports
  • Dimmer for overhead lights
  • Teak drop boards for companionway
  • Teak and plexi drop boards for companionway
  • Teak drop board with screen

Canvas Info

  • Navy Sunbrella
  • Sail cover
  • Wheel cover
  • Bimini with frame
  • Awning
  • BBQ Cover
  • Engine Panel Cover

Safety Equipment

  • Lifering
  • 6 Lifejackets with storage bag
  • Flares
  • Foghorn
  • 4 Fire extinguishers 10BC
  • Engine room fire extinguisher
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Carbon Monoxide detector
  • Smoke detector
  • Propane fume detector
  • Echomax Radar Reflector
  • Emergency tiller
  • Boarding ladder


  • Edson Pedestal with tall guard and instrument housings
  • Ritchie Globemaster Compass with light
  • Stainless Steel 42 wheel
  • Single lever engine control
  • Teak cockpit grates behind wheel
  • Teak cockpit table
  • Teak flag pole and flag
  • Cockpit cushions

Winter Storage

  • Top Shop winter cover with frame
  • Steel cradle with 6 pads

Dinghy Management

  • Outboard motor lift on radar post
  • Edson motor mount on stern rail
  • Atkins and Hoyle Davits

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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WHY KNOT | C&C 40 Custom Pilothouse 40ft

CAD$ 65,000

Kingston, ON, CA

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