May 15, 1978
The C&C MEGA hull is a single unit fibreglass moulding. It is carefully constructed to
ensure the complete wetting of the fibreglass with no voids. The exterior finish consists of
a pigmented gelcoat moulded on to the fibreglass. The whale stripe is permanently moulded
in the hull to reduce maintenance requirements. The MEGA name on the side is a pressure
sensitive tape and may be peeled off and replaced. Balsa coring and stringers are used at
numerous locations in the hull to add stiffness with minimal weight.
The deck, cockpit, and transom, like the hull, is a single unit fibreglass moulding surfaced
with gelcoat. Balsa core is incorporated into specified deck areas between the layers of
fibreglass to give additional strength. A non-skid finish is moulded into the working areas
of the deck.
The hull-to-deck joint was specifically designed for the MEGA and details are illustrated in
Fig. 1 . The hull and deck flanges are mated with a layer of sealing compound. Rivets then
attach the two permanently together.
Rudder & Steering
The outboard kick-up rudder for the MEGA is constructed of two fibreglass shells bonded
together. The inside area of the rudder is filled with foam to provide positive buoyancy to
assist in "kicking" it up. Your rudder is equipped with uphaul and downhaul control lines and
cleats. When sailing in deep water the rudder must be cleated in the full down position.
When launching or retrieving the rudder should be cleated in the full up position. When
beaching the rudder should be allowed to free float then cleated up after the boat is beached.
The rudder should be removed for trailering and stowed securely on board the boat, in the
towing vehicle, or on the trailer.
A light spray of silicone lubricant on the pintles occasionally will ease the steering and
facilitate easy installing and removing.