Best Boats 2015: C&C 30

We don’t often have ties in our Best Boats competition, but with two very different and equally exciting boats in the 30ft-and-under performance category, we just couldn’t go with a single winner.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
 The C&C 30 provides TP52 thrills in a manageable package

The C&C 30 provides TP52 thrills in a manageable package

We don’t often have ties in our Best Boats competition, but with two very different and equally exciting boats in the 30ft-and-under performance category, we just couldn’t go with a single winner. 

The first of the two is the C&C 30. If you’ve been racing sailboats for a while, you’re undoubtedly familiar with C&C Yachts, a racer-cruiser manufacturer that produced plenty of winning boats in the 1970s and 1980s. Now the company is back at the forefront of racing design with this Mark Mills-conceived 30-footer, which C&C hopes to develop into a high-performance, offshore-capable one-design class that’s both easy to sail and affordable compared to other grand prix boats.

The C&C 30 is loaded with go-fast goodies, including a Hall Spars fixed (but removable) centerline sprit pole, a double-spreader carbon-fiber rig (also from Hall), an open transom, an offset companionway, a flush deck, plumb bow, halyard locks (main and jib) and an expansive cockpit. If you’re starting to envision a scaled-down TP52, you’re on the right track, as the C&C 30’s design DNA draws much inspiration from that much bigger and far more expensive class of racers.

The tiller-driven boat is built from foam-cored E-glass infused with vinylester. Carbon fiber is used in the retractable keel strut and rudder post and to reinforce the boat’s structural grid. The result is a strong, light and stiff vessel that’s quick to leap onto a plane and doesn’t need a crew packed with pro talent. As with many such current-generation designs, the C&C 30 employs a central control pod for critical running-rigging controls and a deep, T-shaped keel with bulb. It also has a flush-mounted traveler, twin topmast running backstays, adjustable headsail leads that provide athwartship and vertical trim, a square-top mainsail, an overlapping headsail and a massive A-sail.

The C&C 30 is being built in Bristol, Rhode Island, by an experienced team at a facility that also builds J/22s and J/24s, thus helping to ensure the kind of exacting standards that define a successful one-design class. Gidyap! c-cyachts.com

Related

Youth_AC

The Kids Will Also Get a New Cup Boat

Turns out the AC75 full-foiling monohull isn’t the only new boat that will be tearing things up this America’s Cup cycle. Earlier this week, organizers of the Youth America’s Cup, which runs parallel to the regular 36th America’s Cup, announced that a brand-new foiling monohull ...read more

Where-to-Go-Garmin-chartplotter

Gear: GPSMAP 8612 Chartplotter

Knowing Where to Go The easy-to-use GPSMAP 8612 chartplotter, one of three new smaller variants of Garmin’s celebrated 8600 series, comes standard with such premium features as BlueChart g3 coastal cartography and a 12in HD IPS touchscreen display that’s refreshingly easy on the ...read more

01-LEAD-lagoon46-ncz4503-a3

Learning New Sailing Skills

The other day I was thinking about the very first time I sailed a multihull. It was in New Zealand, of all places, on the Bay of Islands, midway through Christmas break at the school where I was then teaching as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa. Stranger still, I was ...read more

Gale-Force-Watt-and-Sea-wind-generator

Gear: Watt&Sea’s Hydro-generator

Gale-force Electricity Watt&Sea’s award-winning hydro-generators have long been popular with both racers (for whom its products were first created) and cruisers. But what to do if you are, say, François Gabart aboard the maxi-tri Macif, a boat in which the main hull spends much ...read more

Beneyteau-Excess12

Boat Review: Excess 12

Groupe Beneteau, builder of Lagoon catamarans, has introduced a new multihull line called Excess. The first of the boats to reach U.S. shores at the Annapolis boat show was the Excess 12, a 38ft 6in design based on the popular Lagoon 40. The thought process behind this new boat ...read more

Spindriftracing

Extreme Sailing: No Piece of Cake

It can be easy to take for granted the incredible performance of today’s most cutting-edge grand prix racing boats. The latest crop of full-foiling 75ft America’s Cup monohulls, for example, were all up on their foils and even successfully tacking within hours of their first ...read more