Rhode Island-based US Watercraft Purchases C&C Yachts

US Watercraft, the Rhode Island-based boatbuilder—which also manufacturers Alerions and a variety of models for J/Boats—purchased C&C Yachts, and promptly unveiled the hot-looking Mark Mills-designed C&C 30: a flush-deck, reverse-sheer sportboat with a wicked-looking sprit and over 610 square feet of working sail.
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Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, C&C Yachts was a force to be reckoned with, even on the world’s most competitive racecourses. And if US Watercraft has anything to say about it, that may soon be the case again.

 The C&C 30

The C&C 30

In September, the Rhode Island-based boatbuilder—which also manufacturers Alerions and a variety of models for J/Boats—purchased C&C and promptly unveiled the hot-looking Mark Mills-designed C&C 30: a flush-deck, reverse-sheer sportboat with a wicked-looking sprit and over 610 square feet of working sail. A half-dozen boats are already on order, with hull #1 set to launch later this month.

 The deck plug under construction

The deck plug under construction

The company has also begun production the new Redline 41, another Mills design it plans to deliver in time for this summer’s Newport-Bermuda Race. The original Redline 41 won the 1972 Southern Ocean Racing Circuit—back when the SORC was the hottest game in town—and this latest incarnation, with its carbon spars and slippery hull form, looks just as competitive. It’s also drop-dead gorgeous—another hallmark of the C&C line, which many believe includes some of the sexiest boats ever built.

“The C&C 30 announces that C&C is back, and it’s not your father’s C&C,” says US Watercraft manager Barry Carroll, who worked at the original C&C before leaving to form Carroll Marine in the mid-1980s. “The C&C 41 gets back to the C&C of the early ‘70s and is a true racer-cruiser that can compete with anybody.”

 The Redline 41

The Redline 41

Carroll adds that a third Mills design is also in the works: all yet more good news for someone who once thought he’d died and gone to heaven when he landed a spot trimming on a C&C 41. It’s good to see the old brand getting back into the mix again. 

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