Designer / Draughtsman
C&C Design Group,
Ball, Robert Wilson: ,
Ball, Robert Wilson
Year of Design
C&C Yachts Limited,
Hull Gilbert Model
C&C 30-1 (Mark 1) This model was designed by Cuthbertson & Cassian, introduced in 1973 and over 800 were built.
It has a length overall of 30.00 ft (9.1 m), a waterline length of 24.92 ft (7.6 m), displaces 8,000 lb (3,629 kg), carries 3,450 lb (1,565 kg) of lead ballast and has a masthead sloop rig. The boat has a draft of 5.00 ft (1.52 m) with the standard keel and 4.2 ft (1.3 m) with the optional shoal draft keel. The boat was initially fitted with a Universal Atomic 4 gasoline engine. This was replaced with a Japanese Yanmar QM15 diesel engine and later a Yanmar 2GM diesel. It has a hull speed of 6.69 kn (12.39 km/h). Later boats built had a large number of small changes to the design, including new windows and rudder mounts.
Robert Ball commented on the C&C 30 Mk.1, noting George Harding Cuthbertson's guidance: The C&C 30 was my first Lines Drawing, but it was Big George telling me what to do. The design was very much a development of the 27. Once we started being able to actual 'compare' the stability of different designs- it turns out the 30 is the most stable boat we ever did. Listening to owners over the years, the boat is stable and tough (indestructible) and will last forever
In a review for Canadian Yachting John Boros wrote, "Production began in 1973 and ceased in 1985 -- a 12-year period that represents the longest production run of any single design version in the history of C&C Yachts. Although more 27s were built, in excess of 1,000, over a similar 12-year production period, with four distinct design phases, the 27 underwent comparatively continual change in relation to the 30, having only the one design version. According to Steve Kiemele, of South Shore Yachts, "The 30 didn't need any changes, it held its appeal. This makes it 'The Classic'.
The C&C 30 foot Mark I
As for C&C 30 Mk I , I should have put that on my list of favorite C&C's and don't know how I missed it. (another senior moment) Some would probably call it the "quintessential" C&C design. When one thinks of what a "C&C" is, 30 exudes that classic essence. I would guess it is the single most recognizable C&C ever built. I think it and 27 (all 5 of them) were unique in C&C's history in that they would not die. C&C programmed them out of the line to be replaced by newer designs, the market place demanded them back and C&C had no choice but to bring them back, again and again. (what would we do without MK's ?) At the time when we both bought boats through the employee purchase plan, Bruce Rollins and I handled all North American sales. Bruce bought a 30. 30 was my choice also and the only reason I didn't do likewise, was the 20+ strong fleet of 29's racing one design out of the Youngstown Yacht Club. So, 30 foot owners, you can take comfort in the fact that those of us in the company preferred the 30.
GHC 1/2 Model Collection
C&C 30 Half Model
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