C&C 44 Sketch By Steve Killing
Boats are getting more like cars- you can buy custom or deluxe editions. C&C Yachts is offering their new 44 as a Grand Prix, all high-tech and assorted exotics; or the same shape with blackwall tires. We will concentrate on the first package, an absolute state-of-the-art racer. In the future the boat will also be available as a custom yacht, built to C&C's normal standards, or as a production model.
Like most limited production boats, the C&C 44 started with a request from a particular customer. In this case the customer, Jim Plaxton, has a substantial interest in the company. If ever C&C has gone all-out to win on the racecourse, this is it. The engineering side of the design office has been working overtime on Plaxton's Grand Prix version. Every exotic material and technique you have ever heard of is probably being used to produce a light, strong boat.


Vacuumbagging of the hull is the first, a process that, by removing the air from beneath a plastic wrap, applies pressure to the core material and laminate to ensure excellent bonding. The fore-and-aft structure is much like Don Green's original Evergreen, with full-height longitudinal stiffeners running the length of the boat. Oh yes, those are honeycomb panels with carbon fiber skins. Some of the laminates are pre-preg fiberglass, essentially glass fabric with the resin already in it. The final curing, once the laminate is laid up in the mold, is by heat.
The core material for the deck is Nomex, a light, stiff paper honeycomb that at times has trouble bonding to the skins, but with the use of prepreg and vacuum-bagging has a much better chance of success. With all this high-tech construction it would seem as natural as home childbirthto have this creation brought into the world at the C&C's custom shop in Oakville. But that is not to be-doctor's orders.


With the recent move of the design office to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the brain power is there. The facilities are in place at the development shop in Niagara and since much of the technology was new to workers anyway, why not teach the Niagara shop instead of the custom shop? For the construction of the molds and the first Grand Prix hull, the work will be done in Niagara.
For the finishing work that has made the Oakville shop so famous, the boat will be shipped around to the north side of the lake. The pre-preg fiberglass laminates, which comprise a small fraction of the hull, will be fabricated for C&C by another firm. The spar will be a four-spreader rig, engineered and built by Hall Spars. C&C has moved away from building their own spars recently, both in production and custom shops.


By volume production, the companies that specialize in spars can produce them cheaper while developing their engineering expertise. It also takes a welcome load off the designers at C&C. Rob Ball, head of C&C's design office, describes the hull as a "little narrower and lighter than Magistri," Peter Farlinger's successful 1983 Admiral's Cup boat from the same designer. C&C's previous boats have been doing well in "big seas and a leftover lump," says Ball, "and that seems to indicate that we can use smaller keels without any problem.“The keel has changed from that in preliminary drawings to one with less area and much less taper. Silver Shadow, the first Grand Prix boat, and Momentum, the first Custom model, will be ready to show their stuff at the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit in February.

For more information, contact C&C Yachts, PO Box 970, 526 Regent St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. LOS 110.

Steve Killing is an independent yacht designer based in Midland Ontario. He is the head of the design program for the True North America’s Cup Challenge.

Originally published in Canadian Yachting’s December 1984.


Specifications:
Length………………..43ft 7in
Beam………………….12ft 11 1/2in
Draft…………………..8ft 4in
Weight……………….19,500lbs
Ballast………………..8,300lbs
Sail Area……………..849ft2
IOR Rating……………34.1ft2

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
My name is Alexandrine GOVAN, mother of a 5 years old girl and I found your contact on internet. ...
John Booth, who passed away just a few weeks ago was one of the most amazingly gifted and ...
We left Vero Beach on Saturday morning with Alicia, a boat from Sweden, following close behind. The ...
At the end of last month, Canadian sailors gathered on the Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain ...
In 2019, C-TOW celebrates its 35th anniversary of providing 24/7 “Peace of Mind Boating” for ...
West Vancouver Yacht Club reports that following an independent certification process the Georgia ...
It has been hot in the Abacos this winter. Whoever said this area was cool this time of year must ...
Unfortunately this is not a picture from a boat but was taken on the evening of February 27, 2019 ...
On March 1, Tom Ramshaw of Stoney Lake Yacht Club was honoured with the most prestigious National ...
Vero Beach, aka Velcro Beach, lived up to its reputation again. Our original plan was to be there ...

DIY & How to

  • Prev
If you’ve spent any time in a boat yard during spring commissioning season, you won’t find it out ...
As a busy marine mechanic, I tend to have the same or similar conversations often, and they’re ...
This time of year, great deals abound. That boat with the ‘for sale’ sign looks quite attractive. ...
For less than US$2,500, Jim Leshaw, a lawyer who lives and works in Key Biscayne, Florida, ...
Each spring, I tend to notice canvas. I wish it was because it’s been immaculately maintained and ...
I’ve had two emails over the past few weeks with a count-down to launch (47 days per the last ...
Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods ...
Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is ...
When a boat is in the water, the bilge will often collect water that enters the boat from weather, ...
Recently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my ...

Valvetech Bridgewater MarinaFor many years now, we have used gasoline in our cars and trucks that contains some amount of ethanol, a form of alcohol, and just as a few drops of water combine almost instantly in your Scotch, moisture from the atmosphere can combine with the ethanol in the gasoline that is in your boat’s fuel tank.

Your motor vehicle has a sealed fuel system to control evaporative losses that are a source of air pollution. Fuel is moved into the engine under pressure and any drips that might escape, drop onto the pavement. The engine is open to the pavement below. In an inboard boat, the hull is below the engine and any drips will collect in the bilge with potentially explosive consequences. 

Read more about gasoline containing ethanol......

 

  

Grand Banks 60 SkyloungeThe Canadian market has always been a tough nut for yacht designers to figure out. Summer days get really hot; other days are downright cold. There is always the chance things could change in the blink of an eye and let’s be honest, who among us hasn’t stepped off the boat wearing shorts, flip flops and a warm jacket? Canadian yachting has always been a world of contradictions, which is why designing cruising yachts for this market has never been easy. It’s not like Florida or the Med, where weather is dependable throughout the year.

 

 

Read more about the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge............

 

ILCA DinghyAustin, Texas, USA (25 April 2019) – In the wake of last month’s termination of its contract with its European builder, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced today that, from 25 April 2019, all new, class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the “ILCA Dinghy” name. This change will have no impact on existing ILCA-authorized boats and equipment, which will be able to race alongside ILCA Dinghies in all class sanctioned events.


“It’s a big change for a racing class that hasn’t seen anything like this in our almost 50- year history,” said Class President Tracy Usher.

Read More about the ILCA Dinghy............

Destinations

  • Prev
NW Explorations, a Bellingham, Washington-based yacht charter, brokerage, and marine services ...
If you haven’t cruised the Rideau Canal before, you have missed a special treat and even if you ...
At the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show I had the pleasure of meeting up with Allyson and ...
Following the harsh impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The British Virgin Islands is making an ...
For the adventurous boater Bunsby Marine Provincial Park is a special place, situated due south of ...
There is good anchoring in Cowichan Bay and nearby, and salt water enough to make any boater happy. ...
We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...


The DocksBy Katherine Stone

Docks are well-lit and wide to accommodate dock carts.

Steeped in tradition that goes back to one of the oldest towns in Canada west of Quebec City, is Penetanguishene. This bilingual community of 9,000 is located in the middle of Huronia on the southeasterly tip of Georgian Bay in Simcoe Country, Ontario. The name is believed to have been derived from Algonquin (also believed to have come from the Wendat, Abenaki and Ojibwe tribes) meaning “place of the white rolling sands”. 

Read more about the Hindson Marina..........

 

Marine Products

  • Prev
Edited by the Quebec Marine Association under the direction of L'Escale Nautique (producer of the ...
Blue Guard has announced the general availability of the BG-One, a solid-state bilge pump switch, ...
With the introduction of the Ion Power Basic, a safe Lithium Ion battery formulated with Lithium, ...
Finding a car brand that you enjoy while it does what you need can be tough, as they can be ...
Yikes! No boat refrigeration? You’ve Got to be Kidding me!! But then again, true campers don’t use ...
The Walker Bay Venture 14 claims to be the world’s first luxury Explorer Sport Tender. It is ...
Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the launch of the new MerCruiser V8 6.2L 370hp Jet Ready ...
My history with the Cayenne goes back many years, as I was at the launch of the original vehicle ...
Last month, Mercury Marine has announced the launch of the 400hp Verado outboard engine, the ...
Featuring advanced, intuitive 3D controls, Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems deliver a more ...