Tartan Yachts of Ohio recently bought the C&C name, along with the tooling for the C&C 51 and a lot of the parts of the older C&C models. This is very good news for owners of older C&Cs. The other good news is that this acquisition by Tartan also ensures the continuation of the C&C name.
Over the years C&C has brought us some of the best in production yachts, including the C&C 39, which always makes it onto my top-10 list of favorite boats. The newest C&C design team is headed by Tim Jackett, who designs all the Tartans. We call this approach an in-house design effort.
The design distinction between the Tartan and C&C lines is certainly marked and it is very evident in this first new C&C, the C&C Express 110, which is 36 feet 4 inches overall. Aesthetically, this model is classic C&C with its crisp, faceted angles punctuating a sleek deck profile. While not a racer, it would do fine in any PHRF fleet, and it has enough of the look of a performer to give the impression that its origins are based in racing.
The hull shape shows deadrise of 13 degrees amidships fairing to not-quite-flat at the transom. This deadrise, or V section, is in contrast to the flat center sections and arclike sections we see on a lot of modern boats. I happen to like the V sections. They give a nice natural bilge area and they are strong. There is no hollow in the entry waterlines and the half-angle of entry is 20.5 degrees. The turn to the bilge is moderately firm for good initial stability. The transom is very unusual in that it appears to be a flat surface with the outboard edges chamfered off. I don't see the point unless it's a styling device, and if that is the case, it looks good. The stern is broad on deck. The D/L is 157.
Note the extra-long trailing-edge fillet on the keel. This serves two purposes. It provides a long root for the keel attachment to the hull so the loads can be well spread out. It also provides a long root for a stubbier, shoal-draft keel. The deep fin draws 7 feet 3 inches while the standard keel draws 6 feet and the shoal keel draws 4 feet 10 inches. Choosing a keel depth is extremely important. Always go with the deepest draft that you can possibly live with. There is no substitute for draft.
This boat has a clever interior that makes extensive use of a molded liner to make its curves and angles work. I'm not in love with angles, and I generally prefer a more orthogonal approach to layouts. These days, however, I seem to be in the minority. This boat can boast a shower stall — unusual on a 36-footer. I'd like to know the length of the settee berths; they look short to me. The V-berth double certainly appears pinched for room, but the aft double makes up for it.
I wish the newest C&C group the best of luck and applaud them on this handsome design.
Sleek, handsome cruiser with performance characteristics.
|Draft||7' 3" (deep fin), 6' (standard fin), 4' 10" (shoal-draft bulb)|
|Sail Area||705.75 sq. ft.|
|Auxiliary||Volvo 28-horsepower diesel with saildrive|
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