A Sea Change – The Arrival of the C&C 27 Mark V
By the late 70's, C&C was up against a problem faced by many builders – the 27 cost the factory as much in labour and materials as larger boats, yet it couldn't be priced at a level that would maintain profitability. Also, yacht design had moved on since the original 27 had been designed; the company needed a fresher look to regain its reputation for design leadership. Moreover, measurement rules had seemingly killed the racer-cruiser form that had made C&C's name. The company needed a boat that could win races yet be suitable at least for week-ending. Finally, the C&C Design Group (with primary responsibility given to Neil Gilbert) launched a completely new boat employing every cost-containment technique and optimized for the then-new MORC rule. Recognizing the continued appeal of the 27 brand, the company named the new boat (which is 6 inches short of 27 feet ) the new C&C 27.
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The Mark V was built in the Niagara-On-The-Lake plant with the hull prefix ZCC from number 001 to 169 and at the Rhode Island plant with the prefix CCY from number 500 to 610.
The information below is for general reference. Class-sanctioned measurement data can be found in the C&C 27 Class Association Constitution & Rules.