One local boat designer is seeing his dream become reality. Tom McNeill, Design Engineer for Tartan and C&C Yachts was able to see the possible in building a new yacht.
Now his creation, the C&C 101 is racking up the awards and putting Cleveland's yacht manufacturing in the spotlight. Born and raised in the Cleveland area McNeill has deep roots in the Cleveland sailing community.
Drawing upon that experience he conceived his first design back in fall of 2011. "The 101 was designed and built as a boat to race on Lake Erie in light airs and be very competitive" said McNeill.
The first hull of the C&C 101 was bought by McNeill's own father; Tom McNeill Senior, a long time sailor. The boat was introduced to at the Cleveland Leukemia Cup on July 19, 2012.
The boat, named Overkill, tying for first place in her class only two days after she hit the water. "One of the things that absolutely shocked me about the boat is how easy it is to sail" said McNeill. "We knew it would be quick.
We knew it would be fun, but it is also very easily managed by a small group or a couple." Since her debut the C&C 101 has won the prestigious Cruising World Boat of The Year competition for 2013. As well as the Best Overall Domestic Boat of The Year in Cruising World Magazine.
Tartan and C&C Yachts in Fairport Harbor, Ohio was featured by the Travel Channel on their show "Extreme Yachts". The company's Tartan 4300 was used on the NBC show "The Office".
The company is attending the Cleveland Mid-America Boat show to introduce two new models to the sailing community, the Tartan 26 and the C&C 101. The C&C 101 was also named Queen of the Fleet at the boat show.
Links: Tartan and C&C Yachts: http://www.tartan-ccyachts.com/ Cleveland Boat Show - http://www.clevelandboatshow.com/