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Industry mourns co-founder of C&C Yachts

C&C Yachts co-founder George Cuthbertson died Tuesday at his home in Toronto. He was 88.

One of the four founders of C&C Yachts, Cuthbertson received the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada Hall of Fame award in 2002. Cuthbertson was the first “C” in C&C. Design associate George Cassian was the second.

Cuthbertson became the president of C&C Yachts at a time when it was one of the most recognized and successful production and custom boatbuilders in North America and the world, according to the NMMA.

As president of C&C Yachts, Cuthbertson established plants in Rhode Island and Kiel, Germany, boat production in England and Italy, in addition to their existing production plant in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and custom shop in Oakville, Ontario, according to Sailing Scuttlebutt.

After the introduction of the IOR Rule in the early 1970s, the sailing world changed with the rise of a whole new cohort of young designers.

This, combined with the increased demands of running what was becoming a large multinational public company answerable to a board of directors, led Cuthbertson to hand the design responsibilities to Rob Ball. In 1973 Cuthbertson became president, a position he held until an outside acquisition of the company in late 1981.

In 1982 Cuthbertson left the company he created to relaunch his design career with a new company, Motion Designs, producing drawings for Ontario Yachts and other local Ontario builders.

Cuthbertson was inducted into the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame in 2014.

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