Tim Jackett not only decides which boats C&C; builds, he designs them. Because he works for the builder, he works hard at improving quality controls in the production process that can give him an advantage on the design end. For instance, replacing chopped glass construction, typically found in cruising boats, with a vacuum-bagged laminate structure can drastically reduce weight. We went from using 900 pounds of resin to 300 pounds in the latest boat, says Jackett. Its lighter, stiffer, and stronger, but it costs more to produce. Selecting such lightweight materials as Kevlar or carbon fiber can have fantastic performance benefits, too. We used carbon cloth to strengthen the keel sump on the 99, says Jackett, but because of the higher cost, we didnt use the material elsewhere in the boat.