Santa Cruz Yachts
builds sailing yachts in an unusual location called “the chicken coop” in Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz is formerly known as Bill Lee Yachts, a company started in 1977. Bill Lee and several other designers were proponents of and originated ultralight sailing manufacturing. Today, almost all of the boats built since 1977 are still being sailed, in spite of criticisms of ultralight displacement. Santa Cruz’s lightweight and strong hull construction is achieved by a laminate sandwich procedure. Over the years, Santa Cruz has constructed yachts in the 27-foot to 72-foot range. Among other achievements, Santa Cruz 70 finished first in a Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race. The Santa Cruz 52 captured Sailing World magazine’s Boat of the Year award.