Bill Lee

1942 - 0


The year 1997 marked the 20th anniversary of this eccentric Santa Cruz designer's record-setting Transpac run aboard the ULDB 70 Merlin—the boat that ushered in "Sled" sailing on the West Coast of the United States. Along with his other Santa Cruz designs (SC 27, SC40, SC50, SC52, and SC70), Lee has influenced many sailors and designers with his "fast is fun" motto for sailboat designs.

Educated at California Polytechnic Institute as an engineer, Lee has been dubbed "The Wizard" for his magical ability to produce fast boats and currently owns Wizard Yachts, a boat brokerage.

Sailboats Designed By Bill Lee

Model LOA First Built
LANCER 36 36.17 ft / 11.02 m 1973
LANCER 36 (FR) 36.17 ft / 11.02 m 1982
SANTA CRUZ 27 27.00 ft / 8.23 m 1974
SANTA CRUZ 33 33.00 ft / 10.06 m 1978
SANTA CRUZ 40 40.00 ft / 12.19 m 1982
SANTA CRUZ 50 50.00 ft / 15.24 m 1980
SANTA CRUZ 52 53.00 ft / 16.15 m 1992
SANTA CRUZ 70 68.00 ft / 20.73 m 1985


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