Moore on the move

Published on January 13th, 2021

In the wake of the property owners’ decision not to renew the lease, Moore Sailboats Inc. will be leaving its long time home of Watsonville, CA.

After three decades of boat-building success there, Ron Moore will move all business of the notable Moore 24 north to Richmond, CA while his day-to-day operations of Moore Sailboats will relocate locally. As for the production of the all-new Alan Andrews-designed Moore 33, that will occur in a new facility to the south in Riverside County, East of Los Angeles.

Under the direction of Blaine Rorick, Moore will remain on board to oversee the Moore 33 project while Javier Ruiz, his foreman of 20 years, will move to Southern California as production manager of the anticipated mid-sized racer.

“I’m too busy to retire,” said Moore of the physical restructuring. His popular Moore 24, launched 46 years ago, has an active class that race frequently at events across the country.

Last September, Rorick, a long-time competitive sailor and businessman, announced the formation of Moore Sailboats Inc. with plans to produce a high-quality, 33-foot trailerable racer focused on performance. Despite the unanticipated changes, plans are moving forward and delivery of the hull and deck molds are expected in February.

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