#189, Tangaroa V

Tangaroa V is one of the later aft-cockpit mk2’s and is for sale, currently located in Chiapas, Mexico. She is one of two Corbins that were factory-finished with a more open-plan main saloon that is open to the pilothouse as you can see in the photos. Unusually there is an aft WC as well as the usual forward WC. Her first owners sailed her from Canada to Fiji and back to Canada. Then for many years she was based in Florida. Now she has sailed through the Panama canal to the Pacific coast.

See text below, and in the carousel of photos below for full description. The photos are representative of current condition with all being from the last few years (c.2017 onwards – the chap in some of the photos is the last owner, GV) and many the last few weeks (mid 2021). See also the boat index page.

*** 23-July-2021 : sale pending / under offer ***


Location : Chiapas, Mexico
Price : USD $ 29,000
Contact : Alexander Acree via email (hove2allnight@gmail.com), or via the Corbin 39 Facebook Group (under the name Alexander Camp)

Details :

Hull : 089
Name : Tangaroa V
Moulded / Completed : 1988 / 1988
Type : Corbin 39, Aft Cockpit Pilothouse, Cutter rig (c/w taller double-spreader mast & bowsprit)
Registered : USA 1285033
Owner : Alexander Acree
Homeport : Port Charlotte, Florida
Flag : USA
Website : n/a
Email : hove2allnight@gmail.com
Full description : see below.
Boat index page : https://corbin39.org/189-tangaroa-v/
Date Listed : 14-July-2021

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Located Chiapas Mexico. Boat is currently (July 2021) in the water in Chiapas Marina. In the water 250$ per month. Dry storage a little less than 300$. I plan to have it hauled out and fly back to the USA. This is a great location to do any work you desire. There is a Walmart and Home Depot just a 3$ cab ride away. Having parts delivered by mail is great. You can do all the work yourself in the boatyard. You are not allowed to stay onboard at night while hauled out. You can rent a nearby apartment for the month for around 150$USD and commute to the yard each day. It is common here. Very nice marina and staff.

This boat is one of two Corbin 39s with this layout. I bought it 4 years ago and the main contribution I made to the boat was its rigging. All 6 supporting knees where the chainplates attach had water damage. I completely removed and reglassed in new knees. I used highest quality marine ply and west system epoxy. For more details please ask. I sealed the deck with Butyl Rubber. No leaks around the chainplates in the past 3 years. The wire rigging was also replaced including Hahn HI-MOD hardware and turnbuckles.

Projects I recommend. New engine mounts and alignment. New/larger raw water strainer. Repairing or replacing windlass. Fixing a leak near the stuffing box on the rudder post. I dropped the rudder when I replaced the rig and inspected the hull itself. The hull is sound around the post, and I reinforced the rudder with epoxy and made sure there was no play between the rudder’s metal post and the rudder itself. I didn’t sail the boat long enough before my refit to know there was a leak. Now I know and I’m certain it can be fixed without dropping the rudder but it does need to be hauled out.

July 10th 2021 I arrived in Mexico from Costa Rica. Boat performed great. I learned a lot on this journey and am looking forward to moving back on land. My asking price reflects my eagerness to start my new chapter on land and go back to school.

Entertaining all offers and will consider trades in any category.


Furling in boom Mainsail
Hank on Storm Jib
Hank on Staysail
Furling yankee
Furling Genoa
60lb CQR
120 feet 3/8 chain
Depth sounder
Hand held wind speed indicators
Full Galley with new non stick pans
Complete set of tools – Matco screwdrivers, Makita cordless drills, etc
Rain man water maker/ Portable Gasoline version. Brand new used less than 10 times. 6000$ new.
Lots of trolling fishing gear including speargun.
Scuba Diving/ Reg and BCD
Bad elf gps pro and iPads with INavX for Navigation.
Iridium Go for Offshore weather reports
SSB is installed but not the antenna or grounding strip
CruiseAir AC/Heat is installed but not the pump and discharge hose . (The pump is onboard)