090 – Moonshadow

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Hull number090
Boat nameMoonshadow
Full HIN in standard formatZCJ 00090 1080
Hull moulding (month-year)10-1980
Completion (month-year)xx-1982
Typemk1 PH-C no bowsprit, 52' mast
Registry number
Owner(s)Bill Schwartz, 1980+
Homeport and locationChesapeake Bay, USA
Website / blog / etc
Brief historyMoonshadow is a Corbin 39 sailboat finished from a bare hull by William Schwartz in Jackson NJ. Ballast was 9200 pounds of lead poured in blocks of 150 to 250 pounds. They were form fitted to the hull which put the ballast lower in the keel than the factory supplied ballast which was poured in one large block and had about a one inch gap all around from the sides of the keel. This allowed for a taller mast (52'). The mast was from a race boat, Aggressive II, out of Michigan. It is a Sparcraft tapered aluminum mast. Rigging was a combination of solid rod and 5/16 7x9 Stainless wire. There were two running back stays, which balanced out the removable inner forestay staysail. Power is a Volvo MD-17C three cylinder diesel engine with a 110S sail drive and fixed 3 blade propeller. Steering was dual station Wagner hydraulics with a large leather covered cockpit wheel and a conventional spooked wood wheel inside. The cockpit wheel had a valve that allowed for feedback, no feedback or freewheel. Freewheel was used while the Navico auto pilot was engaged. The autopilot was belt driven to the inside steering station. She carries 45 gallons of diesel fuel and about 80 gallons of water. A Pur 45 water maker provided clean drinking water while traveling in salt water. There are 8 opening deck hatches; six opening forward facing and two opening rear facing. Four fixed hull lights on each side also allowed for a brighter interior. Pilothouse windows are fixed ½” acrylic. 3/8” lexan polycarbonate was also tried but became clouded after about 2 years. Waste was either disposed directly overboard where permissible, held in a 45 gallon flexible bladder tank or a processed by a LectraSan unit. The bulkheads are solid cored mahogany with both sides surfaced in teak wood. Thirty-five sheets were used in making the bulkheads and other furniture. They are fastened to the hull both fore and aft with fiberglass tabbing and stainless steel screws. All trim is solid teak - custom made for the boat. 12-volt refrigeration provides a freezer and a cold side in the two-compartment refrigerator. It is water cooled by a through hull bulb on the keel. Two anchors on rollers on the bow plus a large Fortress anchor stored under the cockpit seat always anchored the boat securely. One anchor was a 45 pound CQR with 250 feet of 5/16 G-4 high-test galvanized chain, the other was a 35 pound Bruce anchor. combination of chain and rope – one twisted and one braided. The anchors were serviced by a Lofrans low profile but very powerful windlass. There are two bilges, one located toward the bow of the boat and one in the rear of the keel. The bilge in the rear of the keel also acted as a drain for the full size stand up shower. After being struck by lightening the mast, keel, and ballast were bonded to the existing ground plate. The lightening strike vaporized the masthead antenna and tri color running - anchor light, vaporized the water in the bilge, blew the bow and stern lights off the boat and fried most of the electronics. The house batteries also ruptured sending battery acid vapor into the cabin. The vapor was quickly cleared and everyone seeked shelter from the storm back in the cabin. Batteries were charged both by a high output alternator on the main engine, solar panels, a Wind-X wind generator and a 5000-watt Ferryman diesel powered generator that was custom built for the boat. The generator mount was unique in that it sat a few inches over top of the main engine. There were extendable legs that allowed for the generator to be raised while servicing the main engine. After a severely cold return from the Bahamas one early spring, a full cockpit enclosure was added by Canvas by Victoria who did some of the best canvas work I had ever seen. Luckily a combination 110-volt reverse cycle heat/air conditioning system plus a dedicated 12-volt propane hot air furnace were installed. The later was a godsend while transverseing the ICW in that extremely cold early spring weather. Both systems were vented and ducted.
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