108 – Off Sea Sun

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Hull number108
Boat nameOff Sea Sun (Neige d'Ete)
Full HIN in standard formatZCJ 00108 xx81
Hull moulding (month-year)xx-1981
Completion (month-year)06-1991
Typemk1 PH-C-SR partial bowsprit (short) unknown mast
Registry number(CAN 823055)
Owner(s)Kevin Pool (Michel Zuffellato and Victoria Kuzyk)
Homeport and locationMontreal, Canada / Lankawi, Malaysia
Website / blog / etchttp://vizugonesailing2.blogspot.com/ ;
Brief historyFirst launched in June 1991 this Robert Dufour designed double ender is a proven, strong, cruising yacht with Airex composite construction and over sized rigging, she has visited 35 countries and covered 60,000 nautical miles. Well equipped and surprisingly roomy below her pilot house design provides for steering in the dry ( 2 x independent steering systems ) when conditions become unpleasant . 3 coats of epoxy were applied before launch in 1991 she spends 6 months each year on the hard.
Neige d’ete is a first generation Corbin, what is probably referred to as MK1, but it was modified to correct the known weather helm by adding a half meter bow sprit that did not need a bob stay (the MK 2 has a one meter bow sprit). Also, the keel was extended to join the rudder skeg (about 20 years ago in Florida, USA), the only Corbin 39 which this is known to have this modification. The double modification gave the correction needed for a better windward performance and reduced the weather helm found in the first generation. It also reinforced the rudder skeg and as a benefit eliminated the problem of catching fishing lines in the prop.
Note she is a cutter-rigged with a twin solent-stay.
Other commentsAlmost certainly ZCJ 00108 0681. Note unusual full keel infill which is a less common approach to tackling the early-model weather helm.