Running rigging and safety for solo sailing

Arranging running rigging etc to the cockpit for solo sailing, by Horacio Marteleira This answer by Horacio Marteleira describes the arrangement he has on #073, “Jakater” PH-C which he frequently sails singlehanded. However what is described can be just as relevant to anyone who sails, whether shorthanded or with ample crew. This is because in …

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Solent rig

Some Corbin 39 have fitted out with Solent rig. Some of these are without the inner forestay, and others retain the inner forestay for the staysail. Here are good photos of #49 “Hanna” that are fairly self-explanatory. “Hanna” is one of the few solent-rigged in the fleet, apparently very successfully so. Below are some notes …

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The Corbin yard locations

There were three factory locations for Corbin Les Bateaux Inc, plus a fourth location as explained below. #1: Southwest Montreal: Approximately 1979 or earlier through apparently early 1980. Then moved approximately 15-km south to the other side of the St Lawrence   300 Berge Du Canal, Ville St-Pierre, Quebec, Canada, H8R 1H3 #2: Chateauguay: Moved …

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Hull construction and strength

This is to keep track of  hull info as it accumulates, if it isn’t recorded elsewhere: a. “While living aboard our Camper Nicholson in Tranni, Italy, a Corbin 39 was towed into the marina by an employee in a workboat going about 7 knots. Yhe owners on the Corbin had a bad engine. The employee …

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Recognising a mk1 and a mk2

The initial mk1 design It is worth restating a few items about the initial design, which we now generally term the mk1 series of the Corbin 39. There were some key design selection decisions that clients had to make regarding their mk1 purchase, quite irrespective of internal personal fit-out preferences: twin-masted ketch or single-masted cutter-rigged …

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How many Corbin 39’s are there

Not easy This ought to be an easy question to answer. Except it isn’t. Moulded ? Let us for the moment set aside the confusion caused by reports of two boats sharing the same HIN or mould number. There is no motivation for the Corbin Les Bateaux Inc yard to have used the same HIN …

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Know your mould number and your HIN

The mould (mold) number The mould (or mold as the Americans would say) number is simply the sequential number corresponding to the order in which hulls were moulded: 1, 2, 3 …. etc. The hull moulds for a Corbin 39 were actually a left-hand and a right-hand pair of moulds that were then fully bonded …

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Mast compression post

Is your mast compression post sliding aft? [2019 edit by DS : The premise of this issue as described below is not entirely correct, and best I explain this up front. In the mk1 there are two possible mast and compression post positions. The fwd mast position was originally intended for use with the mk1 …

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Chain lockers

I have a question for the group if possible. I am still in the tear out everything rotted phase on #032, Tusitala. I have been working in the v berth. I have installed drains for both of the anchor/ sail lockers. But as I peer into the darkness of the chain locker, which is under …

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Removing a saildrive

Do I need to cut the cockpit floor to remove a saildrive? Lester H. (#010, Insouciance) a. I removed my saildrive two times by pulling it backwards, by hand, from behind the engine. It is awkward but doable. The unit weighs only 60 pounds. It is a two man job; one inside the boat to …

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Where is the Center of Gravity in a Corbin 39?

This is helpful for many reasons, including GZ stability curves and trailers. Clearly it is in detail specific to an individual boat, but generally it will be approximately the same for all Corbin 39s. a. I don`t have any drawings of the Corbin 39 left. Maybe someone in the group has and could locate the …

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Autohelm windvane

Does anyone have experience with the Auto-helm self-steering Windvane? This system runs independently of the steering system of the Corbin with no lines into the cockpit. It can be used with hydraulic steering only [Ed. Note: also cable steering]. Our Corbin has both options with an override system but I am unsure whether I want …

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Bilge limber holes

I have a question about my bilge. The bilge has a bulkhead aft of the galley, a bulkhead forward of the galley , then a chain holding partition two feet forward, and lastly a partition forward of the mast.. My two bilge pumps are at the forward end of the bilge, just aft of the …

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Steering inside my pilothouse?

I have Corbin 39 # 154 and it does not have an inside steering arrangement. As the boat is on the Gulf coast, it may not even need one. However if we ever headed north it would be good to be in the protected pilot-house. Any thoughts on systems and solutions? Tim Baggett, (#154, Brillo …

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Is the Corbin a good boat for bluewater cruising?

a. According to John Holtrop the Corbin is one of the best. See his report: http://www.pbase.com/lesterhel/image/26334932/original b. Forty years of experience from hundreds of owners, families, and crew appears to suggest so. c. From a seaworthiness perspective a STIX stability index of 40-24 is hard to argue with, see the STIX study here, or more …

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