1986 Corbin 39

Buford, Georgia, United States
$50,000 USD

Standard features

39 Corbin 1986

Pilot House, Salon and Galley Located at Center of Boat

Factory Finished Corbin
In Fresh Water Since 2003
New Interior Cushions
Cutter/Ketch Rigged Center Cockpit

The 39 Corbin is legendary as a strong, safe, seaworthy vessel as proven by many circumnavigations and major voyages.


Entering Main Salon, Large Dining Table to Port, Seating for 6 and Converts to Double Berth, Galley Forward Stretching Entire Width of Boat and Nav and Steering Station to Starboard
Starboard Side Walkthrough w/Single Berth and Storage Located Aft of Inside Steering Station
Master Stateroom Aft w/Offset Double Berth and In-Suite Head and Shower, 3 Teak Drawers Under Berth, Additional Drawers and Hanging Locker, Overhead Hatch and 5 Portholes for Good Ventilation
Forward Stateroom w/Double Berth, Teak Drawers Under Berth, Hanging Locker, Cabinet w/2 Panels, An Overhead Hatch and 2 Windows.
Forward Head with Shower Located Between Galley and Forward Stateroom


12 Volt Evaporator Plate Refrigerator w/Freezer
Propane Stove w/Oven
Microwave Oven
Pressure Water System
Fresh Water Filter System
Water Heater
Deep Double Stainless Steel Sinks on Centerline


Factory Finished Corbin
Ketch Cutter Rigged Pilot House w/Center Cockpit
Fin w/Rudder on Skeg
Center Cockpit w/Dodger and Bimini Top and Complete Cockpit Enclosure w/Cockpit Cushions (Makes a Double Berth)
Side Stanchions w/Life Lines and Gates
Bow Pulpit and Rails
Fresh Water Shower in Cockpit
ABI Electric or Manual Windlass
Fender and Dock lines
Spreader Lights
Coast Guard Safety Package


Alfa Autopilot
Radar w/16 Mile Range
SSB Radio
VHF Radio
AM/FM Stereo w/CD Player and Speakers Throughout Boat
6 Compass
Datamarine Wind, Speed and Distance Log


50 Hp Vetus Diesel 1986
Engine Controls in Cockpit and Pilothouse
3 Separate Steering Systems
Fresh Water Cooling System
Raw Water Sea Strainer
Holding Tank
20 Gal/hour HRO Watermaker
Engine Temperature Alarm
Fuel Filter
Fuel Shut-Off Valve For Propane and Engine
3 Bilge Pumps

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About the Corbin 39

Marius Corbin
Robert Dufour
Corbin Les Bateaux
# Built
Hull Type
Fin with rudder on skeg
FG w/airex cored hull


Length Overall
41 6 / 12.7 m
Waterline Length
31 11 / 9.8 m
12 0 / 3.7 m
5 6 / 1.7 m
22,800 lbs / 10,342 kg
9,000 lbs / 4,082 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
811 ft2 / 75.3 m2
Total Sail Area
811.3 ft2 / 75.4 m2
Sail Area
367.5 ft2 / 34.1 m2
41 11 / 12.8 m
17 5 / 5.3 m
Mast Height
Sail Area
443.8 ft2 / 41.2 m2
48 5 / 14.8 m
18 3 / 5.6 m
Forestay Length
51 10 / 15.8 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.58 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
good performance
less stiff, less powerful
Comfort Ratio
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

In 1977 Marius Corbin commissioned Robert Dufour of Montreal, Quebec to design him a sailboat based on a one-off 39-foot Dufour design named Harmonie. Mr. Corbin asked Mr. Dufour to increase the freeboard and flush the deck. In 1979, the first Corbin 39 came out of the resulting mold, and the Canadian manufacturer produced 129 Corbins until 1982. Most were sold as kits in varying degrees of completion. In 1982, a fire destroyed the deck molds, but because of continued strong demand, they decided to update the molds and continue production. The last Corbin 39 produced, hull number 199, was launched in 1990.

The Corbin 39 is a double ender in the classic Scandinavian lineage of serious offshore cruisers like the Westsail 32. She features a long fin keel of 6′ draft, high freeboard, and a blunt bow. Corbin produced various deck molds including flush, pilot, center cockpit, and aft cockpit variations.

Corbins have have an impressive 11 layer schedule of mat and roving with a 16mm Airex core. The deck is a 3/4″ core of marine grade mahogany early on but later Airex foam. The ballast is 9,000 pounds lead encapsulated with extra layers of fiberglass around the keel for protection. Most spars are by Everett Bastet of E.B. Spars Inc. in Quebec. Early ones had either a 46′ single spreader main or a 51′ turbo charged double spreader. Later most had 49′ double spreader rigs. All rigs are deck stepped.

Corbins with their fin keel and skeg rudder combination are better sailing than their 26,000 pounds displacement might suggest. They are meant as Marius Corbin writes to take someone, “safely and comfortably around the world…We get postcards from all over the world…what better recommendation is there for a strong and seaworthy vessel.” The cutter rig with a reefed main is a safe and seaworthy combination.

Buyers Notes

Of the 199 hulls, 184 were owner finished. These owner finished hulls were shipped in varying degrees of completion out of the Corbin yard. In 1982, a fire destroyed the molds. Post-1982 Corbins have larger cockpits and a further forward mast step to lessen weather helm. Corbin 39’s with bowsprits also sail more balanced. Look for a Corbin 39 with a double spreader spar.

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