1980 Corbin 39

Detroit, Michigan, United States
$175,000 USD

Corbin 39 Aft Cockpit Pilothouse Cutter Rigged Sloop



Hull finished in 1980 at Corbin bateaux in Montreal. Fitted out and commissioned in 1984. Fitting out by EUROPEAN

This boat is ready for world travel, the ocean rig has been recently re-rigged with 316 wire with Staylock fittings. Two
“Profurl” roller furlers. All mast and boom fittings are installed with “tufgel” anti seizing.

Boat has 8 stainless steel self-tailing winches, an Edson mount for outboard, a Force 10 BBQ, dodger with side
curtains, 3 dorades for ventilation and two large bow lockers. There are 8 opening hatches topside, all have hand
fitted screens for letting in the breeze, and foam inserts to keep the beating sun out. The custom boom gallows is
made of stainless steel/mahogany and has the name of the SV “Joint Effort” inscribed with gold leaf paint. The
cockpit has two lockers. The portside cockpit locker is set up so you can climb down into the aft part of the engine
room allowing ease of working on water heater, hydraulic steering, mechanics, wiring, and such. All exposed wood
on exterior has new Sunbrella covers except the cap rails

All sails are in excellent condition., the mainsail (Doyle-Boston), genoa (Griner-North), staysail (De Mattia). Main sail
is setup with a lazy jack system. Genoa and staysail have ProFurl roller furlers.

Boat’s interior was finished by Kaz Zatec (European Custom Yachts). All joiner work is mahogany, finished in the old
world fashion. The interior of this boat is unsurpassed. This craftsmanship is of the highest boat building quality.
“JOINT EFFORT” is a very dry boat, no leaks, no condensation because of the insulated hull. There is no hull
moisture. Boat’s bottom has 6 coats of INTERLUX 2000, there has never been a blister on this boat.

“JOINT EFFORT” was completed as number 001, by “European Custom Yachts.” “JOINT EFFORT” was highly
regarded while sailing on the east coast by her original owners/builders. Gene and Irene Whitney are the second
owners of “JOINT EFFORT.” For the last 17 years, “JOINT EFFORT” has been seen cruising in the Great Lakes, the
North Channel, and Georgian Bay. Home ports have been on Grosse Ile, MI. GIYC & FYC, and Cheboygan, MI at the
Duncan Bay Boat Club (DBBC). This is a very special yacht, designed and built for a couple to sail the waters of the
world in comfort and safety.


Perkins 4-108 approx. 1400 Hours . New engine installed 1995
New ZF transmission V-drive
170 amp CS 144 alternator.(new 2010)
Balmar 3 stage voltage regulator (new 2010)
Two steering stations, both hydraulic
12 volt refrigerator: w/freezer: Port side, long and deep, well insulated, w/shelving which makes it easy to work with
Seafrost Freezer, Starboard side under Bar w/stained glass
Cetrex hydraulic auto helm
Raytheon radar
Kiss wind generator
Microwave: Starboard w/carousel
Prosine Inverter/charger: Pilot House Starboard (new 2010)
Trojan T145 batteries (6) new 2010, (1) separate battery dedicated to START Engine
Hot & cold pressure water ….three (3) tanks, 145 gallons
SIMPSON/LAWRENCE Manual windless
Anchor wash down
Two anchors, 45 lb CQR. With all chain manual windlass, Danforth with 150 ‘ rode with chain
12000 B.T.U. A.C. and electric heat
EMON II Battery Monitor System: Pilot House aft.
VHFs + hard wired and 1 handheld (new 2010)
AM/FM: Main Cabin Starboard (new 2010)
Two aluminum fuel tanks..72 gals total
Newer RIB with 15 hp Mercury. Ob
Leather seating inside, all berths are newly recovered
Two (2) heads
All interior flooring is custom finished oak parquet.
Many more features not mentioned here …

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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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