The Corinthian 41 was built from 1965 till 1983. I think 27 total were built. The original building company was called Gulf States Research
and Development Corporation. In time it became Corinthian Yachts, Inc. This company sold out to the Corinthian Yachts, Inc that currently builds power cats. Here is a link with some ship building history Gulf States R. & D. Corp.
Originally Symmons Sailing, Inc out of New York
, was importing Telstars 26's tris, and Iroquois 30 cats from England
back in the 60's. This was the only way to get a fiberglass
in the US at the time. Piver
, Cross, Brown,Wharram, etc... were selling their plans and there was amateur, build your own multihull
boom going on in the U.S.
"Symmons Sailing" figured there was a need for a larger multihull and they decided to commission a design to be produced here in the U.S. There is some discussion about who did what with this boat. But if you look at her carefully and look at Piver
designs you see a great deal of similarity.
The story goes that C. William Lapworth of Cal
Yachts, Inc started the design and at some point Ted Irwin
became involved with designing the interior
and the sailing rig, originally it had a Sloop
setup. She was changed to the Ketch
rig she carries now. During the time that Irwin
was involved, Morgan
consulted with Irwin on the design. It is my understanding that Piver was working for Morgan
at the time. It is logical that if this is true Piver talked with Morgan.
Later I am told that Piver became very unhappy about the Corinthian design. I can imagine why, it looks like his boat. But what is definitely not his and I think a real plus for the design are the asymmetrical amas. I think they will help the boat point higher.
Irwin was a hands on designer
I am told. I believe he wanted close supervision on the builds. Living in Florida
, he oversaw the boats built in Tarpon Springs, where Corinthian Yachts, Inc now resides, and the original shop did. To my knowledge this is the only multihull he was associated with. At some point Symmons Sailing discontinued association with the design but she continued on.
Eventually through at least two companies before being called Corinthian Yachts, Inc, the Corinthian 41 became the first fiberglass
production multihull built in the U.S.
The company was owned by Carl Vossberg.
I hope this help with some of the information you were looking for.