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Old 19-09-2018, 08:28   #1
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Corbin 39 Singlehanding

Hi there,

I was hoping that there were some Corbin 39 owners or people that have sailed on one that could tell me about their experiences and give me their opinions on regularly singlehanding a Corbin 39... the Good, Bad and Ugly.

I do have experience in singlehand docking and handling a 35 foot boat that had a lot of windage and pulled crazy random maneuvers in the wind and currents.

I am looking at possibly buying a Corbin 39. If I did, I would rig it with lines to the cockpit, roller furling genoa, lazy jack type system for dropping the main, autopilot, windvane steering system and maybe a bow thruster. I have read about the weather helm issues on some. But if that was fixed, would it be a good sailboat to singlehand or still just a giant pain in the butt to deal with?

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My opinion, any sailboat can be singlehanded. The issue is more how the boat and rigging are set up than the make or model.

For me the main limiting factor for singlehanding is how big a sail can I lift meaning, if I have to remove the main or bend it to the mast by myself can I lift it on deck, lift it high enough to get the slides in the track. I decided that this works out to mid forties length max. Anything else can be easily managed or changed with winches, blocks, etc.

For reference, in 1976Alain Colas raced in the OSTAR, a singlehanded trans-Atlantic on the 236' Club Mediterranee.
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My opinion, any sailboat can be singlehanded. The issue is more how the boat and rigging are set up than the make or model.

For me the main limiting factor for singlehanding is how big a sail can I lift meaning, if I have to remove the main or bend it to the mast by myself can I lift it on deck, lift it high enough to get the slides in the track. I decided that this works out to mid forties length max. Anything else can be easily managed or changed with winches, blocks, etc.

For reference, in 1976Alain Colas raced in the OSTAR, a singlehanded trans-Atlantic on the 236' Club Mediterranee.
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No sweat with that one.. just do everything 10mins before you need to.. from fenders and lines to reefing.
That way you can take your time and get it right first time.. once you work out your routines and her quirks.
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Re: Corbin 39 Singlehanding

By the way I have a couple of times single-handed my 42 ft Pearson. No special setup or re-rigging, just the way it came from the factory.

Assuming the running rigging is properly set up I think the most important thing for single-handing any vessel is a really good reliable way for the boat to self steer while you're working the sails rigging or whatever.
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No sweat with that one.. just do everything 10mins before you need to.. from fenders and lines to reefing.
That way you can take your time and get it right first time.. once you work out your routines and her quirks.
Thanks boatman61. How much experience do you have with Corbin 39s? Any other thoughts on them?
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By the way I have a couple of times single-handed my 42 ft Pearson. No special setup or re-rigging, just the way it came from the factory.

Assuming the running rigging is properly set up I think the most important thing for single-handing any vessel is a really good reliable way for the boat to self steer while you're working the sails rigging or whatever.
Thanks Skipmac. I plan on a good autopilot (and possibly a backup) to help with that.
I was considering a Pearson 365 pilothouse. Nice boat. It just didn't have a lot storage space for a liveaboard/long trips.
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I single handed Roxy, 40 tons, 58 feet on a short hop from Jolly Harbor to Falmouth Harbor last season. Busy busy! Wouldn’t want to make a habit of it
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Re: Corbin 39 Singlehanding

I own a Corbin 39 Pilothouse Cutter. Not any problem single handing. Mine is an 83 with the headstay on the anchor platform - no issues with weather helm. Sails great even in light air and easy to balance.
A great comfortable boat for us with extended cruising plans in very near future.
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I own a Corbin 39 Pilothouse Cutter. Not any problem single handing. Mine is an 83 with the headstay on the anchor platform - no issues with weather helm. Sails great even in light air and easy to balance.
A great comfortable boat for us with extended cruising plans in very near future.
Thanks Chenega. From what I have read, they seem to be a sturdy, mellow and fairly forgiving sailing platform. I am looking for safety and comfort. Anything else you like dislike about them?
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Thanks Chenega. From what I have read, they seem to be a sturdy, mellow and fairly forgiving sailing platform. I am looking for safety and comfort. Anything else you like dislike about them?


We love the comfort of the cockpit and the amount of available storage. The boat is well planned out and finished (factory built boat).
I have a Westerbeke w58 with excellent access all around the engine (v-drive). Carries 100gallons of fuel and 120gallons of water.
The staysail is on a boom hanked on and will be adding roller furling to it. Head sail is roller furl.
We have 300w solar more than enough to run refrigeration and lights. I hope to replace and re-wire panel.
We love the boat!
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Nice! I am glad to hear it. Thank you
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