News From Our Voyagers

Nov 5, 2016: Hi Lester, We're currently in Prickly Bay, Grenada and there are actually 4 Corbins in the Bay right now... must be  pretty rare occurrence, even if two are unoccupied at the moment. Many thanks for keeping the group going. It's a great resource. Jan and Doug Hanna, hull #49

Oct 10, 2016: Hi, A couple of updates as we work through the reconstruction. Bad Agent has been re-named Sheersha, Gallic for freedom and Tracie and I got married. She now goes by Tracie Sauer. Don Sauer

July 26, 2015: Hi Lester, BE is now on the Rio Dulce in wonderful Guatemala and I'm enjoying life. Took three days from Cancun Mex. after 5 months in Mex after traveling to Cuba for a month. Life is grand. John Baumgartner S/V Bright Eyes

May 18, 2015: Hi Lester, sorry for the delay but we have just returned from a 7 month voyage. Our boat is on the hard in Titusville,FL and we are back in Canada; will return to the boat in September and go back into the water to continue our dream.

February 1, 2015: I just returned in late September from a 13 month 16000 nm South Pacific sailing trip. We sailed from Vancouver BC as far south as Easter Island, Pitcarin Island, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas, 4 Hawaiian Islands, and home. It was a fast trip but all went well. My Corbin 39 PH performed excellent under the guidance of a re-built Aries wind vane. Thanks for all the Corbin support. Jim Poirier SV Noroue

June 4, 2014: Dear Lester, just a note on our trip up the ICW north from Florida. We have been working our way up the east coast slowly from Palm Coast to Charleston, SC. We left Palm Coast 5/14/14 and are in Charleston till Friday 6/6/14. Then, we will head up the ditch to North Carolina to leave the boat as I need to go back to work for two months. All the best. Cheers Ray and Sue Gates. ANTIC...... PS. I attached a travelogue that Sue has been doing

March 26, 2014: Lester, We have been members and would like to renew our membership. It is very difficult to use PayPall from here. There are many things we enjoy about Panama but doing simple business is complicated. It may be possible for us though to send a cheque through a delivery service if we had your address. We bought a Corbin about 12 years ago and it was our dream to sail our beautiful boat down here. She is truly a marvelous boat. We would like to contribute our pictures as well to your site . Could you please help us. Thank you for any help you could give us
Sent from Heather Sullivan, s/v Ne'r Do Well

January 16, 2014: Hi, We are underway, just arrived in Mindelo, Cape Verdes, on our way to Trinidad. Gerry S. S/V Octopus

July 8, 2013: Hi Lester, Sorry we didn't write but we were very busy working at the boat. We are in Menorca now on the way to Italy where we want to change the engine. Otherwise, the boat is ready to start the circumnavigation this year. We want to cross the Atlantic in November from The Canaries to The Carribeans. We also started to work on our website, I will send you the link when it's ready.
All the best, Cristina & Ghenadie S/Y Sunrise

June 20, 2013: Lester, I'm on the west coast of PR looking for a weather window across the Mona Passage to DR. Spent almost a year in Trinidad. Pulled Bright Eyes and did a bottom job and put in a new sole below decks. Traveled up the island chain same – same. Plan on spending a year in DR then maybe a year in Bahamas, then back to the East Coast for awhile, then maybe Mexico, and south. John B. S/V Bright Eyes

April 17, 2013: Lester, We changed the name of the boat from Stargazer V to H2OBO. We are currently in the Mediterranean and will be sailing here for the next few years. Branko V.

January 1, 2013: Hi Lester, After our short boating season (very low water) we set about searching for a land cruiser (travel trailer!) and bought an 18ft model in October. It had the features that we wanted but had room for quite a few additions/improvements to make it "shipshape" so we have been working on that for a while. Although the temperatures have been around 0 C and down to -10, the trailer has a powerful propane furnace to quickly make things comfortable. Fitting out is somewhat similar to boat work but with a different constraint - weight is an important factor due to the axle limit. I have been using thin ply and quite a bit is the 1/8" mahogany door skins, with light battens, e.g. 1"x1", for reinforcement. In the photo you will see that the trailer and Opportunity have a close relationship. See Salters Travel Trailer . Regards David Salter

January 31. 2013: Lester, Our e-mail WiFi is often not that great.  I hope this gets through to you.
Photo 1 is Eileen enjoying home brewed coffee, see Photo 1 .
Photo 2 is in  a S. Caroliina Park overlooking the ICW, see Photo 2 .
Photo 3 is our trailer and Kia Sedona van in the snowy area at the beginning of the trip, see Photo 3 .
Currently we have just settled into an RV site in West Houston after a stressful drive all around the ring roads of this big city.  We left Lake Charles, LA this morning.  Tomorrow we will be meeting for lunch with a group of Shell colleagues who worked in similar areas to me.  This is their monthly meeting and we have just hit it right.  I won't have seen any of them for about 30 years! Regards, David

March 23, 2013: Lester, I have just been writing a brief note about our trip to some UK friends so here is the "Americanized" version of the story: We have just returned from our maiden voyage, a 7,500 mile trip to the south and west of the USA. We spent some time in the Florida Panhandle, then to Houston, San Antonio (Photo 5) and Corpus Christi, TX, and as far west as Nogales, AZ, where I have a high school friend. Visits to Sedona, AZ (Photo 4) (Photo 7) and the Grand Canyon were some of the scenic highlights. The trip went very well except that the fuel consumption was atrocious, about 11 mpg . We also ran into unusually cold weather with snow in southern Arizona. Then we were held up for 2 days in Albuquerque, NM (Photo 6) while Amarillo, TX (east on the I-40), removed 19” of snow. We had to drain the water system in the travel trailer and stay in motels for the last 7 days but still managed to cook some evening meals in the trailer with the propane furnace, to use up the fridge contents. Regards, David

December 31, 2012: Hello Lester, I want to thank you for polling the membership concerning davits. With our Corbin in Freeport we had little time and resources at our disposal so we went with a set of removable davits from Atkins – Hoyle. They are just adequate for our 10' inflatable, 10 hp outboard and gas tank. In the Exumas right now, on our way back to Freeport.All the best for the New Year. David Hibbard, s/v Endorphin (The Paddler's Outfitter/Guide, Nahanni Wilderness Adventures,

December 25, 2012: Long time it is has been. We, Anita and I, are in Granada, 100 miles from S. America, We have just come from Trinidad and will head to the ABC islands off of central America in a month or two, Internet is very bad but I wanted to send you very best wishes for the New Year, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Merry Christmas. John and Anita B. S/V Bright Eyes, anchored off the island of Granada

December 7, 2012: Launched in June 1991, we sailed over 60,000 NM so far and anchored in Lankawi, Malaysia... We plan to sell our boat and try a new life, after 21 years at sea.... Michel Zuffellato, s/v Neige d'Ete

July 23, 2012 Hi Lester, I came across your website and noticed that I could update you on the Yankee. I bought her in 2006, renamed her BASJOC, and her home port is Cambridge, MD.

I have sailed her on a few long singlehanded trips: (1) Bermuda, Newfoundland and back to the Chesapeake; (2) around the Atlantic by way of Newfoundland, Iceland, Scotland, then south to Spain, Canary Island, Cape Verde Islands, and zigzagging through the Caribbean back to the Chesapeake; and (3) to Newfoundland (indeed, I really like the place) and coastal cruising around Labrador. I am currently planning to take her to Norway next year, and leave her there for the winter in order to cruise the Baltic the year after.

I love the boat, and might go to the Bahamas this winter with my two sons! Willem Zijp, s/vBasjoc.

February 20, 2012 Hi All, From John: We are now off the island of St Eustatius position N 17 28.8 by W 62 59.3 . Bright eyes has been good to us; only glitz was a fresh water pump that I played with for a couple of days before finally just replacing the damn thing. LOL We got to sail yesterday on one tack for about 30 miles at 6.5 to 7 kts and that was fun, the motor boat you see in the pictures are our buddy boat that we traveled with for about 2 years thru the DR's and just parted ways in BVI; they had to got back to PR for medical reasons. We are really going to miss them and we are continuing on south and east, maybe ending up in Grenada, before we make the next plunge toward South America. While we were at St Martin I replace some lifelines that were in need of replacement. Water costs in the islands anywhere from 15 cents to 25 cents a gallon, fuel diesel $6.00 plus gas about $5.50 a gallon. You have to check-in on each island and pay a stipend to the powers that be, anywhere from 5 EU to $20 US. We are now on a mooring ball which we are not used to. We have always anchored but here you have to be at a ball, at $30 US for a week; that's ok.

    From Anita: This has been an exciting adventure. We went from Spanish to English and now to French .I know a little French but not enough. I guess I will learn. St. Martin was a lot of fun; we spent a few days there. Now i'm looking forward to the next Island because all of them are different. John and Anita B. S/V Bright Eyes (Moored at St Eustatius)

December 29, 2011 I'm in Savannah for a few days, If you like old cities this is heaven. Tied up at the town dock right in the center of town. After a few days of cold windy weather it's warm and sunny again. I'd like to stay for new years eve, but I probably end up being buried here! from what i'm told this is the best? (I see people walking around with drinks and it's afternoon 2 days before) new years party anywhere. Next stop Brunswick GA Bill C0stello [See savannahtowndock.jpg outside1.JPG ]

December 21, 2011: Lester, Actually it was full of diesel fuel. The injection pump was dumping fuel into the crankcase. But all is well now.  The prop is a 2 blade 18", 13" pitch mich. sailor. The new engine moves me along at 6.3 knots @ 2000 rpm, 6.5 @ 2200 and 7.3 @ 2600 or there abouts. If some one tells you what a great engine a Perkins 4-108 is just ask him what color is his bilge. u no the answer - black! The Yanmar Beta 43 is working well and smoking less. One of the better decisions of my life, to replace not rebuild. I'm anchored for the day north of Georgetown SC, catching up on chores. Bill C. s/v Coochi

December 17, 2011: Kathrian is heading on her offshore adventures in 2012. You'll be able to follow her adventures on ; search for her boat name. Jack Verheyden.

December 15, 2011: The new engine is in, working fine and smoking much less. I left boatyard hell yesterday and i'm sending this from Oriental NC. Attached are photos of the removal & Install Bill C.

1oldperkins.jpg, 2englishrustproofing.jpg, 3americanrustproofing.jpg, 4thenewphilliesred.jpg, 5bulkheadcut.jpg, 6cuttingstringers.jpg, 7dusty.jpg, 8newbeds.jpg, 9newyanmar.jpg [Hi Lester, If the engine was smoking a lot like he says, it usually means that it was overloaded by too big a prop or too much pitch.  The engine has to be able to turn its propeller at the maximum RPM and no more than 100 RPM less than the maximum RPM.  If the engine is overloaded, it will eventually burn. Have a great day. Marius Corbin ]

August 27, 2011: Hi All, Hurricane Irene passed the boat within 30 miles; winds, here in Luperion DR, were 40 KTS or about 47 miles/hr. I stayed on Bright Eyes during the whole thing; it was interesting but staying awake for about 40 hrs was very tiring. Irene was a Category 2 with winds clocked at over 100 MPH. The harbor was jam packed, with the fishing fleet in the mangroves and cruisers anchored in the center. I was tucked in near the government dock in about 11 ft of water. Didn't see much in waves but like I said the wind was something; at one point I had to avoid a couple of loose boats (boats that broke anchor or broke mooring lines). One boat, a 55 ft CAT, got within 10 ft as it flew past me and into the government dock; it now has a hole in its side but survived otherwise. The only not so good thing that happened to Bright Eyes is that in the middle of all this a water line parted and dumped 100 gal of fresh water into the bilge. Sorry no pictures this time, John B. s/v Bright Eyes, Anchored in Luperion Harbor, DR

June 25, 2011 Lester, Today I'm  back at the marina with a Perkins headache -- the Perkins started to run away -- lost oil pressure, will have the head off tomorrow and then will have a better idea if to short block, or is there a Yanmar in my future. Belhaven is on Pantego Creek, just off the Pungo River which flows into Pamlico Sound, west of Hatteras, I'm heading to Marathon, Boot Key, FL. and then the Bahamas. Bill Costello

June 24, 2011 Well finally got some internet but no fone, tied up at the River Forest marina in Belhaven today spent last night here on the hook, wind will shift to the north later tonite - gale warning, 14' seas off the coast, looks like another day waiting - a sailor with time always has fair weather - spent monday nite in The Frying Pan, not a lite not sound - amazing, met a french couple at the marina today, dinner was, well french - excellent! Bill Costello

June 6, 2011 Hi All, Bright Eyes is still in Luperon DR and back in the water. It has been a busy month; I got new eye glasses that cost about the same as back in the States. The internet is a unreliable on the boat out in the harbor so pictures are a little hard to upload to the Kodak website. After many tries I finally got most of the pictures done or at least enough to give you an idea of what is going on in my small part of the world. Anita is back in the US to get things done that can't be done here and to visit her family. I have stayed here the DR's to get things done that are better done with only one person onboard. I sent you a picture of my bike (150 CC)  that I use to tour the countryside, along with our buddy boat Elesemeldra (Don and Melis). The bike is a cheap Chinese knockoff, but it works for me. For a thousand $ what can you expect; it is considered a BIG bike here and I will sell it in Nov. for 3/4 of what I paid for it so to my way of thinking that is cheap transportation.

    Bright Eyes needed a bottom job which means antifouling paint below the water line. Here in a third world country that means you get the boat out of the water anyway you can. In Luperon that means a big hydraulic trailer with a tractor pulling you out. Paint was over $US 300 a gallon (ordered from US). I did all the work myself, except sanding the hull, which I had the locals do. Took them 5 days to get that job done, They used #5 in vibrating hand sanders and I had to supply the electrical power since the marina couldn't supply it. The water you get out of the hose you can't drink and I had to buy drinking water in 5 gal. jugs at about ?$U.S. per jug.The whole out of the water experience took 14 days. I also got 7 coats of wax done above the waterline but had to use scaffolding to reach the top which I had to partly buy so that the marina would have it the next time. I was only the third boat to get pulled using the hyd. trailer and by far the heaviest . While I was on the hard I got attacked by a swarm of bees and as you can see I killed a couple of thousand before I lost and got back into the water and got away from them. The main swarm must have been 100,000 strong because you could see the swarm like a cloud from 100 yards away; oh ya, for the people that read this don't know that I am allergic to bee stings and carry an eppy self injector. I'll let you guess if I got stung or not, LOL. On a more personal note I have done 2 of 5 visits to the dentist ( takes about half a day to get to) to get a new set of dentures. I was shocked at the bill 0f 54,000 DR or about 1300 $US but what choice does a person have, to eat or not to eat, again LOL. Well that is what's going on in my little world, I would like to hear from you and tell me what is going on in yours.  John B., S/V Bright Eyes, anchored in Luperon, Dominican Republic

May 11, 2011 Thanks Lester, I will add you to our sailing update mailing list and if anybody wants to be added, just give them our e-mail address. We have been underway now  since the big refit going on 4 years.. We have been as far north as Newfoundland and as far south as the bottom of the Keys, west to Mobile Bay and east to the Azores. Now we are working our way south to PR and eventually get to Panama. Bright Eyes has done some traveling and we have just started the 12 to 15 year trip, we live on her full time. John and Anita B. S/V Bright Eyes

[Ed. Note: Bright Eyes is a Mark I Corbin sailboat that has sailed many bluewater miles]

April 22, 2011 Dear Lester, thank you for your interest! My wifeVera and I have sailed usually for two to three months each year since I crossed the Atlantic in1999 with our son and a friend of his. Prior to the crossing, we had allowed ourselves only two weeks and some long sailing weekends per year. We stationed the boat several times in Maine and also for four seasons in Nova Scotia, which allowed us to enjoy and circumnavigate Newfoundland, also visiting the French Islands of St. Pierre and Michelon several times.

The ten years in Europe, almost all of them in the Mediterranean Sea, were full of highlights. A long stay in Venice and three years in Turkey were most memorable. My plan to continue eastward seemed irresponsible in view of the escalating threat posed by the Somali pirates. So I made the decision to sail west. In September 2009, I left Aguadulce, Spain, sailed to Gibraltar and from there via Madeira, the Canary and Cap Verde Islands to Fortaleza, Brazil, where I arrived in February 2010. Fortaleza is not suitable to leave a boat. I should have gone further south but decided to leave ESCAPADE in the Parnaiba River in care of a fisherman at Louis Correia. I did the crossing alone because Vera does not like long distance sailing anymore, but for me it certainly was the best sailing ever!.

In June 2010 I sailed  via Devils Island and Courou, French Guinea to Trinidad, and left the boat on the hard. Because of a shoulder injury and recent surgery I will miss out on sailing until after the hurricane season. At that time Vera will again come along. We love our boat and feel she has always been comfortable and reassuring and has kept us safe. Best regards, Peter Voges, s/v Escapade.

April 20, 2011 Hi Lester, The boat was originally owned by Scott and Mary Beth Teas. They bought the hull, had it finished in Maine, gave her the name Harriet Haymaker, and launched her in 1991. They sailed her with their four children to the Caribbean and Mediterranean. (See "Cruising World" Nov. 1990) Then they bought  a bigger boat and sailed around South America. They had sold the boat to Bill and Rudy Weissinger who wanted to go sailing in order the have the good things first. Well, in November of 1988 they decided to sell the renamed Dessert First. I bought her in Newberry Port, MA where she was hauled out. It was a rainy, cold northeast coast day. I then waited till May 1989 to have her trucked to San Francisco, CA, actually Sausalito. 

When I finally retired in 1993, she was ready to go cruising. With a friend I sailed down to Panama and Florida and cruised around in the Caribbean for seven years. In 2000 I headed back to the Panama Canal, then Galapagos, Marquesas, and Tahiti. In the following years I continued to Suvorov, Tonga, and New Zealand.  In New Zealand she got a major overhaul, painting and a ReefRite main with an electric winch.  Then I moved on to  Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and finally here to Singapore. I stayed in many places for longer periods of time, did both single handing and sailing with crew. About three years ago I had an unsuccessful knee operation which kind of hinders me to continue around South Africa. (Age 83 also starts to be a bit of an obstacle). But after owning Dessert First for 23 years, I am very attached to her and enjoy living on her, with occasional short sails. I have also become re-engaged as a volunteer in my old professional activities, making attempts at watercolor painting and refreshing my Mandarin.  So life aboard Dessert First is most enjoyable. 

Over the years have written newsletters and of course later developed a website and now keep a blog where you can see some pictures of the last couple of years and Dessert First. I hope this will clarify some of your questions. With best wishes, Marie-Louise Ansac s/v Dessert First Blog:

[Ed. Note: Dessert First is a Mark I Corbin that has sailed many bluewater miles.]

April 11, 2011 We moved full time aboard Maltese Falcon in 1994 while working in the Toronto area. We left our jobs in 1999 and headed to the Caribbean via Bermuda. We then sailed across the Atlantic. We have since crossed the Atlantic twice more and at the moment are in the Mediterranean. Our plans are as soft as mud, but we plan to head over to Greece and Turkey this Spring. So far we've covered over 25,000 nm in the last ten years. Mario and Lillian Borg, s/v Maltese Falcon

March 11, 2011 Hi Lester, Bodacious ii is finally in Florida after 2 attempts last June, due to SE winds. I, and a crew of 2, arrived in Vero Beach,  Florida, March 4th, 2011. Nine days to cross the Gulf from Freeport, Texas to Key West then up the coast to Fort Lauderdale, where due to high winds and waves, came up the ICW motorsailing. The Corbin performed beautifully. All went well. The Corbin is unbelievable. At 6-7 knots she self steers in heavy seas. In four months, will take Bodacious ii up to New Brunswick Canada, in stages. Looking for crew. Regards, MURRAY FALLAISE.

February 11, 2011 I am still living on my boat now in Singapore, kind of stationary. Because of my bad knee I have no longer been able to singlehand and now at 83 I am living on the boat in a marina in Singapore but will take her to Borneo one of these days. In the meantime I am doing some work here in my old trade and taking water color classes. Marie-Louise Ansak s/v Dessert First

December 30, 2010 Hello Lester, My boyfriend Ghenadie and I are the new owners of Sunrise (formerly Cerridwen). We are from Romania. The boat is in Europe now, preparing for a circumnavigation. Cristina Mandras, s/v Sunrise hull number 113 [Ed. Note: Sunrise is a Mark I Corbin, which has successfully completed an ocean crossing.]

December 18, 2010 We are presently in Southern Africa. We love to hear from you and we will get back to you, however it may take a little while! Thanks for being patient!
Sailing season 7 is over! As of October 28, 2010 we are travelling 4 months in Southern Africa and next summer (2011) we bike across Canada W to E.
Want to come along? Skype ID: gbstuurop. Gerry & Brigitte Stuurop, s/v Octopus I

November 8, 2010  Our 1982 Corbin 39 continues her sailing adventures through the Mediterranean Sea after completing an Atlantic crossing in 2007.  The Azores and Iberian Peninsula was explored in 2008.  The 2009 sailing season included Spain and Morocco.  Dean completed a 1,300 nm journey from Spain to Corsica, Fr., and then on to the Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily before reaching her final destination of Monastir, Tunisia from May to July 2010.  Brian completed a 725 nm voyage to Sardinia and back to Hammamet, Tunisia in Sept. & Oct. 2010.  Dean Nisbett, s/v Necessity hull #135 Blog at:

August 31, 2010 Hello Lester, My husband, Stephen, and I have completed our circumnavigation on our Corbin 39 “Toboggan”.  We are now back to work and are putting Toboggan up for sale.  May we list our boat for sale on your site?  How do we do that?  Please let me know. Thanks, Nancy Lefneski Editor Reply: Stephen and Nancy, Congratulations on successfully completing your circumnavigation. [See their adventures at Tobaggan's Ride ]

June 24, 2010 Hi Lester, It's been a while since I last communicated. How have you been? Two Pelicans had a great winter 2008-2009 in the Bahamas. No problems with the boat.  Skips got tired of hauling 200 ft of 3/8th anchor chain by hand, so he installed a Lofrans Falkon 12 v windlass that he obtained used, (Craigslist), missing the drum and brake wheel/band, which he then pirated from the old Lofrans Major Royal manual sitting on deck!!

See twopelicansnewlofransfalkonwindlass2.jpg Also, bought an industrial hoist control which saved me a bundle over the Lofrans hand control. See twopelicansnewlofransfalkonwindlass1.jpg. This is without doubt the best upgrade I ever made. Using a mix of bought and hand crafted parts I installed it at anchor in George Town,Great Exuma, Bahamas. It took me a week.
  The winter of 2009-2010 didn't look too favourable so Two Pelicans stayed in Fort Pierce, Florida . My friend Jane and I were over in Tampa one day and we ended up at Lazydays RV Inc!!  Needless to say we now own a "Landyacht". A 42 foot Beaver Marquis Amethyst!  All 25 tons of her !!  It is quite possible we will be coming to see you before next winter !! 

Check out my blog 
We think winter sailing in the Bahamas and summer 'cruising' in the RV sounds like fun!! See twopelicansasea1.jpg, twopelicansasea2.jpg.
Two Pelicans was hauled out here at Fort Pierce last Monday. She had been in the water since December 9th 2006 !!!  Not one blister in sight!!   Back in 2001, when I bought her, the bottom was stripped to the gelcoat and 10 coats of Mas Epoxy were applied in a continuous hand application. It obviously worked !!
    There are still some upgrades to be done.....a bigger Yanmar 4JHE diesel; the 3GM30F has performed famously but is too small for ocean work; new water tanks; new Vacuflush head; new deck paint, and a hard dinghy of the Boston Whaler type (no more leaky inflatables).
     Fair winds and calm seas, Lester. All the best, Jeremy and Jane Parrett

July 17, 2010 Moored in Peniche, Portugal on 3 x 1-ton concrete blocks, which I moved with the boat, and about 1,000 lbs of ship chain. The locals say that if a big storm comes my boat may drag the whole port inland!!! Going south to the Algarve in 2 weeks for my yearly one-month getaway from insane life on land. Cheers, Horatio M. S/V Jakatar

June 3, 2010 Lester, we love to hear from you! However we are underway again and it may be a few days before we manage to get back to you!! Thanks for being patient! Gerry & Brigitte Stuurop, SY Octopus I, sailing season 7, Sea of Marmora and the Black Sea, , Skype ID: gbstuurop, Int Callsign: VE3UIK

February 3, 2010 Lester, Just a short note to thank you for your wishes and let you know Dolphin Spirit is now at her new home in Hobart, Tasmania, on the south island of Australia. After an uneventful trip, which covered 1200 nautical miles, arrived in Hobart after 8 days at sea.  Regards, Rod Mathews (s/v Dolphin Spirit) new owner. [Ed. Note: Dolphin Spirit is a Mark I Corbin which has successfully crossed an ocean and has sailed many bluewater miles.]

February 2, 2010 Lester I am not hibernating in the snow. In fact I just returned home from Palacios, Texas where Bodacious ll has been for the past 3 years. I am planning to sail with a crew of 3 to Marathon, Florida  in mid April, straight across the Gulf, docking in northern Florida for a few months then on to Summerside, P.E.I., Canada.   I will keep you posted.  Murray Fallaise

January 28, 2010 Dear Lester, I hope you enjoyed the Christmas holidays. For the coming year, good health and enjoyment!Thank you for keeping the website allive. You reached me in the Cabo Verde Islands. ESCAPADE will stay here for a month before I cross over to Brazil. I have been sailing alone from Agua Dulce, Spain via Gibraltar, Santo Porto, Madeira, La Gracciosa, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. All very fast and enjoyable except for the last voyage to Mindelo, Sao Vincente, when I had decent wind for three days followed by almost four days of no wind and additional three days of wind exactly on the nose. I sailed almost 1400 NM for actual 800 NM distance in 15 days. Best regards, Peter Vogel

Nov 19, 2009 My husband, Ward, and I circumnavigated in our Corbin 39, Cormorant, in the 1990's. Here's a nice recipe, Harvest Hamburger Casserole Judy Lehardy [Cormorant is a Mark I Corbin 39]

March 12, 2009  Lester, After three years in Turkey I left in 2007 and went through the Corinth Canal to the Ionic Isles, enjoyed the Croatian coast and wintered in Venice, which was spectacular. Last year I left the Adriatic Sea and sailed via the Strait of Messina to Sardinia, where Escapade in on the hard at Sant'Antioco. My thanks to you for creating and maintaining the very informative Corbin website! Peter Voges, (s/v Escapade)

Dec 22, 2008 Good day Lester, I am two and a half months into my first cruise on Tangaroa. I Left lake Champlain on the 9th of October, down the Hudson, and then through the intracoastal and a few Atlantic passages I have reached Cocoa FL. I am spending Xmas in Cocoa Florida. I should reach my destination, the Bahamas, in mid January. Guy Viger, (s/v Tangaroa V)

Nov 6, 2008 Lester, Sorry we have never used a cradle, we had Bright Eyes on jack stands while doing the bottom. She is almost done and ready to go around the world with a few things left to do. We get new our new sails tomorrow $13,000+ but it's only money, so far the complete refit has cost us $60,000 and almost a year of full time work, but we see the light...... just hope the light isn't a train running us down. LOL. John and Anita, (s/v Bright Eyes)

April 15, 2008 Hi Lester, We are getting the major refit done, but sometimes it feels like it goes on forever. LOL. We have replaced the fuel tanks (added another fuel tank for a total of three, 140 gal), all new fresh water system, salt water system, new engine and drive train, 4 bilge pumps, new septic system, 275 ft anchor chain, rebuilt anchor windless, all new lights below decks, and have ground the hull down to fiberglass and added 5 barrier coats with 2 coats of antifouling. We have yet to remove the teak deck and work on the standing and running rigging. John and Anita, (s/v Bright Eyes)

March 10, 2008 Lester, America's Great Loop was a 5200 NM trip around the Eastern half of the US. We had to step and unstep the mast 3 times. We started in FL and sailed up the east coast to NY City, up the Hudson to the Erie Canal across the Erie Canal to the Great Lakes, than sailed to Chicago down the rivers/canals systems to Mobile AL than to the west coast of FL, around to the FL Keys than up FL, back to where we started in Jacksonville FL. We stayed on our Hunter for a full year and only slept on land once while we were in NY City, while doing the "Loop". I figure that if the wife and I are still talking to each other after a year on a 26 ft boat the Corbin should be a breeze, LOL This was a great trip and what a blast. John and Anita Baumgartner, (s/v Bright Eyes)

December 23, 2007 Hi Lester, She started life as Cap Oceane. We bought her in Quebec as Cap au Sud. We have pretty much rebuilt everything ; this being the 4th winter out of the water. We figure this entitles us to select a new name which we are still working on ! We expect to be in St. Andrews harbor this spring which is on Passamaquody Bay which is the Maine/USA salt water border. We hope to spend the summer there in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine and by the fall of 09 head very South. In the rebuild process, you sure get an appreciation of the sturdiness of the original construction. Galene is really amazing. And we thought we did a rebuild !! Thanks, Ray Sullivan, (s/v Cap au Sud).

April 8, 2007 Lester, The check for Balmacara came yesterday afternoon. The sale is complete. It is hard to say good by to a good friend but I think that she is going to some good new owners. They are going to take her across the Atlantic. A Corbin should be out there crossing oceans. Your web site has provided us with lots of good information. The new owners became aware of Balmacara on the Corbin website. Good job Lester. Richard Bacon, former owner of s/v Balmacara. [Ed. Note: Balmacara is a Mark I Corbin which has successfully circumnavigated the world.]

March 5, 2007 Hi Lester, It was not that I cut you and the club off. What happened was that my sailmail started receiving 200 spam messages a day and i could not even delete them before sailmail cut me off for abusing the 10 minutes of air time allowed per day. After I got a new sailmail address the spam went away. Sailmail stated that I got on a mailing list from someone that had my email address on their computer probably when they were on line. Therefore I only gave my new address to family members. Now that I am back in the States (the first time in 5 years) I set up this Gmail account which I can access while I am on shore. This is quite recent (about 2 weeks), so now I can keep in touch with friends when in port, and maintain the sailmail for family and weather, and navigation etc.Thank you for looking me up. It is nice to know that someone cares. Yours Truly Henry McAlarney (s/v 2Extreme)....[Lester Note: Henry's Corbin is in Egypt.] [Ed. Note: 2Extreme is a Mark I Corbin that has successfully circumnavigated the world.]

February 26, 2007 Hi Lester, Many thanks for relaying this message.....”would you be so kind as to give Mr Frank Perry my email address.....”...I am presently without crew....long Morgan's Bluff harbour , Nicholl's Town, Andros, Bahamas. I have a safe dock in the small commercial harbour.....and I am hoping to find more crew on the internet...kindly provided by a sportfisher.....who leaves his modem on !! I had crew when we left Beaufort NC on Dec 13th 2006...we intended to go directly to the BVI's but weather beat us in at Charleston SC...did the ICW thing ...and hopped across to here from Biscayne Bay....via Great harbour in the Berry Islands. My crew ran out of time so i will remain here ......till I find someone else to sail with. Hope all is well with you.....[PS even here I cannot escape other Corbin 39's....last week I was visited by Voyager XIV with John and Judy Flint on board ] .cheers, Jeremy Parrett (s/v Two Pelicans)

January 30, 2007 Hi Lester, We are leaving for the Azores in May. Boat will probably be in Europe several years. We will keep you posted. Thanks,  Brian Hall (s/v Necessity)

December 19, 2006 Hi Lester, Merry Christmas and all the best to you and yours for 2007. We are in the Netherlands, visiting family, while Octopus I is being catered to on the hard in Marmaris. This year we went from Tunisia, where we spent the previous winter, via Malta and Italy to Greece and Turkey. We intend to participate in the Eastern Med Yacht Rally next spring. Thanks for your web-efforts, all the best. Gerry and Brigitte Stuurop (s/v Octopus I) (See Octopus I Website ) [Ed.Note: Octopus I is a Mark I Corbin, which has successfully crossed an ocean and has sailed many bluewater miles.]

December 19, 2006 Merry Christmas Lester from Two Pelicans .We are in Charleston SC resting up after coming offshore from Beaufort NC...Leaving tomorrow for Jacksonville Fl.......a 2 day offshore hop...So far there has been precious little wind...flat calm seas, wondefully sunny days and amazing starry nights.....All the best from Jeremy and crew Peter.(s/v Two Pelicans)

December 17, 2006 Thanks again for the help Lester. Our adventures with the Dockwise shipping company went well. They are very professional. Our trip up the Intercoastal waterway has not gone as well. Our transmission failed so we will be spending X-mas in a Motel 6. The transmission had been rebuilt in Thailand three ago. I am not going to take chances this time so I am working with Borg Warner to get a transmission from them. The next owner of Balmacara is going to get a boat with all new running gear. Our destination is Indiantown FL, We are about 30 miles from there. Thanks Richard Bacon (s/v Balmacara)

December 8, 2006 Lester, We are back in the U.S. and will unload Balmacara from Dockwise on the 9th of December and take her to IndianTown, Florida where she will be placed with a broker. Could you please post the attached spec sheet with the new info. Thanks for your help Richard Bacon, (s/v Balmacara)

August 28, 2006 Lester, I hope everyone appreciates all you have done in setting up and running the website I know I have found it a very enjoyable and useful addition to our boating activities. We have just returned from a 5 day trip down to NY State, finishing up at Henderson Harbor, not far from Watertown. We went in company with friends on a Nicholson 39 ketch and returned to our own harbour with a Rhodes 38 joining us. The owner keeps her in Henderson and he is a friend of our son. He does a lot of singlehanded sailing, often up to our area. On the return trip we had broad reaching winds up to 20 knots and all the boats kept fairly well together. We had one reef in the main and one in the yankee most of the time, with the staysail stay parked on the rail. The Corbin was the faster boat! (See Corbin Racing) David Salter (s/v Opportunity)

August 22, 2006 Lester, Took a cruise to Lake Erie & Ontario this summer, July 12 to August 16. Visited with Jack Veheyden, Kathrian (127) at Collins Bay Marina. He is in the latter stages of rebuilding the interior. Dave and Eileen Salter dropped by for a visit. The following day we went to Bath and spent the night at their dock. Dave Shaw (s/v Saw-Whet)

August 2, 2006 Lester, We met Saw-Whet, with Dave Shaw & Ed, his crew, at Collins Bay Marina, just west of Kingston on July 30. They had more or less kept to their rigorous schedule across Lake Erie & Lake Ontario. Jack Verheyden, off Kathrian, was also there and he now keeps his boat at the same marina, just along the same dock. Saw-Whet came to our dock in Bath on Aug 1 and we had a very good boat visit, chat and dinner together. (See Saw-Whet at Bath) A Saw-Whet is a type of owl! They left this morning. A couple of photos are attached. Dave Shaw is the one on the left. (See Dave and Ed) Although the boat is registered in Detroit, Dave keeps her at Leamington, Ontario. Dave & Ed live near Toledo, Ohio. Dave said he will get some digital photos of the boat to you some time! The boat is very well finished inside and the deck has been beautifully refinished. Regards, David Salter (s/v Opportunity)

March 13, 2006 Dear Lester, I’m still working my way back from Katrina. My mast was destroyed. The new one should be here soon. Thanks for your help with my hull number. A. David Marshall. (s/v Estrellita) Dog River, Mobile, Alabama

December 27, 2005 Hi Lester. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The boat made it on wheels to Beaufort NC and is safely stored at Bock Marine on the ICW. I will be returning there next month to build in 4 new golfcart batteries under the floor in the P/H; install the Ham radio ; fit another Autoprop (ours was too large for the Yanmar 3 GM 30 F); fit the Hydrovane steering system we picked up on eBay and a million other things . Ruth will join me in February. We have been contacted by Paul and Christine Melanson on s/v Quintana.......they are wintering in Annapolis .As they intend crossing to the Med. in May in the company of some other yachts we have decided to tag along instead of joining the ARC 2006...thus some cash for much needed gear. I am still looking for a life raft or flotation bags, a Parachute anchor, solar panels, and a spinnaker pole. That staysail boom and its pedestal are sitting in my garage in Mississauga ,Ontario ! We will keep you posted .......also on Cheers, Ruth and Jeremy (s/v Pelican)

December 5, 2005 Dear Lester: We noticed that we are on your mailing list, but I'm not sure how much you know about us, or if we are actually members. I bought my Corbin 39 in 1995 (actually, the first one ever made, according to Marius), in Ft. Lauderdale, and sailed it throughout the Caribbean and Central America before meeting my partner, Mike, in 2002. Then, we sailed our boat (Dolphin Spirit) from Pt. Vallarta, Mexico, to New Zealand. We ran into several other Corbins on the way, too! Although we are currently in the Virgin Islands working on a yacht , our boat is in Fiji, awaiting our return. Thanks for the updates, and we look forward to meeting more Corbin owners along the way! Marianne Gardner (s/v Dolphin Spirit)

November 6, 2005 Things have moved fast here.....I am now married to a charming "young" thing named Ruth, who wants to cross oceans with me! We have a website.... the boat is in process of being renamed Two Pelicans !! Hey,one pelican gets lonely eh? In three weeks or so two pelicans will be unloaded in Beaufort NC, where Ruth and I will get her ready, rig her and launch her before heading back here to Mississauga for the holidays. I will be back in Beaufort early January to get ready to depart for the Bahamas with Ruth. Our plan is to join the ARC 2006 and spend a few years cruising the Mediterranean. All the best, jeremy and Ruth. (s/v Pelican 1)

October 11, 2005 Lester, After initially exchanging emails with Collin Harty in 2002 we finally managed to arrange a visit. On our return from the Annapolis Boat Show last week we made a 100 mile detour into N. Connecticut and met up with Collin and Galene! The countryside is beautiful there but the very heavy rain made driving tedious. Collin has an amazing setup and his naval architectural drawings are very professional. The complexity of his work is mind boggling but the interior of the boat is taking shape and his glass work is impeccable. We chatted for about 2 hours and passed on some ideas from our project. I think he still has a few years to go! Regards, David (s/v Opportunity)

August 7, 2005 I met with Doug Koger and Jane Alexander (from Wappinger Falls, NY) aboard their “Hanna” in Marmaris, Turkey. Best regards, Peter Voges (s/v Escapade)

June 26, 2005 Hi, Greetings from"Hanna", also in Turkey. We just came back to her after 10 months of working in NC. There is another Corbin, "Escapade" here in Marmaris, but the owners are not on board. I don't know if they are on your list or not. The pirate incident related has been reported first hand in at least 3 places, if anyone wants more detail from the two yachts involved. We first saw it on Jimmy Cornell's website, Also in a recent SSCA bulletin, probably April and in a recent issue of Cruising World or Sail magazine. Again, April or May issue. Wishing Fair Winds to all. Jan & Doug (s/v Hanna)

June 24, 2005 Balmacara is in Turkey. It took us five long months to get across the Indian Ocean and up the Red Sea. What a trip! We are currently located in the US, visiting family. We’ll be here for some time. Balmacara will sit in Turkey, drying out her bottom Richard & Kathy Bacon (s/v Balmacara)

February 19, 2005 Hi, We are currently sailing in the shallow (less than thirty feet) milky green waters of Phang Nga Bay. While the Bay is not terribly big, it has many shear-sided mountains that rise vertically out of the water. These limestone mountains are small in their diameter as compared to their height. Most of the islands in the bay are uninhabited, offering secluded anchorages under soaring cliffs fringed with jungle. Many of the islands have caves in which we take Therapy into, in order to explore. Most of the caves open up to a small lake with shear sided walls, which are opened to the blue sky. Sometimes the cave is long, giving one an aerie feeling as he paddles his way, using a flashlight whose beacon is eaten up quickly by the cool blackness. Watch your head as the stalactites reach down from the ceiling and touch you. Do not worry about the moaning of the water as your wake laps the limestone walls and the quiet talking you hear is from the bats that you disturb along your way. 2 Extreme is going to spend the year sailing between Thailand and north Malaysia. During the year, we will haul the boat, when I would like to change her propeller. Currently, we are using a three-bladed fixed propeller that is powered by a Perkins 4-108 and a Hurth gearbox. I would like to know what the proper pitch, diameter, and number of blades should be for the most economical operation. I would appreciate the information. Can someone in the club help me out? Thank You Henry and Mattie (S/V 2 Extreme)

January 10, 2005 Hi Lester, Happy new year and all the best to you in the upcoming year. We just returned from a ( cheap ) holiday to Luperon D.R., we chose Luperon mainly to check out the bay and the local " rather large" cruising community, as we hope to stop by there on our way south and one of our friends from our marina winters there ( without a boat ). The bay is very large, VERY well protected as they say and during the last hurricaine that went directly by, only 2 or 3 boats got loose. I'm told that they were unattended and not prepared. They had substantial wind but no real wave action. The living is VERY CHEAP, little or nothing to do with the government. Stay as long as you want, some have been there 6 yrs. others more, others less. Hanging out at the local watering holes we met: Wheelers / Dealers, defrocked priests, deposed dictators, scammers & scammed etc. with a good measure of local ladies of ill repute trolling for business. There were approx. 100 boats there ( no Corbins ) with 3 Canadian boats that came in Thurs. AM from the Turks. I had my handheld VHF and we watched the guided entry into the bay from our " resort " ??? balcony, it was neat. We got a sense of Political / Social higharchy structure there with what appears to be Bruce Van Sant ( Gentleman's Guide to Passages South ) ( we bought his autographed book ) ( GOOD read ) at the top with Mike Donovan ( a de facto Harbour Master ) next, then down the food chain. Everyone seems to watch who talks and hangs out with whom....I guess once you got a community like this it eventually evolves this way, anywhere.... No real facilities to speak of, virtually no parts locally, and shipping is VERY expensive and only to Santo Domingo so a lot of the boats have fallen into disrepair some looked like total derelicts. The water does NOT move much, if any, it's brown, and with all the discharge going on swimming off your boat is out of the question. I just thought I share " my " view and our experiences with you. Best regards, Frank Bryant, (s/v Visitant)

December 20, 2004 Hi Lester. We are about to depart Thailand for the Med. We will be making stops in Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Oman. We will join up with other boats in Oman to travel through the Pirate waters in rout to the Red sea. We will go up the west shore of the Red Sea while making stops in Eritrea, Sudan, and Egypt. We hope to pass through the Suez Canal in late April and head for Turkey. We will make a decision on what's next when we complete our 5400 mile journey to Turkey. I have been working hard to get Balmacara in top shape for this leg of our travels. She has a rebuilt transmition and a new main sail. I will keep you posted. Richard Bacon, (s/v Balmacara)

December 18, 2004 Hi friends, After having left Corail in Trinidad and spent the summer in Quebec, we have been visiting Venezuela, since October. We are presently in Los Roques offshore of Caracas. This is a huge marine park, 28 x 50 km. Indeed this is a humongous lagoon of coral reefs, small islands and deserted beeches. It is a paradise for diving snorkeling and swimming in shallow and warm (30C) waters. We are not sure about our future plans anymore. If we keep liking it here, we may stay a whole year in Venez. and the ABC islands which are also offshore of this country. There are also many other options... Hoping that you are all well and wishing to see you soon; take care, best wishes, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Carmen & Claude (s/v Corail IV in South America)

November 27, 2004 Hi Lester, I just sailed across the Atlantic this year on my boat. Jack Iron is in Lisbon and I am getting ready to head into the Med and then back to the Caribbean. Currently the boat is on the hard and I plan to fly back in June. My new address for your records is 124 Greenlawn Drive, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087 Thanks, KENT DUDLEY (s/v Jack Iron)

October 11, 2004 Hi Lester, Just saying hello from Peniche, Portugal. As proof that Corbins are not slow, I'm sending a picture of Jakatar in its first regatta. (See Regatta) I crossed the starting line last but soon overtook everyone except a Beneteau First. A new bottom job didn't hurt either. Cheers, Horatio (s/v Jakatar)

October 10, 2004 JEREMY, SEE BELOW. Lester Helmus for the Corbin 39 Owners Group [Original Message] > From: The Limey's "<> > To: Lester Helmus "<> > Date: 10/10/2004 9:38:47 AM
Subject: Update

Hi Lester. How are you? I'M AS FINE AS A 75 YEAR-OLD CAN BE. Good summer? I have been busy refinishing the exterior > woodwork. I have had to replace an old manual charger.We now have a Heart 1000 Inverter/charger...the old house batteries will be replaced this winter with 4 6volt golf cart batteries in a new storage box under the pilothouse floor. The mast will be refitted this winter and rewired with tinned wire. I dont have time to rewire the entire boat before our planned departure next summer.I intend to seal all terminals in junction boxes.....if anyone has any advice it would be appreciated. NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN. I LIKE THE NEW 6 OR 12 JUNCTION "BOXES" FROM THAT MAJOR COMPANY, IN GLASS FUSES OR AUTO FUSES. ARE CLOSED, BUT NOT WATERTIGHT, WITH LABELS FOR EACH CIRCUIT.
I have to install a water tank under the saloon floor...quite a task...the previous owner used flexible tanks under the settee berths! I have to haul in the spring to install a V strut (existing single leg strut isnt strong enough for the autoprop) I will replace some hull valves at this time too.. A debate is raging over whether to move the Radar from its pole aft to a mounting on the mast above the spreaders. Any suggestions? PROS: HIGHER UP WITH FARTHER VISIBILITY. NEATER ARRANGEMENT THAN ON A POLE. CONS: JIB WILL CHAFE ON RADAR. NO INCLINATION FEATURE. (I
I am concerned about the rudder after reading about the incident last year. Any info on a fix would be welcome...if it is necessary. I WOULD RUN A WIRE INSIDE BOAT FROM RUDDER SHAFT TO BOLT ON WIND VANE, THENCE TO A ZINC IN THE WATER . I have considered removing all the glass; building a web frame, as in a wing section and plating it with stainless steel. Lastly, I have to install Windvane self steering. Which units seem to be the best for our stern configuration? If you have any suggestions I would appreciate them. A. LOOK AT WWW.BUILDING GALENE.COM (ALSO A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE'S HOMEPAGE) FOR ONE IDEA. B. I HAVE A MONITOR. C. IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN EMERGENCY TILLER SETUP, THEN GO WITH AN AUXILLIARY RUDDER. D. STAY AWAY FROM "HYDROVANE", WHICH REQUIRES A PERFECTLY BALANCED BOAT AT ALL TIMES!
Next summer we plan to cross the Atlantic by way of Bermuda and the Azores,which frankly has my a little nervous as my ocean experience is limited to my days in the British Submarine Service !! BERMUDA CROSSING IS TOO FAR SOUTH!!!! CONTACT CLAUDE GAGNON FOR ADVICE. ALSO READ MY "NEWS FROM THE VOYAGERS" PAGE. SEVERAL OF OUR CLUB MEMBERS HAVE MADE THE TRIP. jeremy (s/v Pelican)

September 13, 2004 (Also see )

Hi. We left Lovina Beach, Bali (Lat 08 09 Lon 115 01) and its thousand and one Hindu Temples at nine thirty yesterday morning and are on our way to Kalimantan (Borneo)(Lat 02 44 Lon 111 43) to play with the Crocodiles, Gibbons, Black faced monkeys, and Orangutan's. We pulled into a calm anchorage at four AM this morning for a rest, and we will set sail at ten PM tonight heading 170 miles to the next anchorage. Henry and Mattie (S/V 2Extreme)

September 11, 2004 Hi Lester, Just a short note to let you know we're underway. We sailed from Puerto de Santa Maria via Gibraltar along the spanish coast to the Balearics and are presently in Menorca (Mahon) where we plan to spend the winter after exploring the Islands some more. Best regards. Gerry and Brigitte, (s/v Octopus 1)

March 16, 2004 Hi Lester, Romana's back home.We had a great trip from Nova Scotia, along the eastern US to spend the winter in the Bahamas. We've been back at work since last June. I still love your site! You can post my email address if you like. ( ) Romana suffered some damage when hurricane Juan hit our area. We will be painting her this spring. I am wondering if you could post a question for me. I am thinking of painting the topsides white with a dark blue stripe. Have people had problems with dark stripes causing cracks due to some kind of temperature effects? In looking at the photos, I see that quite a few boats have dark stripes. Take care, Dave Lundin, (s/v Romana)
[Editor's Note: Cracking within the "cove stripe" occurs when the boat is in a slip and one side always faces South. The direct rays of the sun heats the dark band of color to the cracking point.]

March 16, 2004 Hi Les, I just sent you an email by mistake. My email address is and I wanted to see if my account is working again. We've taken Moonshadow to the Abacos and are having a great winter. Currently the boat is in Marsh Harbour, but my wife and I came back to New Jersey on family business. We've been living full time on Moonshadow since September and she is performing great. We hope to be back in the Bahamas next week. Hope you are doing well, Bill Schwartz (s/v Moonshadow)

January 21, 2004 Hi Lester, We are travelling now. All the family is aboard our Vééliserdi. And we appreciate this wonderful boat. We expect to travel for about three or more years. Now, we are heading Venezuela. But, with this travel, we can not verify our Hotmail mailbox very often. It is getting full very fast and we are scare to loose mail. I would like to ask you to pause for a while of sending us E-mail. Sometime we don't verify our Hotmail for a month. So the box is full. I always appreciate your web site and I will send you information if I can. It is always interesting to know the move and the news of the Corbin's community.Sorry for that request, I hope you understand. I will promptly advise you for receiving your news as soon as we will be back home. Thank you, Serge Charbonneau and Diane Messier happy owner of the hull 150 (s/v Véliserdi)

January 6, 2004 We left Vancouver in Sept 1999 and are presently in Bundaberg Australia. Ian and Liz Stokie, (s/v Merida)

December 26, 2003 Hi Lester, Yes, we are perfectly OK and have arrived in Barbados after a 16 days crossing from Cape Verde. It was a wonderful and easy crossing, the kind you dream of and read about in the story books. I must limit my message size to 15K because of the slow speed of HF transmission but normally I am advised of a returned message.... Having a wonderful time here relearning to live lavishly again! Have a great Holiday period and best regards, Claude,(s/v Corail IV )

December 13, 2003 Hi friends, Tomorrow, Sunday, we will be in Bridgetown, Barbados, having completed our 2100 nautical miles crossing from Cape Verde. For us , this will be a very different Holiday period with no shopping, no family parties, no Santa Claus, no snow and no decorations. We will be with Marie-Claude, our daughter, to enjoy the sun, to snorkel, dive & swim in 30C water and to visit the Island. We wish we could have you with us to enjoy it all! We also wish you a very Merry Christmas, a great Holiday period and an Excellent and Happy 2004 with the good health and all & all. Carmen & Claude Gagnon En route Cape Verde to Barbados Aboard Corail IV

December 4, 2003 Hi, Our crossing, only the two of us, has been underway since 28 Nov. and, tomorrow already, we will be half way there. If we maintain current speed, which is not likely, we will have completed it in 14 1/2 days. Will settle for 16, as hoped. we should be in Bridgetown, Barbados, in plenty of time (17 dec.) to host our daughter who offered us the nice gift of joining us for Christmas. But, nature will decide as quite a few things can happen during 10 days offshore as we have well seen in the spring. Things are going very well except that the skipper no longer allows me to fish. Have been generally lucky of late, but 3 days ago we got a 20-25 lbs tuna! Needless to say what we been having 2-3 time/day... and she said " enough is enough!" Tough life! Take care & best regards, Carmen & Claude (Aboard Corail IV) half way between Africa and the Americas

November 24, 2003 I am the second Owner. Sue and I bought Whaleback in June 2000 and have sailed her extensively in the Northeast and lived aboard her on and off since the purchase. Whaleback's home is in Marina Bay, Quincy (Boston). Tentative plans now is to head out next Fall toward the Bahamas, and points South.Tim O'Neil (s/v Whaleback)

November 23, 2003 I have tried to contact you both on 4417 Khz, USB, at 1145 universal time. But I guess we have been all very busy. We are presently in Praia de Santiago to complete the paperwork to leave the country. Will be sailing tomorrow night to Brava Island where we will do the final preparations to undertake our crossing to Barbados, probably Friday, 28 Nov.. Will go to Trinidad/Tobago a bit later as we hope our daughters will be able to join us in Barbados for the Christmas period. Once offshore, will try to contact you at the same time, but on 13 970 USB. Take care and fair winds, Carmen & Claude (s/v Corail IV )

November 2, 2003 Hi. We have arrived in Australia after a ten day passage from Vanuatu. The trip was very pleasant, light winds for the first few days, gale force winds for a night, finally settling down to a good beam reach. Henry and Mattie (S/V 2Extreme)

October 18, 2003 The ship is presently at Rock Hall, MD. We will leave Montrééal begining of November and travel from MD to Florida on ICW. Our intention is to stay in Florida until March 2004 and afterwards cross the Atlantic to Acores and Portugal in may/june 2004. Philippe is from Canada and Bruno from Switzerland. We will live on the boat for the next two years. We shall not fail to give you further information as we travel. (s/v Coochi)

October 16, 2003 Hi Lester. We sailed across from Nova Scotia to southern Spain this past summer. Best regards, Gerry Stuurop (s/v Octopus I)

October 13, 2003 My son is living aboard Rhum Punch and working in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia at the moment while I take care of my business in Toronto, Canada. We spent a couple of weeks sailing together out on the Great Barrier Reef last March and the plan is to sail/explore around the north coast of Australia in 2004. I would be happy to help anyone looking for advice regarding Panama and South Pacific cruising. A couple who crewed for me from Panama to Tahiti kept a log and have it online at Also my son posted a MSN Communities page on the voyage which can be found at I will get some photos together to send to you for posting. I see there are not many Center Cockpits represented at the moment so we can help fix that. I will be back with answers to some of the posted questions. Thank you once again - this is a great service to Corbin owners and I for one certainly appreciate it. Regards, Alan Hand. (s/v Rhum Punch)

October 7, 2003 Hi, Lester. This is what we are up to. Balmacara is in Singapore. We departed Brisbane, Australia in early May. Our destination is Phuket Thailand where we will hang out for about a year. We stayed inside the Great Barrier Reef as we traveled up the east coast of OZ. Many long day trips. If I had to do it again I would go outside the Reef and make a stop in the Louisiade Islands of Papua, New Guinea and then go to the Torres Straits. Our trip across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Darwin was a wild one. They should call Carpentaria the gulf of maytag. After some land travel in Northern Australia we headed out on a motor boat ride for Indonesia. We made landfall in Kupang on the Island of Timor. Stops where made on about 12 islands as we traveled through Indonesia to Singapore. We were very apprehensive about traveling through Indonesia from a personal safety standpoint but we can now report that all of our contacts with local Indonesians were very positive. Indonesia is a fascinating part of the world. You have to be on your toes when traveling at night. There are many unlighted fishing boats and local shipping vessels that had light configurations that we had never seen before. There were times when we were dealing with 40 to 50 boats an hour. We had three major near misses that we will remember for a long time. That's it for now. Richard Bacon (s/v Balmacara)

October 3, 2003 Hi, Hope you are all well. Please keep sending some news; we will always have plenty of energy to receive your messages. After sailing the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary islands, we are now on our way to the Cape Verde Islands. We are now in our seventh day of sailing from La Palma, Canary. We should arrive in Sal, Cape Verde, in 3-4 days. The Azores are great; we like them the best. We certainly hope to be back there some day. But we have no choice now; we have to go by the Caribbean first to get there; tough luck! Nature calls. Madeira islands are so so. This is a beautiful place, but sailors are not really welcome there. We have shortened our stay as people are not friendly, at least towards us bluewater cruisers. The Canaries are Europe with all its luxuries and European tourists. They are beautiful islands and are inhabited by wonderful friendly people. They are islands of great contrasts, people wise and nature wise. All at the same time - desertic, volcanic and tropical with exotic fruits and rare plants. Too bad we do not speak Spanish. The present crossing is certainly the best so far. All is going well, we are feeling great, even Carmen is getting to like it. I must say that conditions have been so far ideal. As an example, present sailing conditions are: T'ure: 28 C (was 26 last night); Sky: not a cloud on the horizon; Water T'ure: 27.2 ( yes, we are offshore!); Wind: 15 knots NNE ; Sails: Running wing to wing; Bearing: 205 deg ; Speed: 5.8 knots ; Sea: Waves 1-2 meters but long at around 10 seconds . This is the best part. As you can see, this is just like in the children story books... We are now looking forward to discovering Cape Verde. Will keep you posted, Best regards, Carmen & Claude (s/v Corail IV )

Sept. 15, 2003 We're heading the boat south to Florida and the Bahamas mid September and will keep you posted. Thanks, Bill Schwartz (s/v Moonshadow)

September 13, 2003 Hi, Here is Corail standing well covered and protected in Santa Cruz de La Palma. With the newly completed African Queen, thanks to you Gary, its 3 anchors and a line to the shore (also used for the dinghy dock) , we should be able to spent plenty of time ashore without worrying too much! La Palma is renowned for its beauty and superb hiking trails. Unfortunately it is also known for its lack of facility for cruisers; thus the complex setup. We plan to stay for at least 2 weeks. Carmen & Claude (s/v Corail IV)

July 21, 2003 We are anchored in 25 feet of water on the north side of naviti island in fiji. it is a gray, rainy, brisk, new england type of day. mattie is baking oatmeal cookies and i just returned from snorkeling on one of the most beautiful reefs that i have ever seen. the colors of the coral were magnificent. i swam into a school of squid. we know them as bait fish, but their coloring is very different when they are alive - very bright and iridescent. the villages on these reef encrusted outer islands are small and quaint. the houses are made of palm leaves woven in a fashion with thatched roofs. basically they are one large room with very little furniture. the natives sleep and eat on the floor. cooking is done on open fires outside the dwelling. the outhouse is in the back. there is running water from a hose pipe located in a few places throughout the village. that is where the washing of dishes, clothing, etc is done. some of the villages have a small generator which the natives can plug into with an extension cord if they need electricity and if there is fuel to put into the generator. no, i have not seen any refrigeration on the islands. no stores either. there are breadfruit, banana, mango, and lemon trees. the natives here are black and very friendly. however, it was a little unnerving to be awoken at five in the morning to the sounds of a beating drum from within the tree line on shore. yes, the natives send their information through the air by the use of a six foot hollowed-out log on which they beat out the message. even church was announced with the drum. the church service was long with lovely singing from the choir and fire and brimstone from the preacher who wore a jacket, tie, and a skirt. yes, many of the native men wear skirts. henry and mattie (s/v 2 extreme

July 5, 2003 hi, 2 extreme is back on the go after three weeks on the hard. we had to replace the old rudder which broke it's 1 7/8 shaft just as it left the top of the rudder and entered the boat. upon inspection the shaft had been sleeved before and the break was due to electrolysis. i would like to thank my father and my brother-in law richy for putting me in touch with lester and the corbin family. lester put me in touch with many other corbin owners who forwarded me information about the rudder design. eileen and david salter faxed me the drawings of the steel work of a corbin rudder. harry and jane of s/v cormorant brought me line drawings of the corbin profile. i can not say too much about the help we received in a time of need that we got from the family and new friends. the new rudder is made from 316 s.s. frame with 3/4 marine plywood bolted on. it was then filled and covered with west epoxies, and roving fiberglass. i bolted a zinc to the bottom of the rudder shoe; however, i could not figure a good way to put a zinc on the rudder shaft itself. with a new bottom job we splashed back in the water last monday. we left vunda point on friday and motored to musket cove, where we are presently. we are planning on threading our way north up the yasawa islands into the outback of fiji in the next few weeks before heading to vanuatu. thanks again. henry and mattie mcalarney (s/v 2 extreme)

July 2, 2003 Hi, We have now successfully completed our first Atlantic crossing and are "trying" to rest in the Azores. The crossing was somewhat eventful as during the 15 days, we got hit by 7 lows including 4 of them which actually did beat us around a little bit. So we had a "Fiesta de D?pressions". But, we came out all right with nobody sick or hurt badly; just a few bruises to us and the boat. We have gained some interesting lessons and experience like running for a short while under "bare poles" in 48-50 knots wind and 25-30' seas. We also saw the boomed staysail break away from the inner stay and fly up around the radar at the first spreader level! In this case I was on watch and did make a few stupid mistakes... It was again blowing over 42 kn. We have now been in the Azores for 2 weeks; one in Flores, a magnificent island with extraordinary people. This is a must stop for anyone coming this way. The last week was spent in Horta where sailors from all over the world constantly converge and leave from. It is quite special to be sitting in an overloaded 300 boats marina, knowing that each and every one of these boats has achieved at least one major crossing and that the crew has not only something to tell but also to teach us. We are now resting in a small secluded port in Pico and, as we are the only sailboat around, giving our liver a break! Best regards, Carmen & Claude Gagnon (s/v Corail IV)



June 4, 2003 at 8:43 PM Henry, You should prepare some alternate methods of steering. 1. A drogue, even a line tied to a bucket may help to steer while sailing. 2. A rudder, fashioned from a whisker pole attached to a board from under a bunk, could steer while motoring. Tie the pole to the base of a stern stanchion. Good luck Lester

June 4, 2003 at 6:35 AM Henry, I will get right on this. Hang in. Good luck. Lester


June 2, 2003 Hi, We left Rhode Island this morning for our crossing to the Azores. A great first day; just like the dream... Carmen & Claude (s/v Corail IV )

April 15, 2003 The boat will be launched in July and we will test sail her for the month, then it's off to the US, Bahamas, Cuba this year. After that, we're off to Europe.Paul Melanson (s/v Quintana in PEI, Canada)

March 6, 2003 hi Lester, You guessed right! We are leaving end of May for our first transat. Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Cape Verde etc... We will take the next 2 years to complete the tour of the North Atlantic Islands and experience the real cruising life aboard. Thanks for inquiring about our daughter. She is not doing so well, but we are doing everything we can and being close will not help any more... We hope for the best. As for meeting you and Insouciance in California we will talk about it when we complete this tour. All the best and thanks for the offer, Claude Gagnon (s/v Corail IV in Rhode Island)

December 27, 2002 The Corbin website is great. A fellow stopped by our boat in Mooloolaba Australia with a request to see our boat. He has been shopping for a Corbin but had never seen one up close. He told me about the Corbin web site. Where have I been? As a Corbin advocate its fun to find some folks with similar interests. We have been in the Pacific for about six years. We started with a trip to Alaska and then Mexico. We have visited many island groups in the Pacific. We were in New Zealand for about eighteen months and are doing the same in Australia now. The next leg of our trip will start in March when we will head for Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The next leg presents a lot of concerns but many of the boats that will be going that way are talking to each other about potential problems. Most of us will be traveling in the company with other boats. There is comfort in knowing we are travelling in a Corbin. Richard Bacon, (on s/v Balmacara in Australia) [Ed. Note: Balmacara is a Mark I Corbin which has successfully circumnavigated the world.]

October 2, 2002 I departed from Port Dover, Lake Erie, to Buffalo and through the Erie Barge Canal. [See Pic 1 ] Then we motored down the Hudson, stepped the mast at a do-it-youself hand-crank crane at the first marina past the last low bridge. The trip along the canal was magnificent. We went through 42 locks and actually crossed a mountain with a valley view. It took 11 days to get to New York. I now think of all the motorboaters sitting at the marina all summer drinking beer and wonder why nobody goes cruising through the canals. The Welland canal goes all the way up to Montreal, Quebec city and the Atlantic. That alone would be a hell of a trip.All they have to do is turn the ignition key and go. I probably wouldn't have thought of it either or perhaps the fuel bill is somewhat of a daunting prospect. I completed the Atlantic crossing [eastward] on August 5. Jakatar lived up to the Corbin reputation. We got hit with 25 foot waves, luckily going in our direction. We ran with it and the boat handled it beautifully with just the staysail. The crew down below always thought the storm had let up - it was almost peaceful down there - until they stuck their heads out of the companionway and saw the walls of water. Amazingly we hardly got splashed. In the second smaller storm (more like a real hard blow) near the Portuguese shore, an unsually large wave broke into Jakatar's port side. It hit us like a freight train and rammed the boat at almost 90ºº. It cracked one of the small windows along the hull (I never though that could be possible), snapped the staysail boom in half and filled the cockpit with water. Luckily I was harnessed. But the boat sprang back up without a complaint. We promptly ditched the idea of heading for the Tagus estuary and headed out to sea where it's safe. Now I look at boats with large pilothouse windows and think...don't go offshore. On the negative side, at 23,000 lbs +, a hefty load, Jakatar sputtered in light winds where lighter boats would probably make good speed. I'm now based in Peniche, Portugal. Best regards, Horatio Marteleira (s/v Jakatar) [Ed. Note: Jakatar is a Mark I Corbin which has successfully made an ocean crossing.]

August 13, 2002 The update should be coming soon. Cormorant is undergoing work in New Zealand and will soon be sailing. See article and Cormorant website.

July 24, 2002 "Thanks for the introduction. Here's a quick rundown on what's in our plans. We have just returned from the Caribbean, where we spent 2 years cruising the Islands on a Hughes 35. We wanted to go farther and more comfortably so we started looking for a heavier and bigger boat. We looked at steel boats mostly, for their strength and comfort, and also two fiberglass boats, the Valiant 40 and the Corbin 39. And as you all know, we bought a Corbin. 'Quintana Grande', our Corbin (named in honor of our Hughes 35 'Quintana'), is in need of much work. We plan on fixing it up and leaving for a Caribbean shakedown cruise next year. Then after the shakedown we'll do whatever we find lacking and head out for our circumnavigation via the 5 great capes. That's our story. Glad to see there is a wealth of information out there and a fine support group for this vessel." Paul Melanson (s/v Quintana Grande in PEI, Canada)

June 16, 2002 "Hi. I am Claude, owner of Corail IV, sailing in the COLD Gulf of Saint Lawrence waters. I think I have sent pictures of my boat to the website webmaster. If you are interested, maybe you could get some from him as I do not have internet access on board. Best regards and good luck." Claude Gagnon (s/v Corail IV)

May 26, 2002 "Hi Lester. Sorry about taking so long to give you the serial number. I live in Portugal and my boat is in Canada. I had Jakatar surveyed for insurance purposes for the crossing. The boat is almost fully equipped now and we'll be leaving for the Erie Canal, New York, Azores and Portugal some time in late May / early June. I'll send pictures then, one of the crew has a digital camera. Best regards." Horacio Marteleira (s/v Jakatar)

Feb 2, 2002 Our plan this year is to spend the summer in the Maritimes (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick coasts), the fall, down the New England coast and to finally winter in the Cheasapeake Bay. Next year, we will probably cross the Atalntic to spend at least a year in the Mediterranean. We will then complete our North Atlantic tour by crossing again from the African coast towards South America and back home. Claude Gagnon (s/v Corail IV)

Jan 2, 2002 Thank you for keeping the website alive. You reached me in the Cabo Verde Islands. ESCAPADE will stay here for a month before I cross over to Brazil. I have been sailing alone from Agua Dulce, Spain via Gibraltar, Santo Porto, Madeira, La Gracciosa, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. All very fast and enjoyable except for the last voyage to Mindelo, Sao Vincente, when I had decent wind for three days followed by almost four days of no wind and additional three days of wind exactly on the nose. I sailed almost 1400 NM for actual 800 NM distance in 15 days. Best regards, Peter Voges, (s/v Escapade) [Ed.Note: Escapade is a Mark I Corbin, which has successfully crossed an ocean and sailed many bluewater miles.]