1981, Corbin 39 Pilothouse Cutter

Corbin 39 Pilothouse Cutter1981 SOLD



  • Year: 1981
  • Length: 39'
  • Price: 78900.00
  • Located in Cruising,
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • YW# 2764327

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For anyone who has ever lusted after a boat that has been completely re-wired and refit to the standards of electrical and mechanical systems guru Nigel Calder, BRIGHT EYES is your dream come true. Since buying her in 2006, virtually everything on this rugged offshore cutter has been replaced by her knowledgeable owner, including her engine, electrical wiring, fuel tanks, sails, standing and running rigging, refrigeration, plumbing, electronics and ground tackle. The result is a boat that has safely and reliably carried the owner and his wife as far north as the Chesapeake Bay and the Hudson River to Albany, N.Y., south to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas, and on to the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands, Martinique, Guatemala and Venezuela, to name just a few of their many destinations. Now back stateside, BRIGHT EYES is offered for sale. Her Volvo D2-55-D 55 hp 4-cylinder naturally aspirated diesel engine has been meticulously maintained, has just 2,168 hours, and fires up immediately with just one push of the starter. Her electrical system is fully redundant, with extensive monitoring capabilities, and includes 640 watts of solar. There's even reverse-cycle air conditioning. Best yet, BRIGHT EYES is the coveted Pilothouse model of the Corbin 39, with a full inside steering station in addition to the outside helm. Should your plans have you heading south this winter (or even north, for that matter), BRIGHT EYES should be on your short list of boats to evaluate, as just about everything you could have done yourself has already been done for you.


Designer: Robert Dufour


length Overall: 39.00 ft
Length Waterline: 32.50 ft
Max Draft: 5.83 ft
Displacement Measure: 22800.00 lb
Ballast Weight Measure: 9000.00 lb
Bridge Clearance Measure:56.00 ft
Beam Measure: 12.17 ft


Engine Brand:Volvo
Engine Model:D2-55-D
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Hours: 2168
Engine Power:55|horsepower


Fresh Water Tanks:1(90 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1(110 Gallons)

Corbin 39 Construction

Anyone who has sailed a Corbin 39 knows that these boats are nothing if not overbuilt. Builder Marius Corbin took a time-tested, canoe-stern, flush-deck Dufour Yacht design, used Airex coring in the hull to achieve high impact strength, and then tripled and quadrupled the hull thickness through the center and keel portions of the hull. The sides of the keel and the turn of the bilge incorporate 21 layers of hand-laminated fiberglass, ten of which consists of 24 oz. woven roving. Eight layers of alternating 1.5 oz. mat and 24 oz. roving seal the inside of the boat from the lead installed in the keel. Instead of a liner, Corbin used six structural bulkheads laminated on both sides to the hull and deck. Solid mahogany, mahogany plywood and Burma teak are used in the factory-finished interior, the chain plates are oversized 316 stainless steel, and all deck hatches are double-framed.

  • 6 coats of Awlgrip paint to hull and topsides (during 2006-2008 refit)
  • Removed all teak decking (during 2006-2008 refit), routed each fitting hole, backfilled and sealed with epoxy, and painted


BRIGHT EYES'' forward cabin serves as the owner''s stateroom. Its pullman-style berth is to starboard, and provides secure sleeping arrangements even in a seaway. There''s a dressing bench to port, and storage ventilation is achieved with natural colored rattan inserts in the cabinets. A door provides privacy, as well as access to a cedar-lined hanging locker opposite the head compartment. In the salon, there''s a settee to port, and a settee to starboard (with outboard pilot berth), both of which convert into berths, as does a settee in the pilothouse and a double quarter-berth immediately behind the inside steering station. A substantial dropleaf table mounted at midline can handle up to six ddiners comfortably, and contains a China locker. Headroom is generous by any standard, and ranges from 6''3" to 6''6".

  • Six opening ports
  • Six overhead opening hatches 
  • Seven pilothouse windows w/safety glass (new 2014)
  • Five overhead Nicro vents
  • 5 12v cabin fans
  • Mermaid 5200 Btu reverse-cycle air conditioning
  • New interior foam cushions and reupholstery (2013)
  • Enclosed head, washbasin, showerhead
  • Low-draw flourescent and LED light fixtures
  • Vizio 28-inch flat screen with surround sound and Blue Ray DVD


  • Engel front-opening AC/DC refrigeration 
  • 2.5 cu. ft. top-opening freezer capable of maintaining 18 degrees F. temperature
  • Hamilton Beach microwave (new 2014)
  • Amana 3-burner propane stove/oven
  • Topside propane locker with 2 x 10 lbs. aluminum tanks (new 2014)
  • Propane solenoid
  • Double stainless steel sinks
  • Tile countertop
  • Hot & cold pressure fresh water to sinks
  • 7-gallon 1500-watt hot water tank
  • Ambient pressure sea water to sinks
  • Sinks drain direct to overboard with macerator pump


  • All electrical wiring removed and boat entirely re-wired during 2006-2008 refitting
  • Bogart Engineering systems monitor -- connects to laptop (not included) via USB to provide running record of voltage/amp hours/current/watts/solar discharge
  • 2 solar panels totaling 640 watts of output
  • Pulse-width solar controller
  • MPPT solar controller
  • 1500-watt Xantrex charger/inverter
  • 2500-watt inverter
  • 40-amp TruCharge
  • Honda 2000 generator capable of running reverse-cycle air conditioning while putting 90 amps into battery banks
  • 9 115v GFCI outlets
  • Mermaid 5200 Btu reverse cycle air conditioning
  • 2 30-amp shorepower cords, one 30 feet and the other 60 feet
  • 30-amp to 15-amp adapter for generator
  • Two battery banks, consisting of 4 x T-105 type in Bank # 1, and 8 x T-105 type in bank #2
  • Reserve 12v gel battery isolated for emergency use
  • Triple aught electrical cable running length of boat with dedicated fuse panel for Lofrans 1200 Tigres electric windlass


  • Raymarine C80 color GPS chartplotter (pilothouse) serves as both GPS and display for Sirius satellite weather graphics
  • Navionics cartography for U.S. East Coast through Caribbean
  • Raytheon R10x CRT raster radar (pilothouse)
  • Garmin 178c GPSmap sounder (pilothouse)
  • Garmin GPSmap 541s (cockpit helm) displays GPS cartography, water temp, speed/depth
  • Raymarine SPX SmartPilot w/S100 remote (new 2010)
  • Raymarine ST60+ wind (cockpit helm)
  • Raymarine ST70+ autopilot display (cockpit helm)
  • Standard Horizon Matrix AIS+ GX2150 w/DSC (separate 3db antenna sends AIS to cockpit helm Garmin 541s)
  • Uniden UM380 VHF w/loudhailer
  • ICOM IC-M600 SSB w/tuner, 12-foot antenna, and bronze ground plane 
  • Sirius SR50 satellite radio and weather
  • Aqua Link PLB (expires 12/05/2015)

Sails & Rigging

  • Strong Sail Track system mounted to mast for improved hoist
  • Doyle Ploch heavy-duty cruising grade sail inventory (new during 2006-2008 refit): fully battened mainsail with Doyle StackPack, staysail, and genoa)
  • All new standing rigging (new 2006-2008) and lifelines
  • Profurl genoa furler (new 2012)
  • 2 x Barlow ST28 2-speed primary winches
  • 2 x Barlow ST23 2-speed secondary winches

Hull, Deck, & Mechanical

  • 2 x 55-gallon fuel tanks, custom fabricated of aluminum and installed below deck under pilothouse companionway ladder (during 2006-2008 refit) with removable "floating" sole for easy access to tanks
  • Separate fuel gauges for each tank
  • 40-gallon fiberglass water tank under port salon settee with one access port
  • 50-gallon fiberglass water tank under starboard salon settee with two access ports
  • 22-gallon poly holding tank under forward cabin berth with Y-valve and macerator for either overboard discharge or deck shoreside pumpout
  • Manual bilge pump from cockpit
  • 800 GPH electric bilge pump under engine bilge
  • 1200 GPH electric bilge pump under salon sole plus 800 GPH electric bilge pump with high water alarm
  • New dodger (2012) with window covering
  • Solar panels serve as bimini
  • Backup canvas bimini
  • Lifesling
  • Lofrans Tigres 1200 electric windlass w/foot controls and remote wired control
  • Anchor washdown
  • Manson Supreme primary anchor w/ 220 feet of 5/16 HT all-chain rode
  • 2 x Fortress secondary anchors
  • Mercury 5.0 hp kicker outboard engine
  • Yamaha 15 hp outboard engine
  • Walker Bay 11.5 RIB
  • Hot & cold fresh water cockpit shower
  • Volvo D2-55-D 55 hp 4-cylinder naturally aspirated diesel with electronic start and monitoring from cockpit and pilothouse
  • Engine hours: 2168.5
  • M25L transmission
  • 1 3/8-inch prop shaft
  • PSS dripless shaft seal

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


For additional information or to schedule a showing, please contact Andy Lee, at 904.472.7362  (mobile) or via e-mail at andy.lee@st-barts.com.