as of June 11, 2013
Insouciance is THE boat for liveaboards or for the venturous who want to visit distant exotic islands or to
sail around the world. Ted Brewer rated her favorably as a competent voyager, see Brewer Good Old Boat
The interior living space is huge with ample height for a 6'2" person to stand up in the aft engine room,
pilothouse, galley, and salon. The flush deck provides enormous storage volume below. Above, the flush
deck, wide and long, gives the appearance and convenience of a much larger sailboat.
When you descend from the cockpit you do not enter a dark submarine. You enter a pilothouse which is
light and airy much like the deck saloons in more modern boats
Insouciance has been sailed from San Francisco to New Zealand, to Alaska, and to Costa Rica. I have the
navigation charts to prove it and these charts are included with the boat. Corbins are a bluewater boat,
strong, well built, and anxious to cross oceans. See my website at www.corbin39.com for more information.
Also, let me assure you, I am a reputable seller on eBay, with moniker "Lesterhel" and with excellent
feedback. See my store at myworld.ebay.com/lesterhel .Email me to arrange a viewing appointment.
A. The Boat
Hull and flush deck formed by Corbin Les Bateaux in 1979 at Montreal, Canada. Hull #10. Boat finished by
owner at Livermore, California in 1985..
Commissioned and went into water in 1985. Materials used were excellent.
Registration: Coast Guard, DIN 689476. Homeport: San Francisco, California.
Boat Location: Emeryville, California
LOD: 39'. Beam: 12'. Draft: 5'6". LWL: 32'. Mast height: 60' from waterline (keel stepped).
Displacement: 25,000 lbs.
Ballast: 9200 lbs (encapsulated lead).
Keel: performance design of medium length.
Rudder: attached at bottom to full height skeg.
Hull: substantial layup fiberglass with 3/4” airex core from deck down to water line.
Deck: 1” fiberglass and mahogany marine plywood sandwich. Solid fiberglass in some locations.
Sails: 801 sq ft
Engine: marine diesel.
Fuel: 80 gal diesel
Water: 200 gal
Steering: inside and outside, hydraulic or mechanical
Forward cabin: Berth double w/leecloth, settee (loveseat), escape step, 4-shelves, 3-clothes lockers and 2-
anchor lockers; Holding Tank: 20 gal, (never used), sealed under berth, 12 volt pumpout or via y-valve to a
deck pumpout fitting, .
Head compartment: toilet, sink, large work surface, 6-lockers, hand shower w/shower grating (water drains
to bilge).; the plug valve in the sink seacock needs replacing or repairing, available at Groco, . Deck-
Passageway: 1-shoe shelf, 1-hanging locker w/vertical sliding door, cedar lined, 2-clothes lockers, cedar
Salon: 2-pilot berths w/leecloths; 2-settees; center table w/fold-down extensions w/fiddles; bookcase; 3-
Galley: Force 10 stove w/oven, 3-burners, gimballed, propane; 2-sinks, (the plug valve in the sink
seacock needs replacing, available at Groco, or repair); large work surfaces , 7-drawers; 3-lockers; 1-
tall pantry locker; refrigerator over freezer, Technautics, w/5” insulation, 120 volt compressor, engine
operated PTO w/heat exchanger, (needs work);
washing machine, (needs work), or can be used for work surface and food storage; Propane Control:
Marinetics LPG, in galley, aft bulkhead;
Pilothouse: elevated dinette w/seats for two w/curved backs; RadioShack w/seat and desk; Helmsman
Chair, folding back, with arm rests, and foot rest; Navigation Table: 27" x 27" working surface, w/4
drawers; Sail Bin, outboard of dinette; Heater, kerosene, Force 10.
Engine Room: Starboard Side; workbench, work table, shelves and lockers, Port side, 1-large overhead
shelf, 1-shelf for storing dinghy, Under cockpit: 1- shelf for storing life raft; 1 reel of 5/8" braided nylon; 1
reel of 5/8" 3 strand nylon.
Cockpit: Helmsman Seat: arched, 3" foam w/white vinyl covering; 2-full length cushion seating, customized.
Engine: Volvo, M11C, 2 cylinder, 4 cycle w/decompression levers, 25 HP, diesel, 100 hours since a rebuild;
sea water cooled w/strainer, ground isolation switch; starts easy, runs good, oil pressure at 50 psi and
steady, exhaust is good, and sea water coolant flow is good. Spare impeller and spare fuel pump. Some
rust on engine.
Saildrive: Volvo, 110S, aluminum w/collar anode, spare anodes are supplied. Much rust on flange.
Propellor, 2 blade, fixed, aluminum, 16”, LH rotation.
Control: Morse, single, on pedestal in cockpit.
Instrument panel: Volvo, in pilothouse.
Exhaust: large waterlift.
Fuel Filters: 1 in engine, 2 in parallel prior to engine.
Fuel Pumps: 1 mechanical on engine; 1 electric prior to engine, under PH helmsman seat, atop fuel tank..
Fuel Tank: 80 gal, newly rebuilt 2007, under pilothouse sole, vents overboard.
Windlass: Vetus Tigre (similar to Lofrans Tiger), 12 volt DC; emergency lever crank handle; claw on rope (to
relieve load on gypsy); (needs storage battery, 12 volt, for installation in bow anchor locker); solenoid
Anchors: 1-45# CQR (at bow), 3-Danforths; 1-dinghy grapnel.
Chain: 300' galvanized 3/8” (120' under forward cabin berth connected to 180' under salon sole aft of
50' galvanized 3/8” under pilothouse sole.
Rodes: 50' 3/4” 3 strand nylon w/fasteners; 1 reel of 9/16” braided nylon under cockpit; 1 reel of 9/16” 3-
strand nylon under cockpit.
5. Sailing Equipment
Mast: aluminum, 5”x 10”x 60', 11 mm thick, bottom ten feet has sleeve for double thickness, keel stepped,
internal halyards, white LP paint (needs painting).
Boom: aluminum, 4”x 6”x 16', fixed gooseneck.
Standing Rigging (11 stays): 5/16”& 9/32” SS, 1x19, all with Norseman ends at deck.
Sails (3): 1-Main, dacron, 3 reefs, w/o battens, brown acrilan cover; 1-Yankee, dacron, w/ cover sewn in; 1-
Staysail, dacron, in acrilan bag. All sails in good condition.
Winches: (all self tending and 2 speed); Halyards: Main: Barlow 24, atop PH, for hoisting, reefing,
outhauling, and topping lift; Headsail: Barlow 24, atop PH, for hoisting, reefing, outhauling, and topping
lift; Staysail: Lewmar 8, on starboard side of mast; Sheets: Main, fiddle block on traveler in cockpit; Yankee
2-Barient 28, at cockpit, blocks on tracks at gunwale; Staysail, 2-Barlow 24, at cockpit, blocks on tracks
on deck aft of mast and blocks at gunwales.
Brake: Dutchman: on main boom.
E-Z Jacks: on mast.
Furling: Profurl LCI 32, for headsail on headstay.
Spinnaker Blocks: at aft quarters, 1 needs installation, supplied).
Poles: 1-spinnaker, on deck; 1-headsail, on deck.
Snatch Blocks: 2-staysail, in locker aft of sail bin in PH.
Halyards: main (at PH), headsail (at PH); staysail (at mast); 2-spares, at mast, to top of mast.
Clutches: 6-atop PH.
Organizers: 2-triple sheaves, atop PH.
Running Backstays (2): 1x19 SS cable, w/vangs, 2 knees are available for a chainplate, but one is in reefer.
Running Rigging: 1/2"and 9/16" braided dacron.
Wheels: 28” SS Destroyer in cockpit; 18” wooden spoke in wheelhouse; Hynautics hydraulic steering.
Steering Quadrant: bronze crank arm for hydraulic ram and disconnect for mechanical tiller.
Tiller: heavy duty, for emergency hand and for Monitor steering.
Rudder Post: 1 1/2" Bronze
Gudgeon: Bronze Casting (bottom of skeg to bottom of rudder)
Shore Power Cord: 1-50 ft.
Selector Switches: 1-generator or shore, near PH wheel; 1 for starting and for house batteries, port side of
companionway; 1-starter ground, over engine.
Distribution Panel: Mariner, 3-house AC and 3-house DC circuit switches, in pilothouse, (circuit breakers
AC Outlets: 1-engine room, 1-pilothouse (at nav table, 1-below radioshack desk, 1-in sail bin), 1-salon, 1-
head compartment, and 1-forward cabin.
DC Outlets: 1-pilothouse, 1-forward cabin, 1-on deck.
Solar Panel: 18" x 18", on deck forward of mast, charges battery.
Batteries: 1-Interstate 12 volt for starting engine and for house current.
Charger/Inverter: Exide, 110 amps/2000 watts, under aft dinette, needs proper installation.
Auxilliary Generator: Montgomery Ward, 3000 watts, needs engine belt and testing, portside, aft
pilothouse, under sole.
Autopilot: Autohelm ST 6000, works good.
Windvane: Monitor, SS, w/lines to tiller, 2 wood air vanes under starboard pilot berth.
Tiller: Heavy ash wood, used with Monitor and for emergency steering, fits directly over top of rudder post.
Compasses: Danforth Polyaxial in PH; Danforth Constellation in cockpit pedestal.
GPS: Magellan 2000, at PH windshield.
Anchor light: at masthead (needs work).
Tricolor light: at masthead (needs work)
Running light (Steaming light): new in box at starboard settee, (needs installation)..
8. Water System:
Tanks (5), 200 gals: 2-50 gal under salon settees; 1-under galley sink sole; 1-under stb fwd pilothouse sole;
1-under aft dinette seat, (needs connecting). Manifold: under galley sink..
Pressure Pump: (Needs replacing) Shurflo w/accumulator under galley sink, switch is on main
distribution panel and should be moved to galley sink.
Foot Pumps (2): w/spigots at galley sink and head sink.
Heater: Paloma, propane, in galley, new, never used.
Depth Sounder: EMS, digital (needs work).
Speedometer: Standard Horizon, digital, under sole at head passageway.
Fog Horn and Bell: bell is at workbench in engine room.
Bilge Pumps: Manual: 2” Edson, under PH sole, handle in engine room stb side; Guzzler, manual, aft PH
bulkhead, portside; Electrical: Rule, 900 gph and Second, 12 volt, under fwd salon w/switch on PH wheel
panel; Spare in storage.
Deck Washdown Pump: 12 volt pump, in head compartment, sea water, at sink inlet, (needs work)..
Radio: Icom 735, ham, SSB, shortwave, may be used with Winlink for email and position
plotting/transmission. See winlink.org/
VHF: Apelco 501, handheld, 5 watt, in forward cabin.
11. Interior Details:
Knees: All knees, to which the chainplates are bolted, are fiberglassed integral with the hull and deck
creating a very strong support.
Bulkheads: 3/4” marine mahogany plywood w/laminate paneling, teak trim.
Floor Timbers (between hull and sole): 3/4"mahogany plywood or 2”x 2”, solid mahogany or teak.
Soles: 5/8' marine mahogany plywood w/1/8" teak parquet covering.
Lockers: marine plywood w/solid teak doors. Hanging locker is cedar-lined.
Hull Sides (a.k.a. Ceiling): 1-1/2” beveled ash V groove slats w/varnish.
Headliner: 5/8” foam w/white vinyl covering (excellent heat insulation).
Galley working surfaces: marbled formica.
Head Compartment wall and table covering: marbled formica.
Settee Cushions: 4” foam w/cocktail pattern fabric and matching pillows (3), all in very good condition.
Berth Cushions: 7” foam w/sturdy blue fabric, 6'4" long, good condition.
Dinette and Radioshack Cushions: 3” foam w/blue fabric, good condition.
Curtains: blue fabric.
Painted Surfaces: white flat latex (need TLC).
12. Exterior Details:
Cockpit: 4-drains, screens need attaching; 2-seat lockers, 10 gallon propane tank in port locker,
removable for filling, running rigging in stb locker..
Dorade Boxes: (4) teak w/vinyl cowl ventilators; including 2-salon, 1-head, 1-forward cabin. (Box over port
salon has a leak, needs work)
Hatches : (6 total); 2-salon, 1-head, 1-head passageway, 1-forward cabin, and 1-pilothouse, all double
Exhaust opening: 1-galley, solar powered.
Mast Rails: 2” diameter, heavy stainless steel.
Hull Windows: fixed; 1-galley, 4-salon, and 2-forward cabin.
Pilothouse Windows: 3-windshield; 4-side, 1 must be replaced or caulked due to leaks, 3/8" Lexan,
available at TAP.
Engine Room Window: opening w/screen, starboard side over workbench/table.
13. Upgrading Propulsion
a. Should you need to, the Volvo 110s saildrive can be rebuilt at Helmuts in Sausalito.
b. Should you desire to upgrade to a larger engine, Beta Marine in Sausalito can mate the current 110s to
any of their engines.
c. Currently, in June 2013, Helmuts offers a state-of-the-art Volvo D1-30 (30 HP) engine with a state-of-the-
art Volvo saildrive 130s for $9500.
A second cabin complete with standing room, settee, writing table, lamps, drawers, locker, hatch,
ventilator, windows, bookcase, overhead handhold, and single berth is already available. (A fold-down
extension could be added to make a double berth). You only have to install a track on the overhead and
hang a curtain enclosing the port salon area. Voila!!! A second cabin in a very comfortable location!!!
B. The Accessories: These extras are included in the sale price but are not subject to inventory. Many
items are stored in a home garage.
Star Finder: Davis.
Barograph: recording on paper, a collectible, in bookshelf.
Maps: admiralty, navigation, too numerous to itemize.
Parallel rulers and Map Dividers: in fine mahogany box.
Life Raft: Winslow, 4 man, in valise, locate over engine.
Life Jackets: 4 adult, 1 child, 2 adult automatic and self inflatable w/tethers, all under port pilot berth.
Cable: deck mounted, for tethering to self-inflating life vests.:
Fire Extinguishers: 1-engine room, 1-pilothouse, 1-galley, and 1-salon.
Wind Speed: Davis, handheld.
Horseshoe Buoy: (needs recovering or replacing).
Radar reflector: hanging via halyard from lower spreader.
3. Miscellaneous Equipment
Cushions: 2-cockpit, foam w/white vinyl covering, good condition
Boathooks (2): 10' wood, 6' aluminum.
Boarding ladder: folding, sturdy plastic, in sail bin, for port side gate.
Barbecue: SS, for aft railing.
Dinghies: 1- Avon Redcrest, inflatable, in valise, w/bellows, w/outboard mount, *w/oars, stores in engine
room aft of sail bin;
Portabote, 12', w/wood inserts, buoyancy seats (need painting), and oars.
Outboard: Suzuki, 4 HP.
Bosun Chair: soft seat, form fitting, swinging type.
Sextant: Davis Master w/ horizon device, new. Books for determining boat's position. Numerous charts.
Signaling Flags: set of alphanumeric plus a few courtesy flags: Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, Costa
Stereo: Blaupunkt Tokyo RDM 169, new in box, w/inverter, at dinette in pilothouse; 2 heavy speakers at aft
pilothouse, (need re-installation).
Power Tools: 1-bench grinder on workbench in stb engine room; 1-portable power washer; 1-Skil circular
saw; 1-Skil jigsaw; 1-Porter Cable profile sander; 1-Ryobi router w/table; 1-reciprocating saw; 1-large vise;
*1-Bosch electric backsaw; etc.
Bulkhead cabin lights (3): NIB.
Bulkhead cabin fans (2): NIB.
Books: numerous; sailing, maintenance, piloting, navigation, boat construction, travel, etc.
Searchlight: handheld, cordless, 12 volt
Bicycles : 1-mini foldup, 3 gear; 1-fullsize, 6 gear.
Ladder: aluminum, 8' expands to 16'.
Beanbag Cushions: 2-large, form accomodating.
Portable Seats: 2-lean back, for use on deck.
Sun Shower: H2O
Wire and Tools: Numerous materials and tools: ac and dc.
Hand Tools and fasteners: SS, too numerous to list.
Boat Spares: too numerous to list.
Manuals: for all equipment, bottom drawer of Navigation Table
Some items: may be added at time of sale.
1. Insouciance will be available for showing starting September 17 at Emery Cove Yacht Harbor Slip D-2.
Call me for an appointment at 213-200-0058. [Please Note: I will not arrange any survey, at the advice of
2. The bottom of hull has been cleaned and continues to be cleaned by a professional diver every three
The average price of 11 Corbins currently selling on Yachtworld is about $130,000. I am asking $20,000.
Bottom: Needs painting (3 gallons of paint supplied.
Anode on saildrive needs replacement, spare anodes supplied, claw gear remover supplied.
Two blisters need removal.
Note: You are buying a boat that in 1979 the hull and deck alone cost $29,900. (see Corbin Prices). Today
they would cost $60,000.
Add the cost of the mast at $10,000 and you have a total of $40,000!!!!!
2. Don't think that the cost of a 33 year-old hull should be devalued. Collin Harty chose a Corbin hull for his
half million dollar high-tech creation, see buildinggalene.com/ He did so because the Corbin hull has the
right hydrodynamic shape for bluewater sailing and because it is one of the strongest fiberglass hulls ever
The pictures show Insouciance as she was 15 years ago. They show the layout of the boat. Boat needs TLC.
See Insouciance Pics
only $20,000 (AS IS-WHERE IS)
1. Insouciance needs TLC (paint and varnish on the exterior and interior).
2. A number of minor items need repair or replacement.
3. The specification list is complete as possible, but may have some minor errors.
4. Insouciance is being sold as is, where she is, and for cash only (no financing or trading by owner). There
is no warranty as to condition of the vessel.
5. Insouciance floats upright and does not leak.
6. There are no major problems with Insouciance.
Lester Helmus, owner