Insouciance Specifications
as of April 19, 2014

Insouciance is the boat for the adventurous who want to visit distant, exotic islands or to sail around the world. She was rated number one as a bluewater voyaging sailboat, see rated #1 and by Ted Brewer Corbin-A Good Old Boat .

The interior living space is huge, with ample headroom in the aft engine room, pilothouse, galley, salon, head compartment, and forward stateroom. When you descend from the cockpit, you do not enter a dark submarine. You enter a pilothouse which is well lighted and airy, much like the deck saloons in more modern boats. The flush deck provides enormous storage volume inside. Outside, the flush deck wide and long gives the appearance and convenience of a much larger sailboat.

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 for more information.

Because of the advanced age and physical condition of the owner Insouciance is being let go for a small amount of her value.

To-Do List: Kindly examine this list carefully before requesting a visit to my boat. Most items can be done with the boat in the water and can be done over a span of years.

Priority One

*Replace propellor shaft on saildrive or upgrade to new saildrive, Volvo Saildrive , Helmuts Marine .

*Haul boat, paint bottom (paint supplied), paint saildrive (paint supplied), remove two blisters.

*For use in tropical waters remove paint and coat bottom with epoxy.

*Repair three seacock plug valves or upgrade thruhulls and valves.

*Install steaming light (supplied) on mast.

*Repair the reefer (may need a new evaporator/compressor).

*Install windlass battery (supplied) and solenoid (supplied).

*Install starting and house batteries

Priority Two

*Inspect and replace defective standing rigging.

*Inspect and replace defective running rigging.

*Caulk pilothouse windshields

*Replace 3 pilothouse windows.

*Paint or varnish boat interior.

*Paint caprail, Dorade boxes, and exterior teak trim with EHT (supplied).

*Paint salon overhead.

*Replace mast boot.

*Paint hatch trim.

*Install fresh water pump, accumulator, and switch under sink

*Replace lifelines

Priority Three

*Install chainplates for running backstays.

*Paint mast.

*Paint interior of all lockers.

*Paint bilge.

*Install cover-board (supplied) on pedestal.

*If singlehanding, install bypass valve to permit quick switching from hydraulic steering to manual steering for use when Monitor steering.

*Mount oil pressure gage (supplied) so it can be seen from cockpit and from pilothouse.

*Replace main sail cover and winch covers.

*Install port quarter block (supplied).

*Install microwave shelf over stove in galley (shelf and supports supplied)

*Sand and varnish salon dining table

*Add hinge to dinette table

*Repair cove stripe

Other Corbin Projects Currently Underway (Ctr-Click on boat name.) 1. R. Kalliste 2. Bad Agent

A. The Boat

1. General
Hull and flush deck formed by Corbin Les Bateaux in 1979 at Montreal, Canada. Hull #10. Boat finished at Livermore, California in 1985. Commissioned and went into water by owner in 1985. Materials used were excellent. Quality of work was very good.
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. Overhead Insulation: 5/8" foam and 1/8" sheet plastic.
Sails: 801 sq ft
Rig: cutter
Engine: Volvo marine diesel 2-cylinder, 24 HP in good condition.
Fuel: 80 gal diesel
Water: 200 gal
Steering: inside and outside, hydraulic or mechanical
Propulsion: Volvo Saildrive Monitor Windvane

2. Accomodations:
Forward cabin: Berth double w/leecloth, settee (loveseat), escape step, 4-shelves, 3-clothes lockers, 2-anchor lockers, 20 gal holding tank (never used), .
Head compartment: toilet, sink w/ large work surface, 2-shelves, 3-lockers, hand shower, shower grating, y-valve w/12 volt pumpout to holding tank or to a deck pumpout fitting.
Passageway: 1-shoe shelf, 1-hanging locker w/vertical sliding door, 2-clothes lockers.
Salon: 2-pilot berths w/leecloths; 2-settees; center table w/fold-down extensions and fiddles; bookcase; 3-lockers; 4-drawers.
Galley: Force 10 propane stove w/gimballed oven, 3-burners, Twin sinks; large work surfaces , 7-drawers, 3-lockers, 1-tall pantry locker; Technautics refrigerator over freezer, w/5” insulation, 120 volt compressor, engine operated PTO w/heat exchanger; Marinetics Propane Control:
Pilothouse: elevated dinette: seats for two (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. Access to engine: excellent on both sides and in front by removing companionway ladder (engine can be removed from boat easily.)
Cockpit: Helmsman Seat: arched, 3" foam w/white vinyl covering, 2-full length cushion seating, customized, in good condition.

3. Propulsion:
Engine: Volvo, M11C, 2 cylinder, 4 cycle w/decompression levers, 24 HP, diesel, sea water cooled w/strainer, ground isolation switch; Starts easy, runs good, exhaust is good, and sea water coolant flow is good. Spare impeller and spare fuel pump.
Saildrive: Volvo, 110S, aluminum w/zinc collar anode (needs work)
Propellor, 2 blade, fixed, aluminum, 16”, LH rotation (needs replacing).
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.
Fuel Tank: 80 gal, (newly rebuilt 2007), under pilothouse sole, vents overboard, fits easily thru companionway.

4. Anchoring:
Windlass: Vetus Tigre (similar to Lofrans Tiger), 12 volt DC; emergency lever crank handle; claw on rope (to relieve load on gypsy).
Anchors: 1-45# CQR (at bow), 1-Danforth storm, and 1-Danforth lunch.
Chain: 300' galvanized 3/8” (120' under forward cabin berth connected to 180' under salon sole aft of mast); 50' galvanized 3/8” under pilothouse sole.
Rode: 50' 3/4” 3 strand nylon w/fasteners; 1 reel of 9/16” braided nylon and 1 reel of 9/16” 3-strand nylon under cockpit.

5. Sailing
Mast: aluminum, 5”x 10”x 60', 11 mm thick, keel stepped, internal halyards, white, bottom 7' is double thickness (nearly 5/8" thick).
Main 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), extra large main sheet; 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 w/fiddle block on traveler in cockpit; Yankee 2-Barient 28 at cockpit, blocks and cleats on tracks at gunwale; Staysail 2-Barlow 24 (at cockpit), blocks on tracks on deck aft of mast and blocks at gunwales.
Main Boom B:rake Dutchman.
E-Z Jacks: on mast.
Furling: Profurl LCI 32, for headsail on headstay.
Spinnaker Blocks: at aft quarters.
Poles: 1-spinnaker, on mast; 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.
Line Stoppers: 6-atop PH.
Organizers: 2-triple sheaves, atop PH.
Running Backstays (2): 1x19 SS cable, w/vangs.
Running Rigging: 1/2"and 9/16" braided dacron.

6. Mechanical:
Wheels: 28” SS Destroyer in cockpit; 18” spoke in wheelhouse; Hynautics hydraulic steering.
Steering Quadrant: bronze crank arm for hydraulic ram and disconnect for mechanical tiller.
Tiller: heavy duty, for hand and Monitor steering.
Rudder Post: 1 1/2" Bronze
Gudgeon: Bronze Casting (bottom of skeg to bottom of rudder)

7. Electrical:
Shore Power Cord: 1-50 ft, good condition.
Selector Switches: 1-generator or shore; 1-starting; 1-starter ground.
Distribution Panel: Mariner, 3-house AC and 3-house DC circuit breaker switches.
AC Outlets: 1 in engine room; 1 in pilothouse under radioshack desk; 1 in pilothouse sail bin; 1 in salon; 1 in head compartment; and 1 in forward cabin.
DC Outlets: 1 in pilothouse, 1 in forward cabin, and 1 on deck.
Batteries: 1-Starting, Interstate, 12 volt, in engine room.
Charger/Inverter: 110 amps/2000 watts, Exide, under dinette, (needs installation).
Auxilliary Generator: Montgomery Ward, 3000 watts, (portside, aft pilothouse, under sole).

8. Piloting:
Autopilot: Autohelm ST 6000, (works good).
Windvane: Monitor, SS, w/lines to tiller, 2 wood vanes under starboard berth. 1 tiller.
Compasses: Danforth Polyaxial in PH; Danforth Constellation in cockpit pedestal.
GPS: Magellan 2000, at PH windshield.
Anchor light: at masthead.
Tricolor light: at masthead Running light (steaming light): new in box.

9. Water System:
Tanks (5), 200 gals total: 2-50 gal at salon settees; 1-under galley sink; 1-under stb fwd pilothouse sole; 1-at dinette. Manifold: under galley sink..
Pressure Pump: Shurflo w/accumulator under galley sink
Foot Pumps (2): w/spigots at galley sink and head sink.
Heater: Paloma, propane, in galley, new

10. Miscellaneous:
Depth Sounder: EMS, digital.
Speedometer: Standard Horizon, digital, under sole at head passageway.
Fog Horn and Bell: bell is at workbench in engine room.
Bilge Pumps: 2” Edson, manual, under PH sole, handle in engine room stb side; Rule, 900 gph, 12 volt, under fwd salon, switch on PH wheel panel; Guzzler, manual, aft PH bulkhead, portside; 1-Whale pump and switch, new in box; 1-electronic switch, new in box; .
Deck Washdown Pump: 12 volt pump, in head compartment, sea water, at sink inlet.

11. Communication:
Radio: Icom HF Transceiver IC-735, ham, SSB, shortwave, may be used with Winlink for email and position plotting/transmission.
VHF: Apelco 501, handheld, 5 watt, in forward cabin.

12. Interior Details:
Knees: All knees, to which the chainplates are bolted, are fiberglassed integral with the hull.
Bulkheads: 3/4” marine mahogany plywood w/laminate paneling, teak trim.
Floor Timbers (between hull and sole): 2”x 2”, mahogany or teak.
Soles: 5/8' marine mahogany plywood w/1/8" teak parquet covering.
Lockers: marine plywood w/solid teak doors.
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, matching pillows (3), all in very good condition.
Berth Cushions: 7” foam w/sturdy blue fabric, 6'2" long, good condition.
Dinette and Radioshack Cushions: 3” foam w/blue fabric, good condition.
Curtains: blue fabric.
Painted Surfaces: white flat latex.

13. Exterior Details:
Cockpit: 4-drains; 2-lockers, 10 gallon propane tank in port locker, removable for filling.
Dorade Boxes: (4) teak w/vinyl cowl ventilators; 2-salon, 1-head, 1-forward cabin, need varnish.
Hatches : (6 total); 2-salon, 1-head, 1-head passageway, 1-forward cabin, and 1-pilothouse.
Decklight: 1-galley.
Mast Rails: 2” diameter, heavy guage stainless steel.
Hull Windows: fixed; 1-galley, 4-salon, and 2-forward cabin.
Pilothouse Windows: 3-windshield; 4-side, 3/8" Lexan.
Engine Room Window: opening w/screen, starboard side over workbench/table.

Second Cabin:
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: Many items are stored in a home garage.

1. Navigation:
Star Finder: Davis and Sextant: Davis Master w/ horizon device, new.
Barograph: recording on paper, (a collectible), in bookshelf.
Barometer: Boston.
Maps: admiralty, navigation, to New Zealand, to Costa Rica, and to Alaska.
Parallel rulers and Map Dividers: in fine mahogany box.

2. Safety: Life Raft: Winslow, 4 man, in valise Life Jackets: 4-adult, 1-child, 2-adult automatic/self inflatable, w/tethers. Cable: deck mountable, for tethering to self-inflating life vests MOB: Lifesling. Fire Extinguishers: 1-engine room, 1-pilothouse, 1-galley, and 2-salon. Wind Speed: Davis, handheld. Horseshoe Buoy: needs recovering or buy new one. Radar reflector:

3. Miscellaneous Equipment Cushions: 2-cockpit, foam w/white vinyl covering, good condition Boathooks: 1-10' wood, 1-6' aluminum. Boarding ladder: folding, sturdy plastic, for port side gate. Barbecue: SS, for aft railing. Dinghies: 1- Avon Redcrest, inflatable, in valise, w/bellows, w/outboard mount, 1-12' Portabote, w/wood inserts, buoyancy seats, oars. Outboard: Suzuki, 4 HP. Bosun Chair: soft seat, form fitting, swinging type. Signaling Flags: set of alphanumeric plus a few courtesy flags: Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, Costa Rica. Microwave: Emerson 700 watt. Stereo: Blaupunkt Tokyo RDM 169, new in box, w/inverter; 2 heavy speakers at aft pilothouse, Workbench: powered sharpener and vise in stb engine room. Bulkhead cabin lights (3): NIB, (need installation). Bulkhead cabin fans (2): NIB, (need installation). Books: numerous; sailing, maintenance, piloting, navigation, boat construction, travel, etc. Searchlight: handheld, cordless, 12 volt Beanbag Cushions: 1-large, form accomodating. Portable Seats: 1-lean back, for use on deck. Wire and Tools: Numerous : ac and dc. Hand Tools and fasteners: SS, numerous. Boat Spares: numerous. Manuals: for all equipment Power Tools: circular saw, reciprocating saw, palm sanders, belt sander, jig saws, multitool, etc.

1 The topsides were cleaned, polished, and waxed in the Spring of 2013.

Contact Email:

Tele: 213-200-0058.

*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. The vessel is in the water, sitting trim, and has no leaks. She has had no collisions or groundings during the past 15 years while under my ownership. She has been sailed an average of only once per year.

Lester Helmus, owner