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The SS Corsair

Built & Designed

 in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

by Michael Broussard

Laying of keel 1976

Launched 1978

Men hours 14.000

 

Dimensions

Weight:  net 21/gross 27 tons

 Length: 46ft keel/57ft deck/79ft overall

 Draft: 5,3 ft   Beam: 18 ft

 Height: Clearance top topmast 71ft/62 ft

Capacity & Accomodation

49 passengers / 4 crew

5 Guest Bunks in Main cabin,

2 single and 3 double.

2 Crew Bunks, double, in Aft cabin.

Layout

Biloxi shrimping Schooner,

converted to Maxi Gaff Cutter Rig

with Topsail, Staysail,

Jib and Topsail Jib

 

"If he could tell you about his adventures, you couldn't stop listening."

The “Corsair” is an award winning classic Biloxi schooner built in 1976 which invokes the lines of a classic shrimper or gulf coast freighter of centuries past.

"A hell of a ride - a hell of a ship!"

 

The Corsair was purchased in 2017. Together, Marc, Ivonne, Mango and Sugar sailed the Corsair from Alabama through the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands to his new home in Grenada. On an unexpectedly difficult voyage they rode out numerous storms, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria, sailed through destroyed islands and yet still managed to keep up the maintenance and repair of the ship, delivering The Corsair safely home for new adventures in the Caribbean islands.

 

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Back in the days

 

 

 

With graceful sheer and sweet lines, the ship was designed and hand-built by Captain Michael Broussard, a third generation boat builder, well known in the Biloxi area, to US Coast Guard standards. Captain Broussard was trained by Francis Herreshoff of Bristol and has taught himself at the International School of Yacht Restoration (IRYS). Corsair’s hull is crafted from Southern White Cedar and the deck from beautiful mahogany. The original Schooner rigging with two masts has been converted into a magnum gaff rigged cutter sloop with a topsail.

With a length on deck of 57 feet and 74 feet overall, Corsair is a very spacious and comfortable long range sailboat. Corsair has been up and down the East coast of the US and the Gulf of Mexico, serving as a commercial shrimp vessel, sail training vessel, participating in advertising campaigns and has even played a role in the movie “Interview with a Vampire.”

 

 

 

 

In 2017 Corsair was carefully refurbished and converted from a work boat to an extremely stylish and premium quality charter vessel. The main salon is very roomy and is located adjacent to the galley which is our chef’s pride. 3 double berths and 2 single berths with privacy dividers and curtains are to be found waiting for you. The bathroom  is stunning and unique, Corsair may be the only modern schooner equipped with a claw foot. Our goal was never to change the spirit of the ship and keep it original and authentic as much as possible with adding modern aspects to its flair.

Cruising on Corsair is a special way to spend time with your loved ones, a unique experience on the water in Grenada, an extraordinary way to travel to the Tobago Cays and the Grenadines, a relaxing sunset cruise, an exciting snorkeling or scuba diving experience in the Caribbean, or good food and company on a comfortable classy ship.

Buccaneering with style!

classic ship - modern concepts

Today

Facts & Figures

Year:                                 1976, launched 1978
Men hours:                      14.000
Built:                                 Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Builder:                            Michael Broussard
Materials:                        Southern White Cedar Frames and Planking
                                           Live Oak Keel with attached Concrete Ballast of 5 tons
                                           Mahogany Deck Planks
Type:                                Schooner, converted to Maxi Gaff Cutter with a Topsail
Engine:                            Caterpillar Perkins M265TI
Weight:                           Net 21 tons
                                         Gross 27 tons
Length:                           46 ft Keel
                                          57 ft Deck
                                          79 ft Overall
Draft:                               5,3 feet
Beam:                              18 feet
Height:                            Clearance top topmast 70 feet 4 ¾ inches
                                          Clearance with lowered topmast 62 feet
Capacity:                         49 passengers
                                          4 crew
Speed:                             Top speed (sailing) 14 knots
                                          Cruising (sailing) 6 knots
                                          Cruising (engine) 7 knots

Sails & Spars

  • Herreshoff type mast, round hollow 9 plank construction with all wiring run internally. Douglas fir glued and stainless steel fastened.
  • Hollow douglas fir topmast which can be lowered
  • 16ft crosstrees
  • 30ft hollow Greenheart boom
  • solid douglas fir gaff with live oak natural curved jaws
  • Sails: Gaff Mainsail, Topsail, Staysail, Jib, Topsail Jib

Accomodation

  • 5 Guest Bunks in Main cabin, 2 single and 3 double
  • 2 double Crew Bunks in Aft cabin

Safety Equipment

  • 65 Life Jackets in various sizes for adults and infants
  • 3 Life rings
  • DSC VHF radio (fixed)
  • DSC VHF / GPS radios (portable)
  • GPS Navigation
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Radar Transponder (SART)
  • Flares and smoke signal devices
  • Advanced First Aid equipment
  • Medical Oxygen tank with demand valve
  • Various Fire extinguishers, fully automatic in Engine room
  • “Hercules” Hydraulic Windlass – double drum, double cat head used for anchor retrieval, halyard work, shrimping and hurricane line handling
  • 5 Anchors including warps

Additional Equipment

  • 5 KW & 2 KW Generators
  • 850 W solar panels
  • 12 v, 110 v and 220 v electric system, USB charging ports in each bunk
  • 2 x 40 gal/hr desalination plants
  • Washing Machine & Dryer
  • Air Condition
  • top-of-the-line snorkel equipment, incl. Fins, Full Face or regular Masks
  • Dive gear, incl. 15 tanks, compressor, wet suits and BCDs in various sizes, 10 sets of regulators
  • Swim ladder
  • Bathroom with electric toilet, tub, hot water, 2 outside showers
  • 2 kayaks & 1 paddle board
  • 8 ft sailing and rowing dinghy
  • 16 ft rigid and unsinkable dive tender
  • shaded and cushioned deck lounges
  • 2 Fridges, 3 Coolers, 2 Freezers, Ice Maker
  • Big Rum Barrel BBQ & BAR
  • 2 outside dining tables & 12 chairs
  • Bluetooth sound system
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