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The SS Corsair 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. 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 workboat 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 tub. 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 all of the other wood exposed to the weather is .40 CCA pressure treated southern long leaf yellow pine Type: Schooner, converted to Maxi Gaff Cutter with a Topsail Engine: Caterpillar Perkins M265TI Weight: Net 21 tons Gross 27 tons Length: 46ft Keel 57ft Deck 78ft 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) 12 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, flying Jib, Yankee, Storm jib, 2 x 130% Genoas - 5 Guest Bunks in Main cabin, 2 single and 3 double- 2 double Crew Bunks in Aft cabin - 65 Life Jackets in various sizes for adults and infants - 2 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 cathead used for anchor retrieval, halyard work, shrimping and hurricane line handling - 5 Anchors including warps Accommodation: Safety Equipment: Additional Equipment: - 5KW & 2KW Generators - 850W solarpanels - 12v, 110v and 220v electric system, USB charging ports in each bunk - 2 x 40 gal/hr Desalinators/Watermakers - Washing Machine & Dryer - Air Condition - top-of-the-line snorkel equipment, incl. Fins, Full Face or regular Masks - Dive gear, incl. 15 tanks, compressor, wetsuits 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 - 20ft floating pad - Rope Swing - 8ft 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
We had a perfect trip! The lunch was one of the best meals we had all vacation, and the sailing trip was the perfect mix of swimming/snorkeling and sailing on the water.
We’re a young and open-minded couple who live with our beautiful rescue dogs, Mango, Sugar and Yoda aboard our pair of very well equipped and comfortable boats Malu and Corsair. We’re both passionate about good hosting and are Thai Yoga Massage practitioners able to offer a variety of luxuriant and pampering treatments on board – available on request. We adore the way of life at sea where we’re free to weigh anchor and set sail wherever we please, often enjoying the serene solitude of a beautiful deserted bay. Marc has been sailing since he was a boy. The conclusion of a five year industrial mechanic apprenticeship saw him work for Skipper Service, a German cabin charter company where he served as an offshore skipper and marine engineer; skippering his first Atlantic crossing at only 20 years old. He has also taken part in the construction of the underwater steel and foundations for the World’s greatest floating opera stage in Bregenz, Austria from 2006 to 2017 in his capacity as a self-employed engineer and commercial diver. He discovered and fell in love with Malu in 2008, Corsair was bought recently, by this point his experience and knowledge was such that he felt confident setting out on his own, skippering his own boat and hosting a wide variety of guests. A long and extremely thorough renovation and refurbishment followed ensuring that the vessels were not only seaworthy and reliable, but fit his rigorous standards. With 22 years of diving experience and thousands of dives to his credit, Marc is the perfect dive master to show you the true beauties of the deep safely. Marc’s first love at 17 was Ivonne. Fast forward 20 years and thanks to FaceBook she came back into his life. After a 3 week holiday on Malu 2013, she decided to sell her house and give up her job as an accountant in Germany and make a new life. She stepped onto a plane destined back to Malu 8 weeks later with just one suitcase and since then has never looked back, lighting it up every single day with her sunny smile, positive attitude, her art and her magnificent cooking skills; often being told she has prepared “the best food we’ve had in the Caribbean” by very happy guests. Nothing gives her more pleasure or pride than to be the perfect host. 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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