The Corribee was
first built in 1965 to a design by Robert Tucker for a 21' clinker built
yacht. I believe some of the earlier boats were built in Ireland, hence
the shamrock on the sails of Newbridge's version. A short article in Yachting
Monthly tells a little of the restoration of the first
Corribee, along with a photo showing off the varnished wood construction.
The design was bought by Newbridge Yachts in the late 1960s and built in
fibreglass as a fin or bilge keeled yacht, progressing through 3 incarnations.
It was also sold with junk rig, as were several of Newbridge's boats, and
called the Coromandel.
From 1970(?) to ~1975
The original had a significantly different shape coachroof to later
boats with a generally rather more angular appearance. Available from the
start with bilge or fin keels. The fin keeled version draws 3', the bilge
keeled just 2'1". There was a separate rudder with no skeg.
~1975 to ~1982
The coachroof design was changed substantially, giving a distinctive
two level appearance, the mast being stepped on the lower "forecabin" roof.
After this initial change the mark 2 continued to evolve throughout its
lifetime, with an increase in headroom, a skeg being added to the rudder
and the bilge keels becoming assymetric aerofoils to improve windward performance.
From ~1982 to ~1986?
The mark 3 had many of the features of the late mark 2, but with a
few almost cosmetic changes on the outside - including an anchor locker
- and a significantly different interior, giving a two berth layout with
a separate forecabin for heads and stowage. I've not seen this layout "in
the flesh", but I fear it would make an already small interior unreasonably
poky, plus removing the more comfortable "V" berth from the bows. The quarter
berths can be a bit like sleeping in a plastic coffin!
End of Production
I'm not exactly sure when production ceased, but I believe Newbridge boats
went out of business in the late 1980s and the Corribee was I think built
right up until the end.