The History of the Corribee

Original Design

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.

Newbridge Yachts

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.

Mark 1 CorribeeMark 1

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.

Mark 2

Mark 2 CorribeeFrom ~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.

Mark 3

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.


LOA 20'9"
LWL 16'3"
Beam 7'2"
Draft 3' (fin), 2'2" (bilge)
Displacement 2000lbs
Sail Area 154 sq ft (standard), 175 sq ft (tall)

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