UK built Custom Corby

Vamp was a custom, UK built one-off sailing yacht for Oyster Boss Richard Matthews. John Corby was the designer/ Builder and personally directed the project for Matthews.

She was launched in 2002 and raced in the UK for two seasons, prior to being purchased by Australian yachtsman Chris Dare. After another couple of seasons, she was sold again and became “Limit” prior to the current and past CYCA Commodore David Fuller purchased her in 2008 and re-naming the boat “Vamp”.

Vamp has always been very well campaigned and maintained, and her results reflect this, including a division 2 win in the 2011 Sydney to Hobart Race and overall IRC winner of Magnetic Island Race Week 2018.

Between regattas, she is a regular starter in the Sydney Harbour Wednesday afternoon race and twilight series.

The boat is a perfect all-rounder for someone keen to sail socially and regatta/ Ocean Race. The boats systems have been upgraded to assist sailing with less crew via powering of the traveller and hydraulic system.

Vamp competed in the 2019 75th Edition of the Sydney to Hobart, and as such is in perfect race condition. An array of new sails, rigging, servicing and upgrades including full Cat 1 safety gear make it a great prospect.

Work Completed Nov/ Dec 2019

  • Full out of water service including new antifoul, hull polish, rudder bearing removal and service, sail drive service and replacement clutch in sail drive, new anodes
  • Full Cat 1 safety audit and compliance
  • 4 x new sails (see below)
  • Rig removed/ full service and rod die penetrant tested, some new halyards and other running rigging
  • IRC and stability accreditation- New 3D hull file, inclination etc


5 Reasons to buy this boat

  • Just completed full out of water service of yacht and sail drive
  • Full Cat 1 Safety Compliance
  • 4 new sails
  • Full rig-out service
  • IRC and Stability accreditation

Boat Specs

MakeCorby 49
DesignerCorby yacht design
BuilderJohn Corby
Displacement8,530 Kg

Boat Inventory

Reference Number
Hull Material
Composite Carbon skins and foam core structure built over a male hull plug. All structure is carbon/ foam cores of various density. Composite Chain plates for forestay
New South Wales
Vessel Name
Launch Year
4.73 m
3.03 m
8,530 kg
Deck Material
Composite Carbon skins and foam core structure
Keel / balast
Steel fin with bulb. Bulb 4,000 kg
Corby yacht design
John Corby
Registration Number

Engine Make: Yanmar
Propeller/ drive: Yanmar Sail drive with folding propeller
Fuel Type: Diesel
Fuel Capacity: 60L in reinforced plastic fuel tank with shut off valves
Steering system: Carbon fibre/ foam rudder, carbon rudder stock and tiller with Jeffa self-aligning rudder bearing housed in water-proof tube. Steering system all above deck for further watertight integrity. Bearings serviced Nov 2019
Single 2m diameter McConaghy Split spoke steering wheel linked to Edson steering system. Cable and chain steering linked to quadrant

Lewmar deck hardware throughout with the following:
- 2 x Lewmar 55 mainsheet winches mainsheet. Mainsheet is full-German system
- 2 x Lewmar 60.3 cleat-top primary winches which are driven by pedestal
- Lewmar carbon pedestal with under-deck shaft drive system
- 4 x Lewmar 480 cabin top winches
- Lewmar/ Spinlock jammers throughout
- Harken Flat winder 250 mounted on aft deck with remote controls for traveller control
- Engine gear/ throttle control
- New tail bags

Hydraulics: Navtec Hydraulic with 12V DC pump for push button control which includes:
- 4 function panel on-deck with in-built hand-pump. This operates the following:
Backstay ram
Vang with quick-release buttons positioned on cockpit sides near mainsheet trimmer
- Oil reservoir
- Kevlar reinforced plumbing throughout
Clear carbon finish throughout, lightweight interior with:
- Settee berths in saloon for day sailing with cushions
- 6 x alloy pipe cots
- Galley to port with workspace and overhead storage lockers, Gimballed Origo 2 burner metho cooker (plus Dune 4WD Tray warmer) and 2 x eskies
- Navigation station to Starboard with all navigation equipment mounted in outboard upper panel for easy use. This panel folds down for easy access to the electronic systems in the boat

Cockpit: Racing Cockpit layout large single wheel, central grinding pedestal to drive the primaries and good ergonomic layout. Other features include:
- Custom sloped companionway hatch and removable wash board
- Traditional pit layout around companionway with 4 cabin top winches
- Pedestal driven primary winches
- Stainless steel mainsheet foot bars
- Central Mainsheet trimmer island with hydraulic sailing function control, hand-pump

Foredeck: Non-skid finished foredeck with minimal fittings. Features include:
- Stainless steel tack line fairlead at the bow
- Stainless Pullpits with integral nav lights, stanchions and Pushpits
- Lewmar round forward hatch with fairings
- Moulded integral tow rail

Galley to port with workspace and overhead storage lockers, Gimballed Origo 2 burner metho cooker (plus Dune 4WD Tray warmer) and 2 x eskies
Safety Gear
Bilge Pumps: 1 x Manual bilge pump mounted starboard side aft, and 1 x manual bilge pump mounted port aft cockpit
Safety gear CAT 1 for 14 PAX Dec 2019 (full itemised list TBC- no sat phone) but includes:
- Lifejackets/ tethers
- Life sling and MOB horseshoe
- Deck navigation compass mounted on main trimmer pod
- Grab bag
- Anchors and ground tackle as required
- First aid kit
- 2 x RFD 8-man life rafts
All 12v system onboard with 1 x Exide G210 210amp hour house battery and 1 x Optima 34M 50 amp start battery with isolation switches and emergency parallel switch.
Separate isolation switches for Harken flat winder and hydraulic pump
Removable Ever-drive 12V 20-amp Battery Charger mounted on board with 240V GPO, Electrolysis blocker and 240V shore power cable.
Power-tech 1800 Watt Inverter for microwave (microwave not onboard)
13 x breaker switch board and LED Battery monitor to control the following functions:
- Navigation lights
- Interior red/ white lights
- 2 x 12V outlets
- VHF radio
- Navigation equipment /sat communications
B&G H3000 Sailing processor electronics system which includes:
- 6 x 20/20 B&G mast displays in carbon mast bracket
- 1 x B&G H3000 FFD in navigation station
- 4 x B&G H3000 FFD on forward cockpit and trimmer island
- Additional Halcyon Gyro Compass processor
- B&G Motion sensor
- KVH Gyro Compass
- B&G Z12 chart plotter
- Carbon VMH unit and speed/ depth thru hull sensors and AIS
- Analog Barometer

- Icom IC-M503 VHF radio
- Icom IC-M802 HF radio
- Icom IC-M35 Hand-held VHF radio
- Moxa Network hub for computer/ nav connectivity, onboard Wi-Fi and 4G cellular modem
- Maxi port Internet router (not connected)
- AIS and Comar AST 200 Antenna Splitter
- Clarion Stereo

Sail Inventory
Inventory of sails is made up of various sails, new and used.
There are more sails than on the below list, but here is the main inventory for Offshore/ Regattas

Mainsail Carbon 3 reef offshore One Sails Dec-19
Mainsail 1 reef inshore (Twilight sail- non-IRC) Hood Jan-17
Mainsail delivery main North
J2 medium jib (IRC sail) Hood 2015
J2 medium jib (Twilight sail- non IRC) Hood Jan-17
J3 Evolution 2015
J3+ Carbon Heavy jib One Sails Dec-19
J4 Heavy Weather Jib One Sails Dec-19
J4 North 2012
A1 Hood 2015
S2 Symmetrical Spinnaker One Sails Dec-19
A3 Hood TBC
Code Zero Furling gear etc Evolution 2013
Jib Top Evolution 2013

Mast Rigging
Carbon 2-spreader keel stepped rig, carbon boom. Details: - Nitronic Rod Rigging- Estimated to be 12 years old. Rigging Report Dec 2019 - Schaefer Marine double groove head foil- New Nov 2019 - Carbon boom with internal reef lines, hydraulic outhaul and vang - Adjustable spinnaker pole height car with quick connect fittings - 2 x spinnaker poles- IRC spinnaker pole and twilight whisker pole - 1 x jockey pole - External hydraulic mast jack with various mast base shim plates

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