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


  • 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


  • Net 21 tons
  • Gross 27 tons


  • 46ft Keel
  • 57ft Deck
  • 78ft Overall

Draft: 5,3 feet

Beam: 18 feet


  • Clearance top topmast 70 feet 4 ¾ inches
  • Clearance with lowered topmast 62 feet


  • 49 passengers
  • 4 crew


  • 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

Safety Equipment:

  • 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

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
  • 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