Cornish Crabber Mk 1

Beautiful Classic
£9,500.00 Reduced
  • Boat REF#  ·  274114
  • Length  ·  7.32m
  • Year  ·  1978
  • Construction  ·  Composite
  • Underwater profile  ·  Lifting Keel
  • Sleeping berths  ·  4
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 10hp, Nanni 10HP (unknown year)
  • Lying  ·  Wareham
Boatshed Poole
Boatshed Poole
Ian Welsh

Extra Details

Designer Roger Dongray
Builder Westerly Boats, Rock, Cornwall
Lying Wareham


Engine 1 x diesel 10hp
Engine make and model Nanni 10HP (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 2 blade bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots

The engine was given an out of boat
rebuild in 2017 including a new heat exchanger and had an annual service in July 2020.


Length 7.32m
LWL 6.17m
Beam 2.44m
Draft Min 0.71m
Draft Max 1.29m
Displacement 2,000kg (4,410.0lbs)
Headroom 1.70m


Gaff rigged Wood spars (unknown year) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Reefing mainsail - (unknown year)
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)

Rigging is all stainless good condition but unknown age Original cord lashings on shrouds replaced
with stainless bottle screws in 2017 , both forestays on block and tackle adjustment
Mast has had some repairs over the years, it was stripped in 2018 all ironwork removed for
condition check ( no rot/ problems found ) and refinished with Danish oil. Boom and gaff stripped
and re-varnished in 2017, Bowsprit stripped all ironwork removed , fixing bolt “stop” had damage
cut out and reinforced with Oak bearing block all refinished with Danish oil
Sails vary in age and condition
Mainsail (tan) is old but sound , never left exposed so no UV damage. Jib (tan) whilst useable , has
been much repaired and now needs replacement. Staysail (tan) new in 2015 ( Jeckells) little use .
Foresails both on original roller furling system. Topsail (tan) new in 2015 never really used. Jackyard
topsail ( light weather sail- white) is in excellent condition having had little use and stayed in it’s bag.
“Ghoster, or Tow sail ” light weather big Genoa (white) again excellent condition due to little use.
"Mast/strut" included that enables the mast to be lowered single handed.

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 2 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels Both batteries have a solar charger


Construction Composite
Underwater profile Lifting Keel
Finish Paint finish

Fibreglass hull with epoxy sheathed plywood decks & heavy steel centreboard


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Heads 1 heads (Porta Potti)

2 burner propane Stove


Manual water system

2 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Sail cover
Cockpit Enclosure

1 anchors
(CQR, Danforth)
5.00m of chain
20.00m of rode

Nav Equipment

Navigation lights
Depth sounder

NASA depth sounder and GPS/ log provided by a Panasonic Toughbook laptop
with Chart Plotter and satnav – gives a very large screen tough sat nav. Old impeller driven Log still
in place but unreliable and now obsolete.
A Standard Horizon
hand held VHF radio ( floating with GPS) was purchased new in 2017 and is included – this has never
been used , still in the box.

Safety Equipment

Navigation lights are traditional copper with original brass oil lamp fittings inside but converted to
LED , with white stern light so nav lights are rules compliant, There is also an LED tricolour masthead
fitting that seems to have stopped working probably the cable connector , needs checking the next
time the mast is lowered

Broker's Comments

The Cornish Crabber is an enthusiasts boat. An unashamedly traditional copy of the working boats of these islands, she sports a substantial gaff cutter rig complete down to her Jackyard Topsail (or should that be up to...?). Flush decked, sitting headroom below and with minimal modern conveniences she simply oozes character.
A very traditional boat, rigged as original, without winches, all blocks are ash faced with stainless cores and most ropes are synthetic but traditional “Hemp look alike”

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Cornish Crabber Mk 1 has been personally photographed and viewed by Ian Welsh of Boatshed Poole. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

5 years

Why are you selling her?

family commitments

Where have you sailed her?

mainly in the solent

The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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