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The following information and photographs are displayed as a service to anyone researching yacht types. HOWEVER THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD. Details and photographs are normally based on one specific yacht, but could be a compilation. No reliance should be placed on other yachts of the same class being identical.  Where common variations exist, we have endeavoured to indicate this in these archive details. 

Cornish Crabber 24 Mk I and Mk II

Brief details


Cornish Crabber

Designed by Roger Dongray, the Cornish Crabber 24 is a popular modern gaffer. They have been in production in various forms continually since 1973, and hence there is a unusually wide variation in prices. Note that Crabber 24 Mk I and Mk II boats share the same hull moulding, although the decks and coachroof is different

From 1993 onwards, however an entirely new set of mouldings was used for the Crabber 24, these later boats being longer, wider and with much more interior volume than the Mk I/II versions. These later style boats are still in production, currently tthe Mk V costing well over £100,000 new. The builders, Cornish Crabbers, were part of the Select Yachts group, which closed down in early 2009, but have been reformed as an independent company.


24' 0"

Sail area

not known


20' 3"


gaff cutter with jackyard topsail


8' 0"




2' 4" to 4' 3" plate down




4,400 lbs on Mk I, rising to 6,500 lbs on Mk IIs


usually Yanmar diesels


not known


8 - 18

Keel type


Cornish Crabber 24

The first Cornish Crabbers were built by Westerly Boats in 1973, originally entirely in marine ply. The design rapidly became popular, and the company changed its name to Cornish Crabbers, and started building GRP hulled versions, of which the example illustrated is one. The Mk I Crabbers had an almost flush deck, with ply cockpit and decks over the GRP hulls.

Mk II boats had a slightly higher coachroof, were built entirely in GRP, and had more ballast. The standard of fit-out has also steadily improved over the years, early boats being quite spartan.


From 1993 onwards a new longer hull was used with more beam and greater interior space, although the overall look is generally similar.

The most common engines fitted were Yanmars, although some early boats had 9 hp Sole diesels.

Cornish Crabber 24
Cornish Crabber 24

The boat illustrated here was a Mk I Crabber 24 with ply decks, seen laid up and in need of a little TLC

The accommodation is simple, with a forepeak with two berths, with a marine WC between the berths. In the saloon the table is fitted to the centreboard case, with a berth either side, and a small galley to starboard. Headroom is 'sitting headroom only'.

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Cornish Crabber 24

The Mk I boats mostly had a Yanmar YSB8 diesel installed in a box in the forward part of the cockpit

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