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Cornish Crabber 26

Brief details


Cornish Crabbers LLP, Rock, Cornwall.

The Cornish Crabber 26 is 26' 3" on deck, and is the newest Crabber design, offering both good accommodation with 6 foot interior headroom, and good performance thanks to a David Thomas designed hull with a deep efficient centreboard. Earlier Crabber designs tended to have shallower triangular centreboards.


32' 9" including bowsprit

Sail area

464 sq ft


23' 9"


Gaff cutter


9' 1"


Forecabin and saloon


2’ 6” to 6' 6” centreboard down




8818 lbs


Yanmar 3YM20 diesel


Internal encapsulated lead ballast and galvanised steel centreplate




Cornish Crabbers have been building various 19, 22, 24 and 30 foot versions of their lapstrake hulled gaff cutters with centreplates since 1974. They are all fairly traditional in appearance, except for the multi-chine construction, a heritage of the plywood construction of the original smaller versions. The Crabber range, unlike other modern gaffers such as Heards and Tamarisks, are not replicas of any specific traditional craft, but have created their own niche market for attractive low-maintenance gaff rigged yachts.


All the earlier boats were designed by the company founder Roger Dongray, and were originally built of ply, moving to GRP construction as time went on. The newest design is the Crabber 26, which was designed for the company by David Thomas, with the aim of combining good accommodation with standing headroom in a 26 foot hull with good sailing performance. Apart from the higher coachroof to gain headroom, the biggest differences from the other Crabber models are in the detail hull design, and the much deeper centreboard.

The hull is solid GRP, with encapsulated lead ballast. The builders do not publish the ballast and centreboard weight, but a ballast ratio of 44% is mentioned in magazine articles, and she is rated as RCD Category 'B'. The deck is a GRP balsa sandwich moulding. Spars are varnished Sitka spruce.

Sailing magazine boat tests indicate that these boats sail extremely well - 'Practical Boat Owner' writing ".... On every point of sailing the Crabber was swift, stiff, well balanced, pleasantly responsive, remarkably smooth and superbly reassuring" and 'Watercraft', testing her on a light wind day, wrote ".... it is surprising that a boat of this type should perform so well in light weather" .

Cornish Crabber 26 for sale
Stern view
Ashore October 2021

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Cornish Crabber 26 for sale
Saloon table

Headroom in the saloon is a fraction over 6 feet from the galley forward to the main bulkhead.

Saloon aft
Accommodation plan from Crabber brochure

Headroom in the heads is 5' 0"

Switch panel
Yanmar diesel
Crabber 26
Moored September 2021
Bow detail Cranse iron
Cockpit aft
Brochure photo
Ashore October 2021

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