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Cornish Crabber 26


Ashore Cornwall


Cornish Crabbers LLP, Rock, Cornwall.


Launched 2015




32' 9" including bowsprit

Sail area

464 sq ft

Brief details


23' 9"


Gaff cutter

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. This yacht was built in late 2014 and launched in 2015, and has a good inventory including Eberspacher heating and feathering prop. The hull is coppercoated, and she has only 55 hours engine use. She is clearly a lightly used boat. She is now ashore in Cornwall.


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 The builders do not publish the ballast and centreboard weight, but a ballast ratio of 44% is mentioned in magazine articles, and she is rated as RCD Category 'B'.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

Yachtsnet photographs afloat September 2021, ashore October/November 2021

Ashore October 2021
Cornish Crabber 26 for sale

The interior is in lovely condition with red 'Linara' linen upholstery. There are also a set of blue cockpit cushions in 'Ambla' waterproof synthetic leather.

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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
Owners photo 2020
Moored September 2021

Yachtsnet photos afloat September 2021, ashore October/November 2021

Bow detail Cranse iron

The bowsprit steeves up for mooring. These photos were taken after a period of lack of use during summer 2021 and the mooring chain has left rust stains on the foredeck, which was cleaned up when lifted ashore. There are also rust stains from a number of original "stainless" bolts on the rudder fixings, which will be cleaned up and replaced with A4 grade bolts once ashore.


There are currently TWO Crabber 26s on the market both called "Molly" - this is a 2014 built, 2015 launched boat in Cornwall, the other is slightly older and in the Solent!

Cockpit aft
Photo 2020
Brochure photo
Beam on

Yachtsnet photographs

afloat September 2021,

ashore October/November 2021

Ashore October 2021


Engine details

Yanmar 3YM20G three-cylinder 854cc marine diesel, freshwater cooled, run 55 hours only.

Fuel tank capacity

62 litres


Three-bladed Darglow Featherstream feathering prop with spur type ropecutter


100AH services battery and 80AH engine start battery - both new April 2021

Battery charging/electrics

60 amp engine alternator, Quick SBC NRG battery charger and small solar panel on deck. Shorepower circuit with galvanic isolator.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Gaff cutter with laminated Sitka spruce spars and 6mm Dyform S/S standing rigging


Tan gaff mainsail, slab reefing with 2 reefs


Tan jib with furling gear


Tan staysail with furling gear

Primary winches

4 x Lewmar 8

Halliard winches

2 x Lewmar 16ST

Bower anchor

11.5 Kg Plough type with 8 metres 8mm chain and 30 metres 12mm warp

Anchor windlass

Quick Aries electric windlass with up-down footswitches




Raymarine ST2000+ tiller pilot

Steering compass

Ritchie Venture SR-2 bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

2 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit cushions in blue 'Ambla' synthetic leather

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine i50

Depth sounder

Raymarine i50

VHF radio

Raymarine Ray49E with DSC

Safety/emergency equipment



Fire extinguisher

1 x dry powder

Bilge pumps

Electric and manual pumps


Cabin layout

Forecabin, saloon and heads

Cabin heating

Eberspacher Airtronic D2 blown hot air diesel heating



Water tank capacity

120 litres. Hot water via engine calorifier or shorepower immersion heater.


Plastimo Neptune 2500 two burner, grill and oven


Coolbox only


Jabsco with holding tank

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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