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Cornish Crabber 26



Cornish Crabber 26 for sale




32' 9"


9' 1"


2' 6" to 6' 6"

Keel type



Yanmar diesel



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 2011, and has a lot of renewals in the present year. The hull is coppercoated, and she clearly a lightly used boat, for sale now only because of health issues. She is now ashore in Cornwall.

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 The builders do not publish the ballast and centreboard weight, but a ballast ratio of 44% is mentioned in magazine articles, and she is rated as RCD Category 'B'.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



Engine details

Yanmar 3YM20 three-cylinder 854cc 19bhp marine diesel, freshwater cooled. Shaft drive with Tides Marine prop shaft seal. New Morse control 2020.

Fuel tank capacity

62 litres


Fixed three-bladed


65AH services battery and 65AH engine start battery, both new 2018. Bluesea automatic charging relay.

Battery charging /electrics

60 amp engine alternator, Quick SBC NRG battery charger and small Spectra 5 watt solar panel on deck. Shorepower circuit with Aquafax Galvanic isolator.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Gaff cutter with laminated Sitka spruce spars and S/S standing rigging. Standing and running rigging all new March 2022


Gaff mainsail, slab reefing with 2 reefs, valeted 2020 and new sail cover 2020


Jib with furling gear - new 2022


Staysail with furling gear - valeted 2020

Primary winches

4 x Lewmar 8

Halliard winches

2 x Lewmar 16ST

Bower anchor

10 Kg Lewmar Epsilon with 20 metres 8mm chain and 20 metres multiplait warp - new 2022

Anchor windlass

Quick Rider R3 700 watt electric windlass with handheld remote - new 2022

Kedge anchor

Danforth with chain and warp




Raymarine ST2000+ tiller pilot - new 2020

Steering compass

Suunto bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

5 warps and 4 fenders


Canvas cockpit cover/sun awning - new 2021

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine A65 6.5" colour plotter with charting for W Europe


Raymarine ST60+ Tridata

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST60+ Tridata

VHF radio

Raymarine Ray49E with DSC

Safety/emergency equipment


Seago 3-in-1 Rescue Recovery buoy/danbuoy - new 2022

Fire extinguisher

2 x dry powder

Bilge pumps

Whale electric and manual pumps


Cabin layout

Forecabin, saloon and heads



Water tank capacity

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


Plastimo Neptune 4500 two burner, grill and oven. Gas piping replaced 2018


Coolbox only



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