Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cornish Crabber 24

I happened to be having a walk at Burnham when I chanced on a Cornish Crabber 24 for sale. She was on the hardstanding by the office of Clarke and Carter which is at the Yacht Harbour. She was way out of my reach at £57,000, even if I had been looking for another yacht, but I couldn’t resist giving her more than a cursory glance.

Traditional, classic wooden sailing boats are always of interest to me, but here was a modern GRP yacht incorporating several features found in the genuine article. I studied her lines and features and came to the conclusion that she would be attractive to someone who wanted what the old boats offered, but did not want the hassle of maintaining them. Keeping an old wooden boat in good fettle takes a bit of doing, particularly one which requires a lot of varnishing.

Below I’ve listed several links with information on the Cornish Crabber 24. Basically, she’s been designed for those who would like to do serious coastal cruising, and the occasional race, when the topsail may prove its worth. Her draught of 3’ 6” will keep her out of very shallow water, but her internal depth gives standing headroom for the comfort of her crew. Bits and pieces of rope should occupy a family crew – even the kids may be able to manage them if shown how to use the sheet winches and headsail rollers. Her Yanmar 3YM20 auxiliary engine should push her along at a rate of knots, and with 63 litres of diesel at his disposal, her skipper will have the reassurance that if the wind fails, he’ll get back to port.


Cornish Crabber 24 ‘Andante’ for Sale £57,000 as at 15th February, 2011

Simon D’Arcy’s Blog – Solo Sailing Challenge for Prostate Cancer Awareness

Boatshed Essex Cornish Crabber 24 Sold

Yachtsnet Info Page – Cornish Crabber 24 Mk 1 Mk 11

Cornish Crabber 24 for Sale £32,250 as at 15th February, 2011


Bursledon Blogger said...


These are great little coastal cruisers - although I stil prefer the Yawl which the 24 superceeds - I'm slighly biased having owned Greta (Cornish Yawl no 1)


William Serjeant said...

The yawl looks really pretty, and I guess the mizzen gives her an advantage when it comes to balanced reefing and lying wind-rode to an anchor.