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Cornish Crabbers - Introduction

By Stuart Wilson

The Cornish Crabber company is a Cornish based boat builder that is synonymous with classic styled fibreglass Cornish Shrimper and Cornish Crabber sailing boats. What is perhaps less well known is that the company also makes a comprehensive range of boats ranging from the 10 foot Limpet 10 sailing dinghy up to the Mystery 35; a luxury 5 berth tiller helmed sailing yacht. While their range of boats is predominately sail based they also produce a limited range of 4 motor launches called the Clam Series, again built on classic lines.

Cornish Crabbers build all their boats to order with moulding and joinery all done on site in Rock. This enables the company to offer clients a certain amount of personal choice regarding colours, interior finish and layout during the build. Average yearly manufacture of boats across the range is 40-50 per annum.

The company also undertakes refits and repairs of boats previously manufactured by Cornish Crabber Ltd and they always have a selection of second hand Crabber boats for sale, on a brokerage basis
Interestingly a company called Cornish Blue Charters has started a yacht charter business in April 2019 with a fleet comprising the Shrimper 19, Shrimper 21 and Crabber 24 MKV. They are based at Mylor Marina near Falmouth with an office next to the harbour reception.
See http://cornishbluesailing.co.uk/

The Cornish Crabber Fleet of Boats

Cornish Crabber Ltd offers a range of 19 different boats, based on 12 different hull designs and has now produced in excess of 3,000 boats, including around 1,100 Shrimper 19s and approx. 350 of the original Crabber 24s

The Crabber 12, the Crabber 26 and the Mystery 30 were designed by the late David Thomas (whose son Peter is now owner and MD of Cornish Crabbers). All of the other designs are from Roger Dongray apart from the Mystery 35 which is a Stephen Jones design.

NB: Did you know the word Dinghy was adopted by the British Royal Navy to describe the smallest ship’s boat. Hence the introduction into the English language of a word of Bengali /Urdu-Dingi origin.

You can contact Cornish Crabbers at:

Cornish Crabbers LLP,
PL27 6NT
T +44 (0)1208 862 666
E info@cornishcrabbers.co.uk