Sailing BoatsClassic Sailing BoatsCornish CrabbersOriginal Crabber MK1
Cornish Crabber Mk1 “Phoebe”
Lying Ashore at Ridge Wharf , Wareham
The original Cornish Crabber, gaff rigged, 24ft (c7.5m) Hull length, 30ft (c 9m) overall bowsprit, with heavy steel centreboard
4 berths in 2 cabins
All upholstery replaced in 2016 with new foam cushions throughout.
Galley with sink and alcohol stove, bladder for water storage under forward bunk, needs sterilising due to lack of use
Porta potti under berths in forward cabin
Fibreglass hull with epoxy sheathed plywood decks
LED lighting in cabins with gimballed brass oil lamp as feature light in main cabin.
A very traditional boat, rigged as original, without winches, all blocks are ash faced with stainless cores and most ropes are synthetic but traditional “Hemp look alike”
Included with the sale is a copy of the original Cornish Crabber rigging instructions from when the boat was new.
Rigging is all stainless no apparent defects but unknown age Original cord lashings on shrouds replaced with stainless bottle screws in 2017, both forestays on block and tackle adjustment
Mast has had some repairs over the years, it was stripped in 2018 all ironwork removed for condition check (minor repair to heel below pivot bolt level otherwise all OK) and re-varnished . Boom and gaff stripped and re-varnished in 2017, Bowsprit stripped 2019 all ironwork removed, fixing bolt “stop” had damage cut out and reinforced with Oak bearing block all refinished with Danish oil
Sails vary in age and condition
Mainsail (tan) is old but sound, never left exposed so no UV damage. Jib (tan) whilst useable, has been much repaired and now needs replacement. Staysail (tan) new in 2015 (Jeckells) little use. Foresails both on original roller furling system. Topsail Jeckells (tan) new in 2015 never used. Jackyard topsail (light weather sail- white) is in excellent condition having had little use and stayed in it’s bag. “Ghoster, or Tow sail” light weather big Genoa (white) again excellent condition due to little use
Adjustable aluminium whisker Pole for Running with Ghoster
Navigation lights are traditional copper with original brass oil lamp fittings inside but converted to LED, with white stern light to meet regulations, there is also an LED tricolour masthead fitting that seems to have stopped working probably the cable connector, needs checking the next time the mast is lowered
The companionway skylight has been replaced by a 25 mm clear Perspex slab (adequate for any possible loading ) transforming what could be called a gloomy interior when the hatch is pulled across into a sunshine cabin, also gives a very secure place for 2 permanent solar panel trickle chargers that maintain the twin batteries . (Batteries replaced in 2014 and 2017 always wintered out of the boat both hold charge well
Forward Houdini deck hatch replaced with a new one in 2016
Engine is a Nanni 10 hp twin, age uncertain but not original. The engine was given an out of boat rebuild in 2017 including a new heat exchanger and had an annual service in July 2020. Although it only has had c 2 hrs running (Brownsea Island to Ridge Wharf) since that service, given the time lapse it would be prudent to re-service before use.
Stainless steel diesel tank under cockpit seat.
Fixed 2-way radio failed and has been removed although aerial wiring remains. A Standard Horizon hand held radio (floating with GPS) was purchased new in 2017 and is included – this has never been used, still in the box.
Nav instruments, NASA depth sounder. Old impeller driven Log still in place but unreliable and now obsolete. GPS/ log provided by a Panasonic Toughbook laptop with Chart Plotter and satnav – gives a very large screen and accurate positioning, new battery in laptop 2018.
4 automatic lifejackets included with built in harnesses, purchased 2017 worn but never been in the water, as new but now due for service / gas cylinder check
Full 4 place set of pot pans “crockery” (plastic) and cutlery included all purchased new in 2015 and little used.
2 boathooks one automatic , Camping Cockpit tent, OK although now getting old’ Built in Bilge pump (manual) in Engine bay, Fire extinguisher, Boarding ladder (For swimming off boat) and Yard boarding Ladder, Anchor and Chain, various warps and fenders. Stern Flag pole socket and Flagpole with Red ensign, Bucket and sponge. C 3 gallon plastic jerry can, "pump siphon" fuel transfer pipe for safe filling from Jerrycan, Plastic funnel and water separator/ filter funnel
We have owned Phoebe for some 8 years, originally berthed at Hayling Island before moving to Poole in 2016 but she has had little use over the last 4 years due to a combination of family sickness, chain ferry breakdown and finally the lockdown. Now we are older, living in the Cotswolds makes regular use difficult so she needs someone new to take her out and care for her .
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