Small craft

Gorran Haven Crabber

(REF: 27421)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Dick Pill of Gorran Haven
  • Year: 1921
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 18'
  • Beam: 6'5"
  • Draft: 2'

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Gorran Haven Crabber

Gorran Haven Crabber built by Dick Pill of Gorran Haven in 1921.  There are very few of these original Gorran Haven crabbers left, they were designed to fish off the beach and kept inside the small harbour of Gorran Haven on the south coast of Cornwall.

The hull shape is very pronounced with generous beam and very full bilges in the midships which give the hull good volume and makes the boat very stable.

Rebuilt by local shipwright Gordon Couch approximately 20 years ago, this work included hull repairs and re-fastening, new thwarts and gunwhales plus a new Beta Marine 20 hp engine.

The boat comes with a heavy duty yard trailer that was used to transport her from her home in the village down to the beach and back each year.  It is not a road legal trailer but is a substantial galvanised frame with pneumatic tyres and wheel bearings.  The trailer can be purchased with the boat for an extra £1,000 on top of the asking price.

This is a spacious, safe and solid boat, perfect for family adventures or laying a few crab pots.


Length on Deck                 18’

Beam                                    6’5”


Carvel planked in what is believed to be a close grained pine, all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Heavy construction as she was built for beach fishing.

Full width thwarts with heavy sawn wooden knees.

Painted pine sole boards.


Beta Marine BD722 20hp 3cyl diesel installed new approximately 20 years ago.

Fresh water cooled engine.

Stainless steel shaft to a fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

2 x 115ah heavy duty batteries charged from the engine alternator.

Stainless steel fuel tank of approximately 20 litres mounted forward of the engine.


Tyrone Snell heavy duty yard trailer – has pneumatic tyres and wheel bearings (An extra £1,000)

Gen Mini Mover electric jockey wheel for manouvering

2 x 115ah batteries

Fuel tank and filter

Rudder and tiller

7 x fenders

CQR anchor with chain and warp

Rule 2000GPH auto bilge pump

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These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.