Cornish Crabbers Pilot Trader (1979) for sale in Hampshire, United Kingdom

£31,000 GBP
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For sale is the stunning Cornish Crabbers Pilot Trader "Rainbow", a true spectacle in the boat community. Manufactured in 1979, this Hampshire-based vessel, often mistaken for being much older due to its timeless aesthetic, offers an enviable combination of grandeur and functionality. The easily manageable 40' sailboat provides a heavy-weight comfortable anchoring, withstanding powerful winds with ease. The boat offers an adaptable sail plan fit for every situation, providing reassurance in challenging conditions. The Rainbow has not only graced the South Coast UK but also bravely crossed the Atlantic, spending extensive time in the Caribbean, participating in Antigue classic yacht regattas, and undergoing a comprehensive refit upon returning to the UK. Included are five sails - a Jib, Yankee, Topsail, Main, and Mizzen from GP Sails and Jeckells. Equipped with Douglas Fir masts, wire rigging, and updated luxury Sunbrella covers, the Rainbow is meticulously maintained. Its electronics and mechanics, from Icom AIS Transponder and Raymarine A60 to Yanmar 16hp engine and Darglow Featherstream Bronze feathering Propeller, are regularly updated, ensuring your safety and comfort are prioritised. It also comes with a robust ground tackle set-up, inclusive of a Delta Bower Anchor and manual S/L anchor windlass. It's with a heavy heart that the current owners offer this beloved boat to its new sea-faring enthusiasts, owing to a shift in family dynamics and a return to racing. The Rainbow is a symbol of serene, reliable, and timeless sailing joy, ready to grace the waters with her new custodians.

General information
Cornish Crabbers Pilot Trader
Used sail boat for sale
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
Roger Dongray
Length overall
10.82 metres
Length waterline
7.87 metres
Length on deck
9.30 metres
2.90 metres
1.60 metres
6,604 kg
GRP Long Keel with lifting keel
Lifting Keel
Hampshire, United Kingdom

About this Cornish Crabbers Pilot Trader


At 40' Overall length - including extended bowsprit "Rainbow" is always a head-turner; This eye catching Ketch (often mistaken for being wood and much older than she is) "Rainbow" has been easily sailed by a couple for the last ten years enjoying the South coast UK and all it has to offer. Her heavy weight means she sits comfortably at anchor and we have ridden out 40+ knot winds at anchor, with confidence as we watched others being thrown around like a rag doll in a washing machine. Her sail plan means there's always an easily managed gear for all conditions keeping her docile mannerisms as reasurrance when conditions are otherwise and when conditions are right - single handing with 5 sails up, becomes a force multiplier!

In wetter conditions in port an all over clear cockpit cover keeps the light and ventilation coming in but the rain out.

In previous ownership - Rainbow has committed more daring raids, and crossed the atlantic spending several years at English harbour in the Carribean and participating in several Antigua classic yacht regattas (with the timeless photos as souvenirs) until returning to the UK and undergoing a complete refit under current ownership.

It is with mixed emotions we have decided to put her on the market today; following family changes we have decided to move back to the racing circuit.

Canvas and Rigging

5 Sails:

Jib - GP Sails 2015 (new sacrificial strip June 2023)

Yankee - GP Sails 2015 (new sacrificial strip June 2023)

Topsail - GP Sails 2015

Main - Jeckells 2010

Mizzen - GP Sails 2015


Douglas Fir masts (Collins) - will need a re-varnish 2025

Wire rigging replaced in 2015 - No insurance requirement but replaced anyway during refit.

All running Rigging replaced at same time and lazyjacks fitted to the main for ease of single handed sail management.


2020 - Cabin hatch covers

2023 - Main Cockpit cover - Sunbrella

2023 - Aft Cockpit Cover - Sunbrella

2020 - Main sail cover - sunbrella

2020 - Mizzen sail cover - Sunbrella

2018 - Spray Dodgers

2016 - Companionway hatch hood

Electronics & Electrics


Icom AIS Transponder - 2018

Fixed VHF - 2023

Handheld VHF - 2021

Raymarine A60 x 2 (1 x cockpit, 1 x Chart Table)


1 x Numax 80ah Starter battery

2 x Numax 105ah House batteries

2 x LED Navigation lights decklevel and masthead

Mechanics & Ground tackle


Yanmar 2GM20F 16hp engine (Japan version not EU)

Darglow Featherstream Bronze feathering Propeller (2020)

Bruntons Sigmadrive Shaft Coupling and new Shaft (2023)

New anodes all round 2023

Ground Tackle:

Delta Bower Anchor 15kg (2020)

30m - 10mm Stainless steel chain

Manual S/L anchor windlass

Fortress FX16 Kedge with 5 m 10mm galvanised chain

35m of 25mm (2,500 kg load) Ankarolina flat anchor line on reel.

Breast ropes x 4

Springs x 4

Fenders - assorted shapes an sizes (from ball to flat) - to suit hull shape and provide maximum protection

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Yanmar 2GM20F
Maximum speed
10 kph
Cruising speed
8 kph
Number of cabins
Number of berths
Passenger capacity
Drinking water capacity
40 litres
Additional Accommodation Details
Rainbow has been easily sailed by a couple in comfortable accomodation for the last ten years enjoying the South coast UK and all it has to offer. We have enjoyed family visits onboard and have even slept as many as six of us adults aboard, but as most people know find room for six sets of adult gear and food - is the problem!

However, very comfortable and safe as a 'Couple + Kids' boat she suits the 2+2 accomodation style better.

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