Photo Friday – Cornish Shrimper

Cornish Shrimper - ELYC
Cornish Shrimper – ELYC

We spotted this little beauty at the East Lothian Yacht Club June Regatta last weekend. Based on traditional Cornish fishing boat types and designed by Roger Dongray, the Shrimper is an icon that continues to be built today, with fleets all over the world and an active series of rallies which often get more than 30 boats cruising in company around the coast. Two years ago we came across a large fleet of them cruising in company around the Clyde, from original ply/epoxy ones to more recent GRP builds. They really are a picture on the water, and the solid build quality and go anywhere ability of the boat keeps secondhand prices high – not many boats that you can call an investment. The cuddy cabin is really quite comfortable, with 2 berths, room for a Porta-potti and a little galley. Many carry a windowed boom-tent which gives a nautical equivalent of a conservatory – lovely place to sit and read by lamplight as the sun goes down over a secluded cove. The boats also draw very little, and so can nose into all the little creeks, coves and shallows denied to bigger and deeper draft boats. To be honest, I can’t imagine a nicer wee boat for weekending and occasional longer trips around Scotland, and if you get bored of that then you can hitch her up to the car and take her anywhere you want. Unlike most modern trailer sailors, she will also take care of her crew in a blow. Just be ready for lots of interest anywhere you tie up. Bliss.


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