Shrimper 17

Sail away for £16,950

The Cornish Shrimper 17 is an excellent starter boat for sailing newcomers and a fantastic day boat for enthusiasts.

With her easily handled high peaked gaff rig and lifting keel, she bears all the characteristics of the outstanding Cornish Crabber range.

The Shrimper 17 is a roomy day-boat, which handles superbly both under sail or power. A central, internally mounted engine well can accept up to 6hp and gives great maneuverability and drive in all conditions. She is in our opinion “the perfect trailer-sailer.”

The spacious self draining cockpit of the Shrimper 17 can be immediately transformed into a light spacious cabin with two berths and abundant stowage, by raising the fold-down spray-hood.

The Shrimper 17 can be easily launched or retrieved single-handed from her custom built road trailer and accommodates up to five for day sailing. A great option for those of you who would like the option to trail, sail and then stay onboard.

As with all our boats the Shrimper 17 can be moulded in your choice of colour and specified with your choice of extras for a truly unique boat, which will hold her value for the future.


Customer Testimonial

“small & light, a good sailer and well able to look after herself”

M Isitt – The Solent


Length overall 20’0” 6.096 m
Length over deck 17’0” 5.182 m
Length of waterline 16’0” 4.877 m
Beam 6’9” 2.057 m
Draught 1’7” – 4’0” 0.483 – 1.219 m
Displacement 1450 lbs 657.70 kg
Sail area 178 ft2 16.54 m2
Approx towing weight 2200 lbs 1000 kgs
RCD category C

Standard Specification


Construction: Hand laid solid GRP hull with no foam core. Integral centreplate case laminated as part of the complete hull structure. Internal bunk and forepeak moulding bonded into hull with internal structural bulkheads bonded to both hull and deck mouldings. Standard colours are Off White, Dark Blue or Dark Green. The hull and deck joint is by way of an overlap or ‘Biscuit Tin Lid’ with GRP bonding.

 Rudder: The rudder is transom hung on two stainless steel hangings bolted through the transom with Hardwood backing pads. The rudder is constructed from laminated Plywood with a stainless steel lifting drop plate.

 Engine Beds: Engine beds are incorporated in the GRP bunk moulding with mild steel mounts bonded into the bed design which incorporates an oil drip tray.

 Ballast: Ballast is by way of Iron punchings encapsulated in resin inside the hull keel moulding. A galvanised steel centreplate forms part of the ballast with a stainless steel lifting wire leading to a winch lifting system operated from the cockpit.

 Boot Top: A single boot top moulded in gel coat located above antifouling level. Colour in contrast to main hull and normally matching the deck.


Construction: Hand laid GRP with balsa core in way of horizontal load areas. Hard wood pads under deck fittings and stress points.

Cockpit : Cockpit locker lids are hand laid with balsa core. There is integrated non slip on horizontal surfaces with an optional two tone colour. A cockpit drain is located in the centre of the main foot well with additional drainage from the seats. A central water tight locker offers general storage or houses the diesel engine when fitted.

 Deck Fittings: Bespoke deck fittings including bow sprit, tabernacle and chain plates are made from stainless steel. 4 aluminium deck cleats are positioned aft & amidships with two fairleads feeding a teak Sampson post forward. All sail controls are led aft to rope clutches / jammers with a single halyard winch to starboard. Adjustable jib & mainsheet cars. Access below is via a teak lined sliding companionway hatch and split plywood / Perspex washboards. Extra ventilation provided by an aluminium forward hatch.

 Ports: 2 aluminium fixed ports are fitted one each in the hull topsides.

 Chain plates: Chain plates are in stainless steel and through bolted on the hull sides.

 Vents: Ventilation is via a washboard vent and opening forward hatch.

Miscellaneous Deck Equipment:             

Fuel filler & tank vent. (Inboard version only).

Life harness attachment point by the companionway

Rope tidies for main & Jib halyards.

Cockpit Lockers: Two main watertight lockers with latches and padlocks are provided. A hast / staple with padlock is also provided for the companionway hatch.


Mainmast: Laminated in Sitka Spruce and treated with Sikkens Cetol including a stainless steel mast band to take Cap shrouds, jib and mainsail halyards. All deck mounted on a substantial stainless steel tabernacle.

Main Boom: Laminated in Sitka Spruce and treated with Sikkens Cetol including a Stainless steel gooseneck fitting, kicker and mainsheet bands and all associated reefing line leads / terminals.

Bowsprit: Laminated in Sitka Spruce and treated with Sikkens Cetol including a Stainless steel pivot fitting, end plate and bobstay take off points.

Gaff: Laminated in Sitka Spruce and treated with Sikkens Cetol including a Stainless steel gaff collar with rubber protection on bearing surface. Wire hoist span and block.


Standing Rigging: Cap shrouds, lower shrouds & forestay in 4mm 1 x 19 stainless steel wire with swaged ends. Chromed rigging screws. Jib mounted on reefing spar and controls led aft to cockpit.

Running Rigging:  Main throat / peak halyards – 6mm braid.  Jib &Staysail halyards – 6mm braid. Main topping lift – 6mm braid. Mainsail reefing lines – 6mm braid. Mainsail outhaul – 6mm braid.  Mainsheet & Jib sheets – 10mm sheet rope. All associated blocks for purchase tackles.


Mainsail: Dacron in Tan or Cream. 2 reef points with tie in lacings. Luff and gaff lacing as required.

 Jib: Dacron in Tan or Cream with wire luff and tell tails.

 Boom Cover:  In Maroon, or Cream acrylic. Fixings to allow for topping lift and mainsheet take off. All sails supplied with, sail numbers, logo and ties.


 Outboard Version

Outboard well: A teak engine mounting with stainless brackets. Engine well hull blank. GRP moulded fuel tank stowage and fuel lead splitter through aft locker compartment. (fuel lead not supplied as standard)

 Engine Instruments and Controls: The engine instruments are located at the rear of the cockpit coaming and are recessed with a clear cover. Instruments include audible alarm, alternator warning light, start switch and stop control. A single lever engine control is supplied and fitted in the cockpit well.

 Engine Cooling: The engine is directly salt water cooled. A 3/4″ diameter pipe leads from the main seawater inlet through a strainer to the engine and discharges overboard through the exhaust.

 Engine Exhaust: A flexible exhaust hose connects the exhaust via a swan neck with water trap to the outlet fitting through the transom.

 Fuel System: A stainless steel diesel tank with a capacity of approximately 18 litres, breather and integrated dip stick. The tank is fitted with flow and return lines, the flow line having a manual shut off valve.


Bilge System: 1 x Manual bilge pump operated from the cockpit with a handle stored in the aft locker.

Fresh Water Tanks: 1 x 10ltr plastic jerry can with manual hand pump. Also a bucket / sink.

Soil System: When fitted the heads discharge directly to sea via a vent loop and skin fitting.

Inlet / Outlet Fittings: Engine: In through a single skin fittings with a valve and strainer. Out via exhaust system.


Gas System: There is no fitted Gas system on a Shrimper. A gimballed stainless steel basket is supplied to take a single camping gas burner.  The canisters for this are not to be stored inside the boat.


12 volt DC system 

 Batteries: Engine – one 12 volt 65 amp/hour. (Optional on outboard version)

Charging: Via main engine – a 35 amp (at 12 volt) alternator.

 Switchboard: An optional switch panel is fitted to boats that have additional electronics fitted.

 Miscellaneous Standard Equipment

Deck:  1 x Winch handle. 1 x Bilge pump handle. Stowed in aft cockpit locker. 1 x Fire extinguisher – situated down below.


Joinery: The interior joinery is constructed from high quality materials and in accordance with good yacht practice. Bulkheads and side back linings are from Plywood.

Finish: All cabin woodwork is finished in a choice of painted or varnished bulkheads with wood washed maple faced or varnished teak faced side backs.

Soles: A rubber cabin sole is fitted as standard.

Upholstery: A choice of soft or wipe down plastic upholstery is available.

Test Reports