Apr 292024

CORNISH COBLE FOR SALE @ Cablesfarm.co.uk

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Here is our Cornish Coble – a great 16 foot dinghy for pottering, family sailing for  up to 4 adults and a couple of children, and for camping trips for one or two people.  We have owned it for 8 years and used it in years when we haven’t chartered a yacht in Scotland.  It comes fully equipped and ready to launch, with a decent road trailer and a 4 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard that has been carefully looked after while we have had it, and has always performed reliably and started perfectly.   The boat is set up for dinghy cruising, with echo sounder/fishfinder, compass and hand held GPS set, plus a handy galley storeage drawer with stove and kettle ( in our view essential equipment).  It has an almost new Fortress FX-11 aluminium anchor – light and efficient – with 30 m warp, 10m are weighted.  There is storeage under the foredeck for equipment and there is one 40mm judo mat floor mattress for a berth on the cockpit sole of over 6ft in length.  The custom made lightweight waterproof  tent is ideal for camping in good weather and is easily erected and taken down while aboard – its light and airy inside too.  Oars and a removable thwart mean it can be rowed efficiently.   The Cornish Coble is a very well built and substantial dinghy with a lug mainsail and roller furling jib – with a loose footed mainsail so no danger of getting clouted by the boom in a gybe.  The outboard and rudder fit through a gap ahead of the transom and are thus  protected. The centreboard lifts and she floats in around 250 mm – 300 mm of water.  Cornish Cobles come from  the well known  Cornish brand and are substanitally built to a high standard – they last very well and keep their value – these are not modern ‘blown together’ boats!

We have found Eowyn to be a safe and comfortable boat for family sailing – she sails well and feels secure and is ideal for estuary sailing – we have sailed her in the River Orwell on the East Coast and also on the Fal estuary and Penzance Bay in Cornwall, and with an intrepid crew we’ve had her out in the open sea.  I’ve sailed and camped single handed in her around the Blackwater and around Mersea Island and the Colne – great fun and plenty of room for lots of gear.  They make ideal family boats, a good way to introduce  young children to sailing too. I have enjoyed sailing her, and can’t think of a dinghy I’d prefer, but now we have a 38ft Moody available to us on the West Coast of Scotland so won’t really have an opportunity to sail Eowyn.

Eowyn ;-  Cornish Coble No 257 made in 1986 . In good original condition with no major damage of repairs. Teak gunwale.  Ply centreboard. Built in buoyancy – I’ve not tried it out!

Length 16 ft without bowsprit,    Weight approx 250 Kg.

Rig;- Loose footed Lug main – original tan sail in reasonable condition.  Roller reefed Jib set on bowsprit.  (mast can be set in one of two positions depending on wether the jib is used.

Outboard;- Yamaha 4 hp 4 stroke – since I acquired the boat in 2016 I have replaced the water pump, stripped and checked the cylinder head and stripped and cleaned the carburetter.  It has had engine and bottom unit oils changed this year and been run and checked.

Trailer;- Single wheel trailer .  New suspension units and wheel bearings and hitch in 2018,  New wheels and tyres and winch in 2022.  The wheels have sealed grease cups. 2 old spare wheels with good tyres.

Gear;-  Anchor – Almost new Fortress FX-11 aluminium anchor ( good for a bigger boat!) with 30m of warp – first 10m are lead weighted and it all stows in a bag.

Echo-sounder/fishfinder with 12 volt battery box for 8x D cells,  Compass and hand held GPS (mostly used for speed over ground information).

Galleys;-  Drawer in stern locker with camping stove, kettle etc.

Other equipment;-  Ample warps, 2 inflated fenders and 3 foam fenders, permenantly installed bilge pump, oars and rowlocks

Tent;-  Over boom lightweight tent with windows in both ends. Boom support poles. Floor/sleeping mat in 40mm polyurethane foam for port floor ( – quite comfortable!) – you’ll need to buy an additional judo mat if you want to sleep 2 people).

Covers;-  Old full canvas cover in workable condition.  Heavy duty waterproof cockpit cover for use on moorings with mast up to keep water out of cockpit.


Unfortunatelsy I don’t have any photos of her sailing – haven’t really worked out how to do that without a drone so these are all up to date and onshore;-


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