Devon Dabber

Honnor Marine is the only builder of a Category C Dabber.

The smallest of the split-rig boats, the Dabber has all the energy and quality of finish as her sisters. A compact 4.72 sq mtrs (15ft 6? ) the Dabber carries an extremely useful 10.96 sq mtrs (118 sq .ft ) of sail with the help of a bowsprit and bumpkin, she is beautiful to handle.

When the wind drops, a 2-4 hp engine will drive the Dabber without any difficulties. Or you can use the pair of oars from either or both positions.

The Dabber is a surprisingly roomy family craft, and she has plenty of storage space. The C.E. Mark approved stability and buoyancy, a safety feature of all our boats.

The Dabber can be covered and left on a mooring or hitched up behind a car and towed very comfortably. With a Dabber flexibility is the word.


Length overall4.72m (15ft 6in)
Waterline length4.14m (13ft 7in)
Beam1.78m (5ft 10in)
Draft (centre plate up)0.20m (0ft 8in)
Draft (centre plate down)0.91m (3ft 1in)
Weight (complete)250Kg (550Ibs)


Over the years we have met many happy satisfied customers, many of whom have become great friends. When we sell a boat is not so much as selling a quality product, but more of joining the big happy Honnor Marine family!

Buoyancy Upgrades to pre 1997 Drascombe boats

Prior to the Recreational Craft Directive (1998), which enabled the introduction of rules and testing procedures with regards to minimal buoyancy very few designs were tested for buoyancy i.e how they would float and be recovered in the event of a swamping.

After this date we modified all of the buoyancy of our range of boats to conform to the new RCD standards. This enabled us to gain CE ratings (Category C) for all of our Devon range boats. Honnor Marine is the only builder of a Category C Dabber and Scaffie.

Our Lugger has a higher CE load rating than the Lugger produced by the current licensee manufacturer of Drascombe™ boats. i.e it has a greater load capacity. We have achieved this through design improvements. Our lugger has a rating for 7 adults at a weight of 75Kg per person, based on a maximum carrying weight of 525Kg, including the weight of an outboard engine and any additional luggage.

As a result should your pre 1998 Drascombe™ boat, manufactured by Honnor Marine (UK) Ltd (no relation to Honnor Marine Ltd) swamp the buoyancy may well not enable the boat to be bailed out and recovered, or support the crew, due to the fact it would lye too low in the water.

Water usually flows through the centre board case or outboard well making bailing out impossible. The photograph set below show this to be the case with a pre 1996 Gig which we have successfully modified. This could be very dangerous, especially with a young or in experienced crew as they could be exposed to hypothermia through exposure.

Swamping of these boats is comparatively rare. Most often this is caused by the mainsheet being clipped in and being hit by a squall when not underway.


Honnor Marine can offer an upgrade service whereby we upgrade the buoyancy of your Drascombe™ Boat to that installed in our new Devon range.

This service is provided at a very competitive rate and may be incorporated into a more comprehensive refurbishment.

History of Honnor Marine

Bob and Norma Brown are pleased to announce the Devon range of boats will continue to be built in 2018. On their retirement in December they are handing over to Tim and April Altham.

Tim is determined to carry on giving an excellent service supplying all the spares for the Devon range as well as building the full range of boats to a very high specification.

Tim’s wife will assist him, with his two daughters Sasha and Alex. Tim comes from a practical sailing family with his two daughters being dinghy sailing instructors.

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