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Trapper 500 and 501

Brief details

Builder

Ansteys, Poole, later Trapper Yachts Ltd, Bursledon Bridge, Southampton.

The Trapper 500 appeared originally in 1970 in North America as the C&C 27 from the design board of the Canadian team Cuthbertson and Cassian. From 1972 to 1980 they were also built by Anstey Yachts in Poole, which company then changed its name to Trapper Yachts, and contracted out the hull moulding to Northshore. In 1980 the design was modified slightly to become the Trapper 501, which remained in production until 1987.

LOA

27' 4"

Sail area

317 sq ft main and working jib

LWL

23' 0"

Rig

sloop

Beam

9' 2"

Cabins

2

Draught

5' 0" fin keel or 3' 6" bilge keels (rare)

Berths

5/6

Displacement

5,175 lbs

Engine

various diesels

Ballast

2,250 lbs

BHP

8 - 18

Keel type

Normally iron fin keel with spade rudder, but a few early boats had lead keels, and a very few later model 500s had twin iron bilge keels

Trapper 500

The original USA-built C&C 27s had sharks-fin-shaped lead keels, as did the first few boats built in England in 1972. This was however very soon changed to flat bottomed iron keels, with a slightly lower ballast weight, increasing light wind performance, whilst still retaining a good ballast ratio, and also being better suited to drying out. The rudder on Trapper 500s extends beyond the transom, which gives good control, but is vulnerable if berthing stern-to if left in its normal sailing position. On Trapper 500s the rudder blade will actually rotate through 360 degrees, allowing it to be completely reversed for light tiller loads when going astern, and can be left in this reversed position when berthed, avoiding an overhang.

In 1980 the design was upgraded to the Trapper 501, which has slightly more headroom and a redesigned keel, along with more conventional rudder stops. A few bilge keel Trapper 501s were also built.

'Yachting Monthly' described the Trapper 500/501 as ".... a popular all-rounder, well balanced and easy to handle for family pottering, yet capable of offshore cruising and even gentle racing"

 

Trapper 500

Photographs Yachtsnet, plus cutaway drawing from builders brochure

Trapper 500

Above: The Trapper 500 has one of the roomiest heads compartments of any 28-footer. The sink unit is fitted in the drawer above the heads.

Left: The dinette is convertible to a double berth if required

Below: The galley forms an L-shape aft to starboard, with the sink tucked under the cockpit bulkhead

 

 

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The first boats had 12 hp Dolphin petrol engines, but this was soon changed to a 10 hp Yanmar diesels, as illustrated here. As time went on the engine size was increased, up to 18 hp engines being fitted in later boats.

The side decks and coachroof sides are well cambered, making it comfortable and safe when heeled. This also gives increased headroom below. Saloon headroom is about 6 feet.

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The RYA rates Trapper 500s as having a provisional PN of 1065, which is comparable to a Folkboat, and a little faster than a Twister or Nicholson 32. Overall, this is a useful little cruiser with good accommodation, yet enough speed to make fast passages or be worthwhile taking part in club-level racing.

Trapper 500
Trapper 500
 

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