Trapper 500

LOA: 27’ 4”          LWL: 23'

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Designer / Draughtsman

C&C Design Group

Year of Design



Anstey Yachts Ltd., 

Trapper Yachts


Based on C&C 27 

The hull is the same as the C&C 27 MKI though keels were cast iron. 

The TRAPPER 501 was produced in 1981 on the same hull but with different coach roof and inner moldings. Late 500's were made with 501 inner moldings. Initially the yachts were fitted with a Dolphin 12hp gas engine. Later models were equipped with a 10 hp Yanmar diesel. 

A roomy cruising boat that is ahead of its time Practical Boat Owner September 2, 2021 

Built in the UK as Trapper 500 and Trapper 501 you can seat seven around the table down below on the C&C 27, writes Rupert Holmes. Shortly after the Viking 28 was launched C&C became established as boatbuilders in their own right and went on to produce a huge range of successful racing and cruising designs. One of their first models, launched in 1970, was this much more cruising oriented design that was ahead of its time in many respects.

A wide beam and more freeboard than many boats of the period provided a large amount of accommodation. The saloon is particularly of note, thanks to the dinette arrangement which has a settee berth opposite – seven people can therefore comfortably sit around a huge table for meals. This is, however, offset by a small galley. Despite the space for accommodation the C&C 27 is a decent boat to sail – it’s responsive, well balanced and was faster than many other pure cruising boats of this era. 

After Anstey had built around 500 boats in the UK the model was updated and renamed the Trapper 501 in 1981. This benefitted from a higher standard of fit out and for the first time a twin keel option was offered. This proved popular with many buyers and the boat remained in production until the late 1980s, although few boats were sold in the later years, despite ongoing improvements in the quality of the fit out. 


LOA: 8.33m / 27ft 4in 

LWL: 6.75m / 22ft 2in 

Beam: 2.8m / 9ft 2in 

Draught (fin keel): 1.3m / 4ft 3in 

Displacement: 2,350kg / 5,180lb Ballast: 1,140kg / 2,500lb 

Current market value: £7,000-£9,500 / $9,500-$13,000

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