The Trapper 500 appeared originally in 1971 in North America as the C&C 27 from the design board of the Canadian team Cuthbertson and Cassian.
The C&C 27 design was licenced by Anstey Yachts of Poole already producing the Trapper 28, another C&C design designated as the Viking 28 in Canada, when they took the basic hull mould of the C&C 27, to produce the Trapper 500 in 1972. Sometime during the second year of production after a limited number of hulls the keel was modified from lead to cast iron and reshaped to a flat base.
By the late 1970s a bilge keel version had appeared and around the time the 500th yacht was produced, the design had phased over to the Trapper 501 with modifications to the aft cockpit section and coamings, the cabin roofline and to the C&C trademark scimitar rudder with its sweeping swan-neck tiller. The interior was also redesigned and improved although the hull remained unchanged. Trapper 500s of 1980 from about build number 490 incorporated the internal layout and liners of the 501 before that model was introduced at the 1981 London boat show. The 501 remained in production until 1987.
Anstey Yachts was started in Poole in 1962, their first production yacht being the Rustler 31 and in 1972 was taken over by Deacons Boatyard, part of the Granary Group, on the Hamble when the name changed to Trapper Yachts Ltd. Production continued in Poole while the sales office was at Deacons at Bursledon Bridge until Deacons sold the old Trapper premises to Northshore, who still produced Trapper 501s for them.
|Length Overall (LOA)||:||8.3m (27ft 4in)||
||Length Waterline (LWL)||:||7.0m (23ft 0in)|
|Beam||:||2.8m (9ft 2in)|| Draught (fin keel)
|:|| 1.5m (5ft)
1.1m (3ft 6in)
|Displacement||:||2722kg (6000lb)||Sail Area||:||40m² (428sq ft)|
|Air Draught||:|| 12.6m (41ft 4in) Approx.
|| Depends on top