Here is my much travelled Trapper 500, Sarah. I bought her 12 years ago and kept it in the Thames Estuary at Thurrock yacht club. We won most of the local races in her including her class in the Nore race in 2007. In 2014 I took her down to Portimao in Portugal and build a new rudder and skeg for her out of carbon fibre. I modified the boat so I could hang it from the transom and added a simple self steering gear. Later that year I sailed her singlehanded to the Caribbean. After spending some months exploring the leeward islands I sailed back, again singlehanded. We encountered some bad weather as is to be expected. She is a fantastic boat, good in calm weather and light winds, and yet can put up with heavy weather as well. She has always been fast and frequently run more that 120 miles in 24 hours. For such a small boat that is a very good average. Recently I have changed the gearbox and fitted a new cutlass bearing. The main sail and the number 1 cruising Genoa are a bit tired and could use some work in a sail loft, the U.V. strip on the Genoa is shot now. She has several other head sails which are okay and a laminated racing Genoa that I only used 4 times. We won every race I did use it, but it is a hassle to stow away and it cannot be left furled on the forestay. She has a roller reefing set up on the main that works well, and an older stainless steel furler on the forestay.The engine is very reliable and has plenty of power. There is a 2 bladed folding propeller that does away with any drag. A 30 watt solar panel keeps the battery charged. All the bulbs are L.E.D.s. There is a fish finder and a VHF. She has a number of anchors, and fenders. As is to be expected from a yacht of this age and mileage, she is not perfect and could do with some tiding up. However I would not hesitate to sail her again to the Caribbean and I am perfectly happy to delivery her on her own bottom to anyplace she can sail to. For an appropriate rate. This boat would suit someone who would like to do some serious sailing for very little money. She is well proven. The Trapper was always a good boat, but let down by the awful rudder, the carbon fibre replacement I made has made a good boat even better. She can be seen out of the water at the Island yacht club, Canvey Island Essex. Should you have any questions my phone number is 07711135539
Current Price: £4050.00
This Trapper 500 Sailing Yacht boat is located in Canvey Island, SS8 7TX and is being sold on eBay by splashyotter.