'Califer', a Trapper 400 (aka Trapper 28)

by Will Perrett
(Gosport, Hants, UK)

Califer on her mooring in Portsmouth Harbour

Califer on her mooring in Portsmouth Harbour

'Califer' is a Trapper 400, built in the late '70s by Anstey Yachts in Poole, UK. She's a good example of this class, having been well maintained throughout her life.

Trapper 400s started life in Canada as the Viking 28, designed by Cuthbertson and Cassian and built by Ontario Yachts. Seventy-odd English Trapper 400s were built between the late '60s and the early '80s.

Early boats had swept-back sabre-shaped keels and rudders; later versions had spade-shaped appendages and redesigned mast step area and vee-berth to strengthen the hull. 'Califer' is one of the later boats.

Trapper 400s are not as numerous as the 500, but with less freeboard (no standing headroom!) and longer overhangs, she is much prettier.

'Califer' is an easy and delightful boat to sail, a capable cruiser (though the 4-berth accommodation is cramped by modern standards) which can give a good account of herself in local regattas and club racing.

She is a good seaboat, and slippery, especially in lighter conditions. Designed originally as a cruiser-racer, she will give larger yachts a run for their money.

I've owned 'Califer' for nine years now, and she has taken me to all parts of the Solent, Poole (her home port), Weymouth, the Dart, Salcombe, and across the English Channel to the French ports of Cherbourg and St. Vaast.

Trapper 400 General Specification:
Underwater Profile: Fin Keel with Spade Rudder
Rig: Masthead Sloop
Length Overall: 28'2" (8.6m)
Waterline Length: 22'0" (6.7m)
Beam: 8'4" (2.5m)
Draft: 4'9" (1.45m)
Displacement: 4,775lb (2,166kg)
Ballast: 2,250lb (1,021kg)
Construction: GRP (fiberglass)

Trapper 400 Published Design Ratios:
Sail Area/Displacement: 17.9
Displacement/Length: 200
Comfort Ratio: 18.4
Capsize Screening Formula: 2.0

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