C&C Viking 28: an inexpensive late 1960s keel yacht

Built in UK as Trapper 28 – accommodation on C&C Viking 28 is cramped but sailing is good, writes Rupert Holmes

This 28 footer designed by Cuthbertson & Cassian was built by Ontario Yachts in Canada from 1968. At that time, the C&C Viking 28 still represented a radical concept, with a short keel, separate spade rudder, slight displacement and low freeboard.

The boat proved to be well-mannered, fast and seaworthy, with a number of notable voyages, including competing in the inaugural AZAB race in 1975. The designers also authorized Anstey Yachts in Poole to build the boat, qu they called the Trapper 28.

When Anstey ran into financial difficulties in 1970 the company was taken over by Deacons on the River Hamble, although production remained mainly in Poole.

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Accommodation on the Trapper 28 was small, even by the standards of the time. This has been improved on the later Trapper 400, in which the heads area is moved out of the forward cabin and into a narrow space between it and the saloon, although this model still lacks headroom.

These disadvantages mean that even good examples can change hands today for very little money, so she can be a good option as an offshore capable yacht for anyone who does not need to maximize the accommodation space.

C&C Viking 28 / Trapper 28 Specifications

LOA: 8.60m / 28ft 2in
LWL: 6.70m / 22ft 0in
Shine: 2.50m / 8ft 2in
Rough draft: 1.45m / 4ft 9in
Shift: 2,170 kg / 4,755 lbs
Ballast: 1,020 kg / 2,250 lbs
Sail area: 29m2 / 317ft2
Current market value: £2,000 to £6,500 / $2,700 to $9,000

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