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Topper Sail boats: The entire range of our superb design boats all represent; unrivalled construction quality, fast and fun but simple, and user-friendly have impeccable handling and offer exciting levels. We has taken advantage of it's unrivalled strength in this field by developing the largest array of top-quality thermoplastic products and materials,ultra tough & low-maintenance hull.
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The Topper "Topaz - 12" | photo Topper Catamaran-Range brochure
The New catamaran Topaz 12 is the smallest catamaran in the Topper range,this simply safe cat has tremendous stability. Suitable for two crew to give the sailors a really confident feeling even the toughest sailing environments.
UK Company offer sail boats appeal to beginners or experienced racers, each sailboat is designed for a specific type of sailing with attention to every detail.
The Topper "Xenon" | photo Topper brochure
For racing or non-trapeze sailing the 2-people sail boat is an Perfect hiking boat. Enjoyable performance, formidable style and good looks, the XENON comes highly recommended by some of the leading names in UK dinghy sailing.
British Topper International Ltd has over 30 years of experience
in sailing engineering, we have brought a new refinement to the
Our thermoplastic and sailing engineering and has been awarded the prestigious
Horners Award for innovation in plastics design and ruggedness of the manufacture,
that are stiffer, lighter, but stronger and more durable that means the perfect strength to weight ratio and higher levels of structural uniformity.
The Topper "Vibe - X" | photo Topper brochure
Superb design versatile sail boat Topper Vibe X equipped to an
high standard .Wide beam and hull with very robust "trilam" and light construction ensures stable,easy to manage, far more control ,the result - accessible to young crews.The big advantage is this extra power in lighter winds,but it will inspire confidence even in heavier wind conditions.
news:Topper International's Stand number will be A106 at LONDON BOAT SHOW 12-20 January 2013
Five different sailboats Topaz range , Tres, Uno/+, Race and Duo in Test. by Peter Benetley
Topaz in test
A boat of many colours... and many coats! Sail it two-up or solo, una-rigged, or add in a jib, trapeze, and asymmetric spinnaker. But what is Topper's multi-skilled Topaz like to sail? Peter Bentley put it to the test.
Topper describes its Topaz range as a 'Sailing System' and with no less than five different boats sharing the same basic hull, its claims are probably well mented At its most basic, the Topaz Uno is a simple una-rigged singlehander At the top of the range, the Topaz Tres is a full-on trapeze boat complete with bowsprit and asymmetnc spinnaker With such a range of needs served by one standard hull it is not surprising that Topper has aimed the boat at the family and sailing school markets.
In theory, at least. It would be possible to buy a basic Topaz Uno and slowly but surely add additional kits one at a time to work up to the fully-specified Topaz Tres. In practice most buyers opt for one model initially and perhaps upgrade once in the life of the boat. Conscious that one owner or family may have several different uses for the boat, Topper also offer various packages (the basic Uno together with the parts for the fully specified Tres. for example) for an all-inclusive price.
With so many different variants to choose from, we decided to look at two representative models from the range. The Uno Race uses the basic hull and unstayed mast together with a clear- laminate sail. The Race sail features battens and slightly more area than the basic unbattened polyester Topaz Uno sail.
The Tres is an altogether different beast, which, while using the same hull and centreboard as the Uno, features a stayed mast, jib and asymmetric spinnaker. As might be expected, the two different models provided a significant contrast even as we started to rig them. The Uno is about as simple as It gets. The sleeve- luff sail pulls easily over the two-piece mast with only the necessity to align the jib fixing-eye (fitted to all masts for use with the jib option used on the Topaz Uno+) with the reinforced slit in the sail The mast steps simply into a moulded-tn cup in the deck and is locked in place with a simple hinged clamp and pin.
The Tres, on the other hand, is a fully rigged dinghy with all the complications of any asymmetric trapeze boat. Despite the number of ropes and lines everything has been carefully thought out, and provided you put it all together in the right order with the right ropes on top it proves easy enough. Both boats will happily sit on their trolleys with the sails rigged and the daggerboard in the fully raised position without anything catching. With the rudder also on in the lifted position this makes launching very easy Afloat, both boats offer good static stability and undemanding slow speed handling Topper's efforts to make the hull more rigid than previous rotomoulded boats have paid dividends and both models feel much stiffer and more responsive than expected. Centre-line and bilge keels contribute to the stiffness while at the same time giving both boats increased directional stability. They do also add to the hull wetted area and as such will prove mildly detrimental to the boat's light airs performance.
Sailing the Uno Race upwind requires no more than a basic understanding of singlehanded sailing and should prove within the capabilities of any competent Optimist sailor. As with all una-rigged boats, especially those without a traveller, the key is not to sheet in too hard and let the boat sail off with some speed. The single central hiking strap proved well positioned for those with reasonably short legs and the sloping rounded side decks offered a smooth surface to hike off. Work it hard and the Uno is quite a satisfying boat to sail. Steenng is precise and positive The helm is well weighted and nicely balanced at all speeds The flat hull form is relatively insensitive to fore and aft trim though it does have a tendency to slam in short waves without some serious body- movement. At 80kg, your tester felt just a bit too big for the boat which seemed to be weighed down in the waves for top performance The flat hull form does, however, carry weight well and it would not be unrealistic to sail the boat with one adult and one or even two children if performance was not paramount. Even well loaded the double bottom stays well above the sailing waterline and any water that does make its way aboard disappears very quickly over the stem. Offwind in breeze and waves the Uno+ picks up her heels and surfs away. Once again the steering is light and positive and the sheet loads light. The stiffness of the hull is also apparent here with the ability to extract maximum performance from each wave with a swift flick of the tiller and a pump of the sheet. Running deep, the boat performs at its best sailed by the lee. Europe or Laser-style. Good basic stability and highly effective steering make this easier than it sounds. Similarly, gybing is easy with no risk of the centre-sheeting mainsheet catching on a corner of the transom.
The Uno Race shares a simple two- piece aluminium mast with both the basic Uno and the Uno+. By using a clear laminate sail, Topper has virtually eliminated the visibility problem while at the same time producing a sail that sets well and should last well (provided it is rolled, not folded)l. The rudder system is the substantially proven original Topper system with a lift- up tiller to lock the rudder in the down position. Fittings and systems are limited to just and outhaul, Cunningham and kicker. Though all three can in theory be adjusted on the water, they are in effect set-and-forget systems using just a simple purchase and jam-cleats.
Despite sharing the same hull, the Tres is a totally different boat and feels very different to sail. Upwind the ratios of weight, sail area and righting moment are still not sufficient to break out of displacement mode, but with a jib and more efficient mainsail, she points higher and moves slightly faster, making progress to windward more rapidly than the Uno. Good basic stability makes the Tres a good platform for learning to trapeze, though the slightly slippery hull surface and lack of gnp on the topsides could be improved Once out on the wire, the crew needs to be very low on the wire to get the jib sheet into the cleat easily. An additional wedge under the cleat would solve this problem Despite the central location of the spinnaker bag, the high boom and forward location of the rig give the crew plenty of room.
The combination of SuperSpars rig and Lonton & Gray sails responds well to gusts and is sensitive enough to make careful trimming a worthwhile exercise. Rig adjustments are by shroud-plate adjusters with rig tension controlled by a simple purchase on the jib halyard. The spinnaker hoists with the now universal single line system. Friction has been kept within reasonable limits, but with a wet sail in the bag it can require a big pull to get the kite on its way up. With the spinnaker bag fitted well back in the boat there is also the added complication of a windward or leeward hoist to be considered. In either event, provided the boat is running reasonably square as the kite goes up. there are few problems Once the kite is up performance is transformed and the little boat fairty shoots away. Reaching performance is truly in the apparent wind sailing league and the Tres will serve as an ideal platform for learning to judge the angles downwind. Running off deeper slows the boat considerably but will possibly prove a quicker way to get downwind in lighter conditions. With the kite up the helm becomes very neutral and if the boat is allowed to come too upright a push rather than a pull will eventually be required to keep things on track. Gybing holds no fears and the relatively small kite slips around the forestay with ease, aided by the free- running auto-ratchet sheet blocks. Getting the kite down is easy enough and it slips back into the bag with a couple of big pulls.