Sailing Time Ltd. is the official reseller of Topper Sail Boats Ltd. in Greece.
Topaz Build Quality
As can be seen from the photo on the right, the lines between the differant layers are straight, this is where Topper excel. This is extremely important as without this, strength would be compromised in different areas of the hull and therefore negating one of the main advantages of a modern TRILAM hull, robustness and strength.
The speed and heat at which the mould is rotated ensures a consistency of material thickness at both first and last layer. However, the middle layer, the honeycomb core, is slightly thicker at possible points of impact to guarantee hull integrity.
Before considering buying a sailing dinghy check carefully what you are getting for your money, in particular: Hull quality & design, number of features, quality and spec of fittings and sails. Once you have considered all these you will understand the quality, along with the up to date and advanced designs, plus the truly outstanding value of the Topaz Range of sailing dinghies.
Topper has mastered, where others have been struggling with the very important subject of the consistency of hull uniformity.
This is the balance between weight and strength, but more importantly the designed consistency of wall thickness throughout the hull (to check this open an inspection hatch to view), therefore consistent strength throughout.
Also important is having the right high density inner foam sandwich, without which accidental collisions can create a series of dings throughout the outer hull surface and not being able to reform.
Note: There are some single layer plastic designs on the market which are known to have the disadvantages of high weight, low hull buoyancy if drain plug accidentally left out, low ability for hull to reform after a major ding, Lower hull speed and hull warping due to lack of trilam hull strength and rigidity.
The quality of the plastic used is a very important factor which has a direct bearing on how well the boat sails and promotes a stiff and fast hull also cutting down on surface abrasions, to test push thump nail into the outer surface, if it goes in it will be cheap industrial plastic (usually described under a fancy name).
Also look for moulding blemishes on the hull and holes along any seams which are potential areas of weakness. You will find none of the above weaknesses on the market leading Topper Topaz range, renowned as being the market leader, and for good reason.
Unlike fiberglass, which can be very easily damaged, plastic will take far harder use. The glass hull will absorb water if not properly repaired, therefore adding weight and slowing it down, making it uncompetitive in racing.
Because of this, a used Topaz hull will be as fast as a new one a great many years down the line, making the resale value that much better than glass, plus it won’t have all those telltale signs of patch up repairs of years gone by.
The picture shows the shiny surface of high quality TRILAM Polyethylene thermoplastic.
You will not be able to find this level of quality in any other plastic sailboat in today's market.
Naval architect and designer, he has designed a number of dinghies like the Blaze, Boss, Buzz, ISO, Spice, Sport14 and also he has been a member of the design team of several Americas Cup boats with PRADA being the latest.
Several times World Champion on Tornado and other classes, he was the Tornado Olympic Gold Medallist at Montreal in 1976. His experience in catamaran production started back in 1965, being a member of the team who conceived the first Tornado, stiil the Olympic catamaran. He was the main builder of the Tornado until 1984 and it is with one of his Tornado that Yves won the Tornado Olympic Class in 1992. Since then, he has produced a series of exceptional catamarans: Hurricane 5.9, Dart Hawk, Dart 16, Laser EPS, Funboat as well as many of the Topper dinghies. Reg White produces of the Shadow, Spitfire, Storm, StormF20 and the Dart Hawk with his son Robert (also Tornado World Champion) at the White Formula Factory.
Νicknamed "Mister Catamaran", was the Tornado Olympic Gold Medallist at Barcelona in 1992 and is an innovative designer. Since 1986, he has designed many catamarans and dinghies, including the KL17, KL15.5 (Youth national Class in France), Hawk F18, Dart 16, Laser EPS, the "schooner" mercator, the Funboat as well as some twenty or so other models. Passionate both about his sailing and the continued development of catamaran sailing, Yves sails the Spitfire, Hawk F18 and large multihulls, like "Innovation Explorer" with Loïck Peyron in The Race. His most extreme design is the catamaran Extreme 40.
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