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Topper Boat Sales ⏬⏬

The Topper sailing dinghy is a highly popular single-handed boat designed primarily for young sailors and beginners, but it also enjoys a strong following among experienced sailors. Designed by Ian Proctor in the 1970s, the Topper is known for its simplicity, durability, and ease of handling, making it an excellent choice for those new to the sport. Its robust plastic construction ensures longevity and low maintenance, while its lightweight design allows for easy transportation and handling on and off the water. The boat's straightforward rigging and user-friendly setup make it accessible to sailors of all ages and skill levels.

Topper Boats for Sale and Information

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Performance Data - Sailing Experience

The Topper has a Portsmouth Yardstick number of approximately 1369, which reflects its moderate speed and performance capabilities. This rating makes it competitive in a wide range of sailing conditions and suitable for both training and racing. The boat is designed to be sailed by one person, although it can occasionally accommodate an additional lightweight crew member. Its versatility and forgiving nature make it a staple in many sailing clubs and schools, where it is frequently used for introductory sailing courses and youth racing programmes.

Fleet Strength in the UK

The Topper is particularly popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a vibrant class association that organizes numerous events, regattas, and championships. This strong community support helps foster a sense of camaraderie and encourages participation at all levels of competition. The boat's accessibility and affordability have contributed to its widespread use, making it a common sight at sailing venues around the world.

Topper Alternatives

We've focused on 4 alternatives to the Topper. Starting with the easiest, most table craft, the Optimist and working through to the RS Aero 5 for the fastest single handed performance for light weight crew.

Optimist PY number 1628

The Optimist is a single-handed dinghy designed specifically for youth sailors aged 7 to 15 years old. It is an excellent boat for beginners, providing a stable and forgiving platform for learning basic sailing skills. The Optimist offers simple rigging and easy handling, making it ideal for young sailors to build confidence on the water. Its lightweight hull and small sail area allow for responsive and manageable sailing in a variety of conditions.

RS Tera PY number 1364 / 1445

The RS Tera is a single-handed dinghy designed for youth sailors aged 8 to 16 years old. It offers a step-up in performance from the Optimist and is suitable for sailors looking to develop their skills further. The RS Tera features a modern design with a stable hull and responsive rigging, providing an exciting sailing experience for young sailors. Its adjustable sail plan allows sailors to tailor their setup to match their skill level and sailing conditions. The Tera is available in two formats - RS Tera Sport (PY 1445) and RS Tera Pro with a larger more powerful rig (PY 1364)

ILCA 4 (Laser 4.7) PY number 1213

The ILCA 4 is a single-handed dinghy designed for youth sailors aged 12 to 18 years old. It offers a step-up in performance from the Optimist and is suitable for sailors looking to transition to higher-performance boats. The ILCA 4 features a modern design with a responsive hull and efficient sail plan, providing a thrilling sailing experience for young sailors. Its adjustable sail controls allow sailors to fine-tune their setup for optimal performance in a variety of conditions. Older boats will be known under the Laser brand as a Laser 4.7

RS Aero

The RS Aero 5 is a single-handed dinghy designed for sailors of all ages and skill levels. It offers high-performance sailing in a lightweight and responsive package. The RS  Aero 5 features a modern design with a planing hull and efficient sail plan, allowing for exhilarating sailing experiences. Its responsive rigging system and adjustable sail controls provide precise handling and control on the water.

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Topper Sailboats Information (*external link)

Selling a Topper?

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Topper for Sale

Listing marked as sold.Topper for Sale. 2 sails, centre board and rudder. New wheels on launch trailer, cover, padlock and

Topper for Sale. 2 sails, centre board and rudder. New wheels on launch trailer, cover, padlock and This listing is marked as sold.

Topper for Sale. 2 sails, centre board and rudder. New wheels on launch trailer, cover, padlock and chain. £250.00. Very good condition.

Price: £250.00
Posted in - Topper
Somerset
40962
Yes
No
Date posted - 29/01/2024
Red Topper Dinghy

Red Topper Dinghy

Topper dinghy number 45968. Good condition, ready to sail and race. 2 x 5.3 sails, 1 x 4.2. New ratchet block. Spare new boom end block. All spars and foils good. Foil bag. 2 boat covers. Launching trailer. Always stored upside down and covered. Some UV fading on the front.

Price: £750.00
Posted in - Topper
Hampshire
45968
No
No
Date posted - 06/05/2024
Topper

Topper

Location West Sussex. 2020 Topper (as new) Race Ready, Everything you need. Top Spec Boat. 5.3 Sail Aluminium launch Trolley Full Harken Race Spec Harken Race Downhaul Harken Race Outhaul Harken Race Kicker All new Covers and bags. Genuine Topper Top Cover Genuine Topper Spar Bag Genuine Topper Foil Bag- Keeps your Rudder and Dagger board protected Genuine Topper Boat Tidy As new condition. £2,500 ono Payment on collection. from Chichester Marina

Price: £2,500.00
Posted in - Topper
West Sussex
48754
Yes
Yes
Date posted - 13/04/2024