Topper Topaz TAZ Sailboat NZ Topper Sailboats: TAZ sailing dinghy
Topper Topaz TAZ youth sailing

The Topper Topaz TAZ provides the perfect platform for young sailors.
Outstanding stability and easily controlled rig options allow youngsters to progress at their own individual pace. The TAZ has huge beach credibility and her simplicity breeds instant confidence.






A choice of two simple sail options mean that the TAZ can be rigged to suit varying levels of competence and confidence or to cope with varied sailing conditions. 
Spacious Hull.

The Topaz TAZ is roomy enough for two - an instructor and child or two young sailors out together (total max crew weight 160kg) - making the TAZ the ideal sailboat for beginners and sailing schools.

Simple and Fun.
Young children can feel safe and confident in the superb TAZ.  Extra built-in buoyancy and a higher freeboard than on other boats ensures the boat won't take on water over the transom or nosedive.

Instant Beach Credibility.
The TAZ's ultra-modern good looks will instantly ignite interest.  Once on the water, the superbly responsive TAZ will delight and win over another convert to the sport of sailing. 

Hassle-Free Maintenance.
The hi-tech rota-moulded polyethylene hull is unsinkable and far stronger and long-lasting than other sailboats available on the market in New Zealand.  

The hull, which comes with a three year warranty is virtually indestructible, even against the harshest knocks and scrapes made by the novice. Tried and tested Topper Topaz fittings and fixtures ensure that failures are kept to a minimum.

Cartoppable and Quick to Rig.
At 40kg and fitted with carry-handles at the bow and stern, the TAZ is easily cartoppable.The simple mastgate eliminate the need to lift the mast in.  The rig can be stepped by even a small child.  


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Europes No. 1 Sail Trainer
16C/CX
  • DESIGNED BY AMERICA’S CUP DESIGNER IAN HOWLETT  & MADE IN THE UK
  • EUROPE’S No. 1 SAIL TRAINER
  • SLEEK LINES ENSURE INSTANT BEACH CREDABILITY
  • FAST & EXCITING (ENSURING YOUNG CHILDREN DON’T GET BORED)
  • LATEST THINKING IN HYDRODYNAMIC HULL SHAPES
  • LONG WATER LINE LENGTH PROMOTES SPEED.  HULL ROCKER SHAPE PROMOTES SPEED WHILST PLANING
  • HIGH BUOYANCY UP FORWARD STOPS NOSE DIVING INTO WAVES
  • HULL SHAPE PROMOTES STABILITY, FAST PLANING, DIRECTIONAL STABILITY AND HIGH POINTING ABILITY DUE TO RUBBING STRAKES GIVING LATERAL RESITANCE & TRAPPING AIR WHILE PLANING
  • LATEST IN HULL CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY
  • HULL HAS ABILIY TO REFORM SHOULD A HIGH SPEED DING OCCUR, (SEE VIDEO ON PRODUCT PAGE)
  • LATEST IN RIG DESIGN
  • HIGH QUALITY FITTINGS
  • BALANCE OF SLIP AND ANTI SLIP BUILT INTO HULL
  • VERTUALLY INDESTRUCTABLE HULL
  •           MAINTENANCE FREE HULL
  •           NON POROUS HULL
  • UNSINKABLE DESIGN
  • SELF BAILING 
  • SINGLE OR DOUBLE HANDED 
  • SIMPLE MAIN REEFING SYSTEM
  •           HIGH FREEBOARD TO WEIGHT RATIO 
  •           CE CERT CAT 'C'
  •           160KG MAX CREW WEIGHT
  • SIMPLE MASTGATE SYSTEM, MAST CAN BE STEPPED EVEN BY A SMALL CHILD
  • SEALED TOP MAST SECTION PLUS FLOATATION HEAD IN MAIN 
  • VERY QUICK TO RIG (3 1/2 mins car top to sailing)
  • AUTOMATIC RUDDER KICK UP SYSTEM
  • HIGHEST QUALITY HULL PLASTICS USED ON TODAYS MARKET
  • HIGHEST QUALITY UV STABABILIZERS
  • RAISED HEAL CENTRE RIDGE FOR COMFORT
  • 40KG HULL WEIGHT SO CARTOPPABLE
  • TAZ USED BY YACHTING NZ HAVE A GO PROGRAM 
  • 3 YEAR HULL WARRANTY
 

TAZ
Length
Beam 
Hull weight
Construction
Cartoppable
Daggerboard
Rudder
Crew
Blocks
Sail Area
Main
Jib

2.95m
1.20m
40kg
TRILAM Polyethylene
Yes
Moulded
Moulded
1-2
Hi-Tech Ball bearing
5.39m2
4.39m2
1.00m2
TOPAZ 14

Why not let the children decide on what they would like to sail in?
Let them really enjoy the thrill of sailing a proper yacht, that will motivate and keep them coming back for more, through the ease of learning, exhilaration and confidence at speed, along with the all important beach credibility to match. 

"Smaller and lighter, nippier and more handy than a Pico or Topper, which makes it a more suitable size for introducing young children to sailing."
“The TAZ's inner and outer surfaces provided excellent durability, while the layer of foam in between provides stiffness and flotation throughout the hull”.
"The TAZ has a racy hull shape with a flat rocked backend starting to taper at the daggerboard towards a fine bow. So the TAZ also appears to cut upwind quickly, pointing high, tacking easily and accelerating with each
gust.
“The TAZ is 2.95m in hull length and 41kg in hull weight. The TAZ has plenty of room for two children in its cockpit and unlike the Optimist has a high boom that should stay clear of small heads."
"Since its sandwich construction hull is hollow, there is room for inspection hatches in the bow and the transom providing a small amount of watertight storage space for spare clothes, drinks or even sandwiches”. 
YACHTS & YACHTING 2002
“How would the TAZ beat to windward against a strong spring ebb tide in a gusty 25 knots of wind? This scenario confronts many coastal sailors and the TAZ performed extremely well”.
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"In fact the TAZ has quite a racy hull shape with a flat rocked back end starting to taper at the daggerboard towards a fine bow. So the TAZ also appears to cut upwind quickly, pointing high, tacking easily and accelerating with each gust. Sailing offwind on flat water, the TAZ stayed stable downwind and in gybes". YACHTS & YACHTING

"How would the TAZ beat to windward against a strong spring ebb tide in a gusty 25 knots of wind? This scenario confronts many coastal sailors and the TAZ performed extremely well". YACHTS & YACHTING

"The TAZ is 2.95m in hull length and 40kg in hull weight. The TAZ has plenty of room for two children in its cockpit and unlike the Optimist has a high boom that should stay clear of small heads. The Design Category CE Certificate for the TAZ recommends a maximum of two people or 160kg, which in theory allows a suitably enthusiastic 100kg Dad to sail with his child". YACHTS & YACHTING 

"The polyethylene inner and outer surfaces provided excellent durability, while the layer of foam in between provides stiffness and flotation throughout the hull". YACHTS & YACHTING 

"Delivers enough punch to do justice to Ian Howlett's hull, while being easy and forgiving for kids to handle."

"The Topaz Taz is a very modern stylish boat with racy hull colour schemes and a trendy sail design."
Dinghy Magazine

"The Taz is the perfect introduction to sailing for children. Safe, comfortable and ultra modern with a spacious Topaz style hull."
Dinghy Magazine

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