Topaz Vibe

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Topaz Vibe
Topaz Vibe sailboat 4327.jpg
Designer Ian Howlett & Rob White
Year 2006
Builder(s) Topper International
Crew 1–3
Trapeze Yes
Type Monohull
Construction Topaz TRILAM
Hull weight 70 kg (150 lb)
LOA 3.80 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Hull appendages
Keel/board type Centreboard
Mainsail area 6.90 m2 (74.3 sq ft)
8.12 m2 (87.4 sq ft)
Jib/genoa area 2.21 m2 (23.8 sq ft)
2.30 m2 (24.8 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 8.41 m2 (90.5 sq ft)
10.58 m2 (113.9 sq ft)
RYA PN 1185/1140[1]

The Topaz Vibe is a British sailing dinghy designed by Ian Howlett and Rob White. Built by Topper International, it was first introduced in 2006.[2] There are two models, the Vibe and the Vibe X, with the latter carrying larger sails. The Vibe is a World Sailing Learn to Sail class.[3][4][5][6]


The Vibe is a small recreational dinghy, with the hull built predominantly of trilam polyethylene. It has a fractional sloop rig, a raked stem, an open reverse transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a retractable daggerboard keel. It displaces 154 lb (70 kg).[4]

The Vibe has a beamy and chined hull and was designed as a performance hiking dinghy, though can be fitted with a single trapeze.[7]


Base model with 98 sq ft (9.1 m2) of sail area, plus a gennaker.[4]
Vibe X
Model with larger sail area and larger gennaker.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Topaz Dinghy range" (PDF). Topper. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Vibe test Report" (PDF). Yachts & Yachting. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ "ISAF learn to Sail classes". World Sailing. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Browning, Randy (2018). "Topaz Vibe sailboat specifications and details". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  5. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Topper International". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  6. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Ian Howlett". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Topaz Vibe". Topper International. Retrieved 19 March 2017.

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