One of my sailing pals, IoW Len, recently managed to buy a Topper that somehow found her way to south FLA. The Topper, designed by Ian Proctor, but little known here in the US is almost Moth size at 11 feet, 1inch long. The Topper is viewed as a successful "pathway" dinghy class in the UK and is the next rung up the sailing ladder from Optimist dinghies. Many of the UK youth "sailor of the year" award winners come from the Topper class.
Early hulls featured fiberglass construction. More recently, the boats have switched to injection molding and are built out of polypropylene. Yes, the same stuff that fades on your car bumpers. A little known fact about polypropylene is that faded items can be "refreshed" by carefully running a heat gun over them! (See video clip above).
|The deck of the Topper as purchased|
|The same deck after heat gun treatment.|
|Scuzzy bottom (above) and transom (below) prior to general cleaning followed by heat gun treatment.|
|Same bottom and transom afterwards.|
|The Topper's hull shape is very reminiscent of Lewis Twitchell's 1953 Moth World Champion Flying Saucer.|