Topaz Sailing Dinghy

By Zuzana Prochazka

Topaz sailing dinghy now dubbed as “Boat in a Box” can be shipped anywhere. 

If you haven’t checked out the Topaz sailing dinghy, you now have one more reason to learn about this award winning design because it you can get it shipped just about anywhere in the US with minimal shipping costs.  Topaz is a roto-molded tri-lam polyethelene,  multi-purpose sailing dinghy developed in England by designers Ian Howlet and Rob White.   It’s easy to sail but provides quite a few thrills.  

One hull with an upgradable rig, the Topaz can be built into four different boats to accommodate a variety of sailing abilities.  The boat is virtually indestructible and is designed to be low maintenance with no gel coat or fiberglass to repair.  The construction provides a perfect combination of stiffness, durability and moderate weight.  

But the concept just got better as it can now be shipped in new, environmentally friendly, custom packaging that can come to you via UPS anywhere in the US. 

The packaging was designed by Virginia Tech University students and faculty who were asked to create lightweight, inexpensive, packaging, that is easy and efficient to assemble, using green technology, to protect the Topaz sailing dinghy during cross-country shipping.

The result is packaging that is affordable, weighs less than 45 pounds, and can be assembled quickly. The students designed two custom, light-weight, recyclable corrugated pallets, with lift points, in addition to a unique cradle system, also made of recyclable corrugated material. The cradle is then affixed to the top of the pallets and both protects and stabilizes the hull of the boat.

Voila, a Boat in a Box. 

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Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,
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