The Topaz 16 CX catamaran was the boat we used for the 2018 Everglades challenge 300 mile race. The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats. The distance is roughly 300 nautical miles depending on your course selection. There is a time limit of 8 days or less. Your safety and well being are completely up to you.
I sailed the boat single handed in 16-25 Kts of wind. Very stable and responsive to my commands as well as responsive to wind gusts. She does not pitchpole very easy as I had the bows stuffed a few times and the boat recovered on here own to my surprise. She has a few extras such as an additional hiking strap and an extra reef in the sail. The boat did phenomenal in the race, reaching speeds of 15.4 knots in 6-8 ft seas. She cruised upwind very well and handled breaking waves through an inlet with ease due to the rocker in the hulls. Surpassed my expectations with its performance on the water. Boat comes complete with a boat cover.
- Single piece trampoline
- Ronstan Hardware
- English Braids control lines
- Super fast with performance
- Buoyant hulls to handle power,
- Responsive yet stable
- Sealed one piece mast
- Single-line spinnaker system
- Reef points in sail and can be sailed main only easily
- Independant lifting rudder system
- Lightweight hull is easy to launch and recover
- Topaz 16 Spec Sheet
The hulls are constructed using the TRILAM roto-moulding technique used on the Topaz range of sailboats and are very robust and resilient. The hulls incorporate skegs rather than daggerboards so beaching the CAT is safe and simple and the lightweight TRILAM Metalicene hulls are easy to handle ashore and require virtually no maintenance.