Designed by Ian Howlett and designer/builder Rob White, the Mango is a low cost, mass produced, user friendly family dinghy . The Mango makes gennaker performance sailing easy. The boat is simplicity itself to rig and launch, the fantastic control systems are childs play, and the Topaz level construction quality guarantees the lowest maintenance family sailboat ever produced. The dynamic yet forgiving Howlett hull is married to an extremely controllable rig that is perfect for less experienced sailors but will also provide that extra oomph on demand.
The Mango will happily welcome the whole family aboard for a relaxed days sailing. The boat has comfortable capacity for four as the Selden gnav system makes for a roomy cockpit area. This clever hull design even allows you to remove the thwart seat from the centre of the cockpit to add even more space. The Mango is supplied with built-in storage compartments in the cockpit and the transom areas.
The Mango is also perfect for teaching youngsters or beginners. The modern and easily handled rig and can even be reefed for less experienced crews or in high winds. The slab reefing main can be reduced or increased depending on the conditions and crew on the day. The furling jib means you can transform the Mango to a powerful singlehander and you can also keep the powerful gennaker under wraps until you are ready. The gennaker system is supremely efficient and even young sailors can raise or lower the gennaker on a single line launch as smoothly as the professionals.
If the Topper Magno doesn't look big enough for your family, how about the Magno's new big sister the Omega? It is a joy to sail for 1 - 5 people. See Topper's website for details.
I just did a sailing course and spent half a day in the magno. It put the biggest smile on my face all week. I sailed it with my instructor doing the "racing starts" i needed for my RYA stage 3 and i had so much fun tacking between bouys for 30 minutes. You feel so much more power than in a laser pico (not that i dont adore the pico) the steerings heaivier and you feel your in control of a real brute such as in the car world a heavy supercar from the 70s or 80s rather than the pico a nimble agile toyota aygo
The Magno is a great boat. I have been sailing all day in one. Very fast and responsive.
The Current PY Number for the Magno is 1175 according to Topper. However, some clubs are beginning to handicap it lower I understand. You will see some race results quoted on the web where Magno's have competed and entered under a PY of 1200. This is wrong! I believe it is people mis-reading the current RYA yardstick list and using the Topaz PY which is 1200, as there is no Magno specific PY currently published. Hopefully as the class grows and they are entered into more handicap races a proper PY will be formed and published.