Top Hat 25

AU $13,000 Negotiable
25' 11" - 7.90m
Vessel Location
Sydney NSW Insurance
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP GRP

We've reluctantly decided to list our Tophat mark 1 which we have had for 3 years.

Currently cruising the east coast of Australia, although her home port has been Sydney harbour for the last 3 years. Weve sailed her up to the Kepple Isles and back in sometimes 40 knots and 5 m seas. It is amazing how seaworthy and tough these boats are.

Before the east coast trip which we are currently on we often sailed between Central Coast And Jervis bay. Sometimes in large seas and High Winds. Kia Kaha has always been a sea Kindly, Safe Boat.

She would be one of the first Tophat M1's as she comes with an overigged double spreader mast with 6.5mm stays and double backstays. All of this is under 3 years old.

Unstepped the mast in Decemeber 2016. Replaced the mast head sheaves, and exit sheaves on the mast.

Replaced the 2 backstays.

All running rigging is new.

Haarkan Winches

Spinlock Clutches

Ronstan leads.

2 CQR anchors(1= 20pounds, other 27 pounds)

1 danforth

1 fibreglass dinghy- seen better days but works.

All lines come back to Cockpit, however i do still have the mast winches.

Sail Inventory consists of a loose footed fully battened main in good condition, a reefable 1/2 jib, a number 3 in fair condition and a storm jib in great condition.

The headsail is set up with a downhaul system for quick dousing of the headsail. Works a treat.

She comes with a TP22 Tiller pilot bought in July 2017, still under warranty and working well. Oversized for this boat.

Waeco 40L fridge Freezer. Dune 80 L Esky which has been used to replace the cabin Steps which i still have.

450w Inverter.

2 140AH AGM &1 40AH Deep Cycle batteries purchased June 2017

100Watt Flexible solar panel velcroed to cabin top roof. (i made space for a second one behind this one which would use the same conduit.

Outboard alternator charging, which works exceptionally well.

Solar plug for another panel in forward cabin.

Home made bimini, works very well.


New LED Nav Lights

12 v dc Fan

usb and dc charging

magma coal bbq

Fire Extinguisher

vavuud wind meter(works with phone/tablet)

new Epirb Aug/17

Pioneer Stereo With Remote, Bose Speakers. Very good stereo!

ICom Handheld VHF Radio.

150L brand new Plastimo Water Bladder(june 2017)

30L water Jerries.

73 L Petrol Jerries Including connected to Outboard.

8HP mercury Outboard. Works very well, always serviced.

Furlex furler 200s not fitted included with extrustions

Interior lights are normal and ive specifically kept them as they have a beautiful warm glow. Im not a fan of LED lights with their cold glow. However the nav lights are LED and ive installed battery LEDs throughour the interior, so you have both. With 320AH of batteries its not an issue to have the nice warm glow at night when you want to feel really homely.

The outboard never saw much use before this trip, however on the trip up and down the eastcoast winter 2017, shes been used a fair bit. Always serviced, gear oil changed often etc shes never missed a beat.

The negatives of this boat arent many, however antifoul is needed and hasnt been done since 2015. Topsides could do with a paint.

Cosmetically she could do with a paint, however this doesnt affect the seaworthiness of this vessel.

stern rail a bit loose as i havent been skinny enough to get in the cockpit lockers to tighten

the nav light wiring up forward could be routed a ilttle better, all working fine though.

sail cover isnt in the best condition.

She is pretty much ready to go anywhere and would suit someone wishing to undertake voyages.

We have just done 1800nm on her and im always amazed how well she handles the rough stuff. These boats really are amazing.

Reasonable offers considered.

Reason for selling is just out of boat exhaustion! Kia Kaha has dominated our lives the past 3 years but its been great.

AU $13,000 Negotiable       Insurance
25' 11" - 7.90m
Keel / Ballast
Vessel Location
Sydney Nsw
New South Wales
Rego Expiry
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP GRP
Decks Material
8hp 2 stroke
Engine Make
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Fuel Consumption
2L p/h
Max Speed
Cruise Speed
5.5 knots
150L water tank(Consumable)and 30L potable jerrys.
Sail, engine, winch, tiller, boom covers.
Large V berth main cabin, double bed sized. Mattress is a deluxe double semi foam/air mattress
full length sea berth in main cabin stbd side, slightly shorter berth on port side.
Large vberth cabin with ample under berth storage.
Large v berth ebables you to sleep in any direction. 2 sea berths in main cabin
Canvas shower with brass full size shower head for use in the cockpit.
Jabsco manual toilet
Pioneer stereo with added bose speakers and a remote control. Usb, cd, radio. Very loud and very nice sound!
Dc fan
Double burner meth stove, fold up galley bench, ss sink, plate, cup storage, plates, pan, pots, cutlery.
Waeco cf40 fridge/freezer. Dune 80L Esky in place of the companionway steps.
As above
As above
Hot Water
Ground Tackle
27pound CQR
Safety Gear
Epirb 7/7/17
life ring
Bilge Pumps
Auto and manual bilge pumps
Life Raft
Life Jackets
Fire Protection
Fireblanket and extinguisher
2 140a/h deep cylce batteries purchased july 2017.1 40a/h battery purchased 11/16.320a/h total. Alternator charging from outboard working exceptionally well. 1 100 flexible panel with controller on cabin roof. Room for one more of these to go behind it.
Electronics / Navigation
1 times handheld Garmin chartplotter with aus/nz Garmin Charts. TP22 simrad Tiller pilot(purchased July 2017 still under warranty)
ICom Handheld VHF. Complete paper charts for the East Coast of Australia, dividers and a chartplotter (Ruler)
Sail Inventory
Fully battened loose footed Main. 2 years old in pretty good condition. #1/2 reefable headsail in pretty good condition. #3 in fair condition and a storm jib in top condition.
Mast / Rigging
Overigged boat. 6.5 mm stays under 5 years old with the 2 backstays replaced last december. Solid thick mast, double spreader rig. Very rare and quite possibly an illingsworth designed rig when he was here at thte time of building(so i hear!) Spare chain plates, new exit sheaves and new masthead sheaves. All new running rigging. Downhaul system for jib and a 200s furlex furler not installed with Extrussions in good condition. Spinlock clutches, haarken winches.
Ill repeat myself about the strength and integrity of this boat. Sailing in 40 knots passing 40+ ft production boats motoring in the great sandys recently, or Sailing from Jervis Bay past point perpendicular in 5m seas and 25 knots tells me that this boat will handle anything. Id have no qualms sailing this boat to Tassie or NZ which is the plan if she doesnt sell, however id like to give sailing a rest for a while. She heaves to and sails like a solid 40 foot vessel without the costs of a larger boat.
Ive been somewhat of a sailing junky since having this boat and its time to focus on some other things!
The layout of this boat (being a home fit out) is actually a blessing. Living aboard for 4 months with a partner, you have the same space yet more room as shes not fitted with alot of cupboards & the restriction of a dinnette table. The lack of this dinette table disapointed me when i first inspected her however after 4 months living aboard id much prefer the extra space. 2 of us and can lay in comfort, watching movies through the sound system which you just couldnt do as comfortably if she was your typical Tophat layout.
She is very comfortable which is what you want. Having said this Ive added a dinnette table that has 2 part hinges. This dinnette table is the base f the main bed, and a cockpit table using the 2 part hinges. Works beautifully when you need it - see pics, but we never really used it except for the odd large roast dinner. Ive made a conscious effort to keep the weight down from the ends of the boat hence the flexible panel and the home made bimini(which holds in 40 knots) I thought long and hard about these things- even buying and installing a framed bimini only to take it off and sell it new for half what i paid for it. We had 0 issues with this boat set up as she is. She is a champion vessel and to get such a boat equipped as she is would cost alot of money and involve alot of time to set up.
All the pictures are within 12 months. Most of the pictures are within a few months. The red deck grip was painted over with white kiwigrip in september 2016 as it was wearing off and made the interior very hot on a summers day.
the 150L water tank recently installed has been sterilised and used as our main drinking water supply. The 30L ferrys we would use for showers/washing clothes. Having this much water on a little boat is really valuable especially when you are away for a few weeks at a time.

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