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Rondar Raceboats were appointed the class builder for the Viper 640 in late 2005. Rondar has been in business making racing sailboats continuously since 1965. Paul Young has been President of Rondar since 1991. Rondar has earned a reputation as a pre-eminent builder of fast one-design race boats. Rondar boats have won World championships in numerous classes including the Contender, the 420, the Fireball, the Enterprise and most notably the highly competitive 5-0-5 class. Eighteen out of the last twenty 5-0-5 world championships have been won in a Rondar hull. Rondar's team of engineers, riggers and craftsmen have prepared boats for Olympic medalists and local club champions. Their reputation for quality and technical expertise is second to none and we could not be more pleased with their work as our class builder. Rondar are based near Devizes in the county of Wiltshire, United Kingdom and produce between 200 and 250 boats a year. In 2011 Rondar established Rondar Raceboats USA in Peabody, MA, USA to build and service collegiate dinghies and Vipers more effectively for the North American market. US production of Vipers at Rondar Raceboats began in September 2012.
What does a new Viper Cost?
A single boat purchase is $34,995 USD including a galvanized trailer and sails, with discounts available for fleet purchases of 3 or more boats delivered together. If you are interested in pooling with other Class Association members, please contact your nearest Rondar Raceboats USA Rep or fill out the information request form and a Rondar representative will contact you.
Ordering a New Viper
- The starting point for ordering a new Viper is to review and complete an order form, and contact your nearest Rondar Raceboats USA Rep to submit your order, specifying the boat and deciding which options you would like to order.
- If you have questions prior to placing an order, send contact your Rondar Rep indicating your interest in a new Viper. It is helpful if you say where you are from and what options you are considering. Feel free to ask any questions. They will help finalize your order and give you a price for the total package. Once you've completed your order, email or fax the order form to Rondar - Rondar will take a 10% deposit.
- The Class Association will provide you with the name of a "tuning partner". This is an existing Viper owner, usually one from your nearest fleet. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about sailing or buying a Viper.
- Rondar actually make "your" boat. You don't just get the next one off the line. Your boat will stay competitive for a very long time.