WHERE IS THE VIPER 640 MADE?
The Viper is built by Rondar Raceboats in their UK production facility, Wiltshire.
CAN THE VIPER BE LAUNCHED ON A SLIPWAY OR RAMP?
Yes, it can be easily launched off the trailer. You need about 1.7 ft (0.5 m) depth of water for it to float off. It is also just as easy to recover.
CAN THE BOAT BE TOWED BY A FAMILY CAR?
Yes, most reasonably sized cars can tow the Viper on its Rondar built trailer.
IS IT SIMPLE TO RIG?
Yes, it can usually be rigged in under 40 minutes. The mast can be lowered or raised by two people, either by hand or using the spinnaker halyard.
HOW DO I RAISE OR LOWER THE KEEL?
The Viper is the easiest and safest keel system to raise and lower in the category of smaller sports boats. There is no need for cranes or special tools. The keel is raised and lowered by a simple 6:1 tackle attached to the mast. It is guided precisely into place by two wedges on the side of the keel. When sailing the lifting tackle is stowed in a locker. In the unfortunate event of running aground, the wedges and sacrificial components absorb most of the impact before the hull is damaged.
CAN THE BOAT BE LIFTED USING SINGLE POINT LIFT OR CRANE?
Yes, it has lifting places for a quick crane lift when required.
IS THE VIPER EASY TO SAIL?
Yes, with the extra stability from the keel and simple layout, the Viper is comfortable and has a large well laid out cockpit with no heavy loads – perfect for the family or racing!
HOW MANY CREW ARE NEEDED TO SAIL THE VIPER?
The Viper is primarily raced by three in Grand Prix events. It is easily handled by two and often raced locally by two. It has a cockpit large enough to accommodate four, possibly five. The ideal racing weight is 500-600 lbs
CAN I SAIL A VIPER IN HANDICAP RACING?
Yes – the Viper has an IRC rating, PHRF and a PY handicap number so you can choose to race against dinghies or keelboats, see the handicap page to find out more.
CAN I CAPSIZE A VIPER?
The combination of carbon mast and 220 lb (100 kg) keel bulb (adopted by class in 2006) ensures that the Viper passes the stringent “self-righting” test in the European Recreational Craft Directive and the international stability and buoyancy standard ISO 12217. Like all sport boats, it can get knocked down in a bad broach, but the 262 lb (119 kg) keel enables an easy recovery. The Viper is fast, exciting and responsive to weight but with a fast stable platform both upwind and downwind it is easy for a wide range of sailing abilities to sail well.
IS THE MAST TWO PIECE?
Yes, the two piece carbon mast allows for ease of winter stowage or overseas shipping.
ARE THE CLASS RULES IN PLACE?
Yes, this is a strict one-design with comprehensive rules.
HOW MANY BOATS ARE THERE WORLDWIDE?
240+ in USA and Canada, 28 in Australia and newer fleets underway in UK, Europe, Bermuda and beyond.
WHAT IS THE REGATTA CIRCUIT BEING PLANNED?
The USA has a Pacific Coast circuit, an Atlantic Coast Circuit, a Gulf Coast Circuit, a Great Lakes circuit and a winter series based in Sarasota Florida.
Canada has its own series held in conjunction with the Great Lakes circuit culminating in the Canadian Championship at CORK.
Australia has two regatta circuits, one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast.
The United Kingdom has a full programme of events scheduled for 2015 and beyond.
International Events include the Pan American Championship hosted each year in March in Miami, the Euro Cup hosted alternate years on Lake Garda and in 2016 a Viper regatta hosted at the America’s Cup Base in Bermuda.
IS THE BOAT FITTED WITH QUALITY EQUIPMENT?
Yes, all the best equipment from Harken, North Sails, etc.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Everything! You get the yacht complete with all equipment to race or cruise, the sails and a road trailer.