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Viper 830

viper.jpg Our last boat was a viper 830. My Dad and I decided to sell the etchells and vector to get the viper as a fun boat to sail together (I hated the etchells downwind and he couldn’t sail on the vector). So we looked into some sportboats and the viper was our solution. We ended up tracking down High Voltage in Ohio and bought it and drove it home. The boat is a lot of fun, and can be very fast (our speed record was ~26kts, we know the speed-o was a little high, but it was probably a 20kt run).

Of course no boat is perfect and the viper was no different in that regard. First we had to stiffen up the doghouse of the boat, as it would flex when you stood on it. Second the pintle was loose and we had to cut it off the boat to fix it. Nothing serious. We also added a forward hatch for setting and dousing the spinnaker which was very nice. Continue reading ‘Viper 830′

Vanguard Vector

29413851.jpg One of the boats we used to own was a Vanguard Vector. It’s definately not a sportboat. It’s a skiff. Nikki and I had a blast on this boat, but it was very wet and a lot of work. It’s a dual trapeze boat designed to be between a 29er and 49er with the ideal crew weight around 300lbs. The boat was rigged very well (simply), but it did have one huge design flaw in my mind.

The huge design flaw was that it would tip over at the dock WITHOUT any sails up. I know it’s because it’s a rounded narrow hull and a tall rig. As soon as the rig would lean over the water over the boat went. In less than 5 seconds unattended the boat would be on it’s side. Continue reading ‘Vanguard Vector’