Because sailing is the first order of business aboard the Island Hopper, its design aims to make that as effortless as possible. The cockpit is forward, at the base of the mast, and all controls lead to it, even if, as in the case of the sheets for the asymmetric spinnaker, they do so somewhat tortuously. All these lines and their attendant winches and clutches converging in a small space can create a little confusion for the casual visitor, such as a boat reviewer. With practice though, one person, especially if endowed with the moxie and aptitude of the boat's builder, can raise and trim sails, raise and lower the daggerboards, rotate the mast, and operate the engine controls with ease and efficiency. The one thing that the cockpit lacks, however, is a view around or through the headsail when the screecher's set, though a window cut in the sail would improve visibility. As an alternative, a lookout posted on the weather bow or, preferably, the lee stern would be helpful.