The Viper had many positive attributes, but we were especially impressed with the efficiency of its systems. A common snafu of small performance boats is the cockpit clutter and line snarls that can develop. On the Viper, all controls lead where they need to go, creating a cockpit layout that is clean, simple and efficient. Sail controls are easy to adjust, even under load, which allows the crew to get their heads out of the boat and into the tactics at hand. The boat is intended for a crew of three or four; class rules allow a maximum crew weight of 540 pounds, so crew selection should be easy. The judging panel agreed that it won’t require a team of big, strong and nimble athletes to race and enjoy the boat.