will seat 4 adults comfortably. Storage is under the deck and under
the front seat. It is not a roomy boat. The boat handles the
rougher water at low speeds surprisingly well.
an inline six for power the Viper will run in the mid to upper 60's.
The acceleration is fair with a 115, but you can trim it to the moon and
feel very safe and very high. One drawback to the Viper is its
ability to handle waves or rough water at speed. If you spend a lot
of time behind the wheel you gain a little more confidence crossing wakes,
but it almost always feels like impending doom! Another drawback to
the Viper is that it sits low to the water at the transom (even with an
inline). This causes the boat to take on water coming off plane or
when anchored. With a V-6 you have to come off plane slowly or you
will swamp the boat.
a V-6 for power this little boat becomes a rocket. It planes much
quicker, needs less trim to fly, and has awesome acceleration. The
boat feels pretty stable up to 80-85 if you are an experienced
pilot. After that it feels really light.
Viper is not a very good weight-carrying hull. It has a tendency to
porpoise with weight in the boat over 25 mph and until it gets on the
pad. With the pad filled in, it makes the porpoise much better and a
big blade chopper helps more. For top speed, a Cleaver prop works well as it
helps reduce the harsh reality of blowover which is one of the dangers we
have to live with due to Pipkorn's "Delta-V" design. A
healthy Merc 2.5 200 HP will see speeds in the low 90's. Those with
aspirations of 100+ mph: forget it...blowover no longer becomes a question
of if, but more like when....
in all, the Viper is an excellent hot rod. It can do it all: tow
skiers, take up to 4 adults cruising, and scare the pants off of you with
its awesome speed and bow-light feeling.