Submitted: 08-27-2000 by Einar
Great boat for creeking in the Northwest, boofs: excellent, pourovers & drops: excellent, rolls well, and surfs good. Very slow attainment and too full in bow for eddyline work although a nice pourover will get enders, just punch it in. Great in a holes and releases easily. I filled in the sides with foam and put in a forward bulkhead to speed the water exit in a roll; can roll to near dry, 2" of water. Above average stability when full of water. Really lousy, cheap manufacturers airbags, try not to buy them. Double check the manufacturers placement of the seat/harness; the boat can be set up too stern heavy and as it is assimetrical it will squat. Easy to set up in a no-thigh-strap rig with knee cups in a bow bulkhead and toe blocks although you should move the thwart to support the bulkhead. All these comments come from paddling a Viper 11 as a reference, doesn't carve as sharply and is slower. Took the boat down to Idaho and on the Staircase and Loscha falls the boat excells.