Viper – The IOM from Mark Dicks

I asked Mark Dicks information about the IOM Viper, fifth in the 2010 European Championships in Martin Roberts hands and he sent me the following:

”  The Viper is a new Mark Dicks design, a simple vice free boat with no extreme features like flare or chines.

The plug was built by John Milne in Scotland in exchange for a set of hull mouldings.

The first prototype was made to our standard built quality, around 200 Gms of internal ballast was fitted to bring it up to weight and Mark Dicks sailed it to start with. Martin Roberts wished to try it and decided to sail it in the 2009 nationals when he placed 3rd.this encouraged us to make another boat, this time to our premium build standard, finished in grey to keep the paint weight down to a min.

The first prototype was sold and I also built a premium build boat for Mark Dicks in the standard Dicks colours of red with black foils.

Martin came second in both of the 2010 Castle Semple ranking races and placed 8th in the 2010 nats with the grey boat which was then sold to a customer if France.

In racing conditions particularly at West Kirby Martin found the grey colour was not as visible as he would like so I have built another boat for him in a dark orange colour to use in the forthcoming Euros, this is another premium build boat with around 400 Gms of internal ballast.

The Viper uses the same foil set and ballast as the Lintel and Widget, all the radio equipment and the sheeting loop are accommodated in the after deck which is the same layout as the Lintel deck, we find this allows maximum access to the equipment and any drum winch can be fitted and changed with ease.

The Viper project continues the precedent we have set with the Lintel and Widget of supplying simple, affordable boats devoid of expensive, complex gadgetry that are focussed on best performance for serious racing skippers who aim to win.

“I have been receiving some enquiries about the boat that Martin Roberts has been campaigning for the last year or two.

“The boat has been quite successful and the time has come to start moulding a production version.

“Dave creed (who has exclusive production rights for the design as a result of the development effort put in) is remoulding it with rounded deck edges to reduce windage and weight and to improve structural integrity along with some changes to the radio gear layout in the after deck all aimed at simplifying build and user friendliness.

“The new moulds will be built from the same plug so apart from the top 15 mm of the hull you can be sure the hull shape is the same as Martins boats.

“Dave has agreed that it is best if I handle all enquiries for now so he can get on with the work, at the moment we can`t quote delivery dates and exact price but if you wish to have a boat and are qualified to sail at the forthcoming Worlds your order will be prioritised

“The boat will only be available initially in Daves premium build level and rigged by Martin to ensure the performance package is the same as the prototypes.”

Is a beautiful boat.

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About Fred Schmidt

Engenheiro Naval interessado em projeto de veleiros radio-controlados. Naval Architect interested in RC sailboats design
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7 Responses to Viper – The IOM from Mark Dicks

  1. Markdicks says:

    fred
    i have a new design for the RG65. are you interested in pictures
    regards
    Mark

    • Fred Schmidt says:

      Hi Mark

      Certainly, i am honored to be able to disseminate and enjoy your work, will always be ready to do so.

      if possible, it would be interesting to disclose, in addition to the figures, some technical peculiarities, as dimensions, etc.

      Cheers

      Fred

  2. Neil Armstrong says:

    Many thanks Mark,
    i thought the boat was being built very light thus getting the C of G as low as possible, do you think this will affect the longevity of the boat though?
    Also, do you know what radio gear Martin uses? Winch, batteries, servo and receiver, this could also save a lot of weight.

  3. mark dicks says:

    the boat martin sailed and the one i sailed at eastbourne are still in the prototype stage. they have been built to “premium build”standard. this means a wrap around moulding with 400gms ballast inside to bring up to weight. there is a new mould being done over winter
    regards
    Mark

    • Fred Schmidt says:

      Hi Mark

      Thanks for the reply, please keep us updated on the Viper and other designs.

      Cheers

      Fred

  4. Fred Schmidt says:

    Hi Neil

    I do not know, but I will invite Mark Dicks to answer for you.

    Cheers

    Fred

  5. Neil Armstrong says:

    Hi All,
    am a BIG Viper fan and saw Martins new orange boat at Eastbourne earlier this year, have just read that this boat is the Premium build boat, when i saw the boat i thought it was the prototype wrap around as it was a little shabby. Am a little confused to which build quality it was?

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