July 9, 2008

Projects: Viking 82 Convertible, Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge, Viking 57 Convertible

The terrific success of the Viking 74 was a premonition of greater things to come. So it should come as no surprise that an even larger Viking Convertible is in the works and its time is near. The Viking 82 Convertible represents another ground breaking design that only Viking can produce thanks to there in-house design team. Add this invaluable expertise to the thousands of hours racked up by the tournaments winning demo program, which helps dial in the features and performance required to make this yacht a winner. And finally, factor in the skills of more than 1,400 yacht builders that constantly seek ways to build a better boat every day and ladies and gentlemen you have one simply incredible sportfishing yacht. The profile of the Viking 82 is as recognizable at the dock of a yacht club banquet as it is on the 1,000 fathom line. The aggressively raked stem, the gorgeous sheer and the symphony of soft, seamless curves are a true feast for the eyes. But the subtleties are abundant and equally exquisite. The foredeck, for example, is flush with a gentle crown, which quietly hints at the substantial headroom below in each of the four staterooms. Freeboard forward is nearly nine feet, yet a modest three feet in the cockpit, which makes it safe and effortless for the crew to release billfish unharmed. With a maximum beam of more than 21 feet, a lesser design would look chunky and clunky, but the Viking 82 wears its measurements like a runway model. This is one stunningly beautiful yacht. The substantial beam allows a salon of epic proportions with hand-finished teak joinery throughout. Entered through an electric sliding door, theL-shaped sofa with stowage below provides an excellent vantage to relax and enjoy the entertainment on the screen of the 52-inch plasma television, which rises from cabinetry on the starboard side. A dinette to port and bar stools at the granite topped galley counter to starboard create a relaxing and practical environment for formal dining, as well as grabbing snacks between marlin strikes. The galley is motoryacht class with gourmet appliances and stowage capabilities to cruise for weeks on end. A companionway to port leads to four staterooms, plus private crew quarters for two, which also includes a head with shower and access to the engineroom and cockpit. In the master suite located amidships for maximum comfort and privacy, there is a king-size bed with stowage below, a settee, a dressing table, an entertainment system, a chest of drawers and an oversized fiberglass shower stall in the head. An offset companionway leads to three additional staterooms, each with a private head and shower. Due to the generously sized staterooms, there is flexibility in the sleeping accommodations with both queen and double berth arrangements. With more than enough tournament trophies to stock a hardware store, the Viking 74 proved beyond any doubt that it could out dance a billfish with pomp and circumstance to spare. And you will fine these same elements in the cockpit of the 82 Convertible. Boasting 235 square feet of working space, the cockpit features Viking signature mezzanine deck beneath the flying bridge overhang for protection against sun and spray. Misters are available to counter tropical heat naturally. It also features built-in under-mount freezers, tackle and gear stowage, along with engineroom access. Insulated fiberglass bait wells, fish wells, and stowage wells, all with stainless-steel gas strut supports, are deep and spacious and a transom well can be set up as another live well or handy fish baling box. A walk-through transom door, port and starboard Glendinning Cablemasters, fresh and raw-water washdown systems, flush rod holders, stainless-steel hardware, side stowage lockers and a salon step box cooler briefly touch on the extensive list of standard equipment. The open flying bridge features a center helm console with power assisted hydraulic steering and electronic engine controls with trolling valves. Electronics stow neatly beneath clear acrylic panels for all-weather use and dual radio boxes provide additional room. Port and starboard bench seats conceal rod stowage below and built-in freezer and refrigeration space is standard ahead of the helm station. Three Murray Products helm seats with teak ladder backs and stainless-steel hardware and pedestals provide comfort and superb visibility. With its Palm Beach Towers custom tuna tower and magnificent Atlantic Marine Electronics package, the new Viking 82 Convertible will be fully outfitted for tournament fishing and long range cruising. The Viking 82 Convertible will be powered with MTU Series 2000 diesels affording a cruise speed of 30 knots and a top end in the mid-30 knot range depending upon engine selection, load and sea conditions. The new Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge is the more comfortable version for the 82 Convertible model, adding the extra comforts of an extra third pilot house deck. The air conditioned enclosed bridge will feature a center helm seat forward flanked by twin leather upholstered companion seats, a raised settee and teak table, wet bar with refrigerator and entertainment system. Access to the bridge is via the cockpit ladder or a spiral staircase from the salon. A control station on the aft deck eases maneuverability backing into a slip or working a fish near the boat. The new 57 Convertible will feature a robust hull with a beautiful sheer, a curvy, creamy smooth deckhouse with Viking’s new teardrop window lines and black mask windshield, a low profile wraparound flying bridge and 157 square-feet in the cockpit, including a spacious observation mezzanine. Ideally suited for tournament fishing, as well as long distance cruising, the new 57 Convertible will feature a three-stateroom, two-head layout for plenty of comfort and privacy thanks to the offset companionway, which utilizes space to its maximum efficiency. Equally inviting, the salon is plush and finely appointed with a 37-inch flat screen television and surround sound entertainment system. The starboard side galley merges practicality and fine living with Corian counter tops, abundant stowage, under counter Sub-Zero refrigeration, a microwave convection oven, and a three-burner electric cooktop. The 57 Convertible standard power is MAN V12 1360 CRM diesels. A higher performance package with twin V12 1550 CRM MANs also is available.

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