January 8, 2009

Projects: Viking 42 Open, Viking 42 Convertible

For 44 years Viking has devoted itself to building competitive sportfishing boats, so even in hazy economic times such as we are experiencing today, Viking refuses to rest on its laurels. While it has been a tradition at Viking to introduce new models on a regular basis, for each boat that is launched, there are others waiting in the wings of it's design department’s drawing boards. Rather than adjusting to market trends, the forward thinking philosophy that drives Viking provides a backlog of future models. Two such models whose time may have arrived are the new entry level to Viking's exquisite range of Sportfish boats, the 42 Convertible and the Viking 42 Open, which are candidates for launching in this 2009 year. While these new project models share the same length and hull, they are as unique as day and night. The above Viking 42 Open, appears to be the ideal day boat with rakish good looks, but frankly the US builder declares it is much more of a cruiser with timeless lines. The standard layout features a forward stateroom, twin berths beneath the command deck, a full head and shower, a compact galley to starboard and a dinette to port. Also available is an alternative layout with accommodations for four in two private staterooms along with two heads, each with a fiberglass shower stall. The berths tucked in beneath the command bridge boost the sleeping capacity to six. This space becomes available due to use of Volvo IPS drives, a significant departure from other Vikings. As you would expect from Viking, the cockpit has a tournament pedigree and the command bridge includes three pedestal helm seats, along with plenty of lounge seating and ample creature comforts. The project of Viking 42 Convertible is another incredibly well proportioned Sportfish Cruiser, with its nearly 16 feet of beam it allows three staterooms and two heads below with room and comfort to spare. Likewise in the deckhouse, every available inch has been put to good use with a comfortable sofa, a dinette and a practical galley. The cockpit sports Viking’s signature observation mezzanine - something rare on this size, while the flying bridge exhibits every amenity found on its larger siblings, albeit in a scaled down version. Initial specifications call for the Volvo IPS pod drive system. These two project models demonstrate Viking’s pulse on the emerging entry level market, and an extra more reason why Viking Yachts is considered one of the worldwide leaders in luxurious, high performance convertible yachts.

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