March 27, 2012

Project: Viking 55 Convertible

Viking shows up the project for a new 55 Convertible, what I imagine to be a replacement of the not so much selling 54.  The new 55 is scheduled for launch coming Summer and will boast an interior designed by William Bales and Company.  The interior is never the less traditional sport fish yacht with a comfortable single floor main deck, and three cabins below.  The 55 Convertible offers one single options in both the deck from an island bar, or worktop up to the side bulk head by the galley on top, or a fore cabin with three berths, or an island more luxury double below.  The owners room in the 55 is located to midships, starboard side, and features an en-suite bathroom.  Another two single berths guest cabin is located to port side.  As other small or bigger Vikings the 55 is all but a fishing machine from the big aft deck, to the center console helm station on the flybridge.  Fish boxes, freezer, tackle space, live bait storage are all found at aft, and this includes the much appreciated mezzanine aft looking settee.  Power is from standard 1400hp MAN to optional 1550 again from the German engine manufacturer, or more powerful Cats 1625.  Viking is predicting a wide open throttle 39 knots with MAN 1550hp engines.