March 4, 2013

Project: Viking 75 Motor Yacht

What goes around comes around is a popular saying and one that emerges again at Viking, as the US builder announces plans to build a new 75 Motor Yacht.  Viking exited the motor yacht market with the last 60 Cockpit Sport Yacht delivered in 2001. This model was a strong performer and during its reign was recognized by Boating magazine as Boat of the Year in 1995. Much has changed in the motor yacht arena over the past decade and the development of the new 75 Motor Yacht, a strategic collaboration between the Viking design team and the firm of Michael Peters of Sarasota, Florida, reflects a number of innovations and refinements in this portion of the market. The exterior profile is sleek, curvy and embodies a number of style cues from the Viking convertibles including the teardrop salon windows, and distinctive molded feature lines in the hull and superstructure. The fiberglass hardtop and raked side supports replicates the look of the Sky Bridge, a very popular appointment found aboard enclosed bridge convertibles. An integrated molded swim platform is planked with teak for secure footing for boarding, as well as water sports activities. Shapely port lights and master stateroom hull side windows contribute style and function, and the full wrap-around anodized aluminum bow rail and wide side decks make for convenient passage when moving forward to handle dock lines or anchoring. The 75 Motor Yacht starts with a freshly designed hull to take full advantage of the available power, Viking also opted for a convertible style running surface renowned for ease of handling and sea-keeping ability. The first boat, which will deliver in early fall of 2014 will have a pair 1925hp Caterpillars, with speed estimated going for a 30 knots cruise and a mid thirty top end. The Viking 75 Motor Yacht tri-level layout demonstrates an intelligent use of space with accents on family comfort and usability. Twin molded fiberglass staircases lead from the teak planked swim platform to the aft deck with its U-shape lounge and table. A glass door slides open to the salon this featuring a custom made sofa and cocktail table on the port side faces teak cabinetry with a built-in entertainment center and flat screen television, which rises on an electric lift. Moving forward, the center area combines a formal dining area with seating for eight, and a galley.  A lower helm station is complemented with a pair of leather seats and additional seating is available at the port settee. Lounge seating also is provided forward on the main exterior deck, along with a large sun pad making this a most versatile area at the dock or under way.  Below, accommodations include five nicely proportioned staterooms, each with its own head and shower, including a full beam master suite and crew quarters with private access from the stern.  Topside, the flying bridge deck is ideal for entertaining and relaxing with multiple lounges, a wet bar and grilling area and a center line helm. The Viking 75 Motor Yacht will have its inaugural appearance for the fall of 2014.