August 28, 2013

New Model: Viking 52 Open Bridge Convertible

Launched in June, the new Viking 52 Convertible is another impressive addition to this builders renowned stable of blue-water tournament contenders. As you would expect from Viking, this model evolves from recent introductions before it including the 42, 55 and the 62. In a commitment to build a better boat every day it is insufficient to merely add a fresh face to the line up unless it incorporates the latest treatments and engineering milestones and the new Viking 52 has all this and more. The resin infused hull boasts a sophisticated matrix of composite materials including end-grain balsa coring, DuPont Kevlar, and knitted fiberglass laminates. The one-piece deckhouse assembly stretching from the bow pulpit to the inner transom liner features carbon fibre in its composite structure. A moulded fiberglass forepeak liner forward of the engine room sheds weight by incorporating the outer walls and floor, the lower port bunk, the sink base module and the shower pan for both heads, and the forward starboard bunk base. Maple lined interior hanging locker doors and cabinet and drawer fronts utilize a lightweight honeycomb core material. Continuing along its evolutionary trail, the forward entry is sharpened to knife through head seas. The convex hull shape adds buoyancy and moulded strakes on the bottom provide lift for planning efficacy. As a whole, these hull and the V-bottom features and the 11.8 degree transom deadrise, utilize horsepower most efficiently for better speed and faster throttle response in keeping with the theme of all new Vikings.  The three-stateroom, two-head layout offers a choice of sleeping arrangements in the bow. The standard layout features crossover berths with the lower a double bunk and the upper port side berth a large single. This will be the stateroom layout on hull number one. A second plan is available offering a custom queen berth. On both versions, the master is fitted with a walk-around queen bed and is served with a private head and shower. A third stateroom to port has upper and lower berths. The port and forward staterooms are separated by a shared head and shower. Ample stowage is provided in the three staterooms with large maple-lined hanging lockers, credenzas, and deep drawer space, as well as beneath each bunk. A laundry center in the companionway is standard. The salon is inviting and the area is well proportioned thanks to five meters plus beam for relaxation and entertainment with an L-shape lounge, a home theatre system, a dinette, and an L-shape galley complemented with Amtico flooring, and an island fronted with a pair of bar stools. Rich Juno teak joinery and furniture throughout the yacht, custom designer furnishings and dry good create a spectacular aura of refinement and luxury. The 142 square-foot cockpit offers the convenience and comfort of the observation mezzanine, while the flying bridge showcases Viking exclusive centre console helm station arrangement with flanking lounges and forward seating.  Engine choices is three MAN engines; from 1000 to 1400hp. Hull number one was powered by MAN 1400hp diesels providing a cruise speed of 35 knots and a top end of 40 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.4 m (57.3ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 16.2 m
Waterline Length - 13.9 m
Beam - 5.3 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 30,699 kg with standard MAN 1000hp
Fuel Capacity - 4550 l (5553 l with optional tank)
Water Capacity - 704 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN V8 1000hp, V12 CRM 1200hp, 1400hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 40 knots max, 35 cruise with MAN 1400hp
Hull Shape - convex Vee with sharp entry and 11.8 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - resin infused, with end grain balsa core, DuPont Kevlar, and Carbon fiber