December 3, 2018

Project: Viking 38 Open

The Viking Yacht Company is proud to announce the addition of the 38 Open.  The 38 Open will share platform with the upcoming 38 Billfish, both of which are models based on the outgoing 37 Billfish.  The 38 Open presents itself as an owner operator sportfish cruiser and Viking's entry level model, offering simplicity and ease of maintenance, serving as ready-to-go fishing machine equipped for inshore and offshore missions as well as a versatile cruising boat with reliable inboard diesel power.  The 38 Open and Billfish apart sharing same hull, cockpit, and have a similar mechanical arrangement but differ in command deck and bridge configurations. The ten square meters cockpit is equipped with a laminated mounting plate in the deck for fighting chair, rocket launcher or table installations. Other features include in-deck insulated fish boxes port and starboard, a walk-through transom door and lift gate, a bait freezer with upper tray, a transom fish box and live well, rod holders, tackle storage and fresh and raw-water wash downs. Both boats feature two-person seats flanking the center-line walk-through. There’s refrigerated drink storage, as well as ample general storage throughout.  The 38 Open’s command deck also has ample seating, with port and starboard L-shaped lounges and storage below. A raised centerline command station gives the driver excellent sight lines and is equipped with a fiberglass helm pod, power-assist hydraulic steering with stainless steel wheel and Palm Beach style controls. Viking’s Palm Beach Towers can outfit the 38 Open with a custom tuna tower with a second helm and a buggy top.  The 38 Open has a cabin layout geared more toward day boating, featuring a starboard-side sofa with storage. The galley and head with enclosed shower are positioned on the port side. The galley features Corian counter-tops, two-burner electric stoves, microwave/convection ovens, cabinet storage and under-counter drawer-style refrigeration with built-in ice makers.  The forward cabin has a lower double bunk and an upper single with a starboard-side hanging locker.  As construction goes Viking 38 series will be build with a modified vinylester resin used in the entire hull skin. End-grain balsa and closed-cell foam are used as coring materials in selected areas for optimized strength and stiffness while minimizing weight. The single integral fiberglass fuel tank, sealed to the hull with resin foam, is resin infused with balsa coring on all sides for stiffness. The hull-to-deck joint is mechanically fastened every three inches and fiber-glassed inside.  The Viking 38 Open will be powered with twin Cummins 550hp.  The Viking 38 Open will launch in January 2019, with a World wide preview at the February Miami boat show.

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