The Viking Yacht Company has been in business for about forty five years now, building luxury performance cruising and sport-fishing yachts. The company was founded by brothers Bill and Bob Healey in '64, when they purchased a small, financially struggling New Jersey manufacturer of thirty-seven foot, wooden sport fishing boats called Peterson-Viking Builders. Today, Viking Yachts is a leading producer of semi custom fiberglass yachts with more than 4,000 boats under its name.
Of those, these are the top 10 Viking Yachts of all time.
Viking 42 ST
Viking has been known to combine one model's features with the other, as is evident with the Viking 42 Open and 42 Convertible, which have the same hull with noticeably different interior and deck arrangements. The 42 ST is fitted with a tuna tower from Palm Beach Towers, and is ideal for cruising the Bahamas, cobia hunting, and riding the sailfish circuit. It has a characteristic New England taste and comes with an option for a custom fiberglass layer for the antennas.
The 42 ST also features the twin mezzanine cockpit familiar with the 42 Open. These models are a thrilling addition to the Viking yachts with their dramatic design combined with the eclectic running attributes of the sea-friendly resin infused hull boosted by Cummins QSC 600mhp diesels and the protruding pod drive propulsion system.
The Viking 55C is a blue water champion, introduced in 1996 at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat show. The model came with a completely new style and out-competed its rival not only with its stunning performance, but also its superstar popularity that skyrocketed its sales. More than 150 models were built over the next 5 years, the most that have ever produced in that size range until now. In terms of performance, the boat could reach a top speed of 40 knots plus. The 55 convertible is ideal for those who love to fish offshore and sleep late.
Viking 37 Billfish
When it comes to fishing, some things never change. This was inspiration behind the construction of the Viking 37 Billfish. Designed with the iconic Rybovich and Merritt day boats of the bygone era in mind, the yacht pays homage to the memory of these vintage vessels by featuring an upgraded styling and modern, more durable materials. As a result, the yacht offers attractive overnight accommodations, easier maintenance, and better performance.
A vital part of the Viking yachts collection, the 37B is designed to feel equally at home Pacific-fishing in the Costa Rica, blue-marlin in Bahamas, and home-fishing for sails on the shore of the Palm Beach. With air conditioning available on the command deck, fishermen on the southern end wishing to hide from the heat can find comfort and relief in the easily accessible cockpit.
Viking 60 combined the agility and swiftness of a Sport-fish with the comfort of a cruiser, giving the owner the best of both worlds. The boat offers excellent views from the fly-bridge, and is basically designed for speed. While steering is effortless and instantaneous, backing is a little harder and requires creating some distance from the helm.
Featuring a twin MAN 2840 LE401 ten-cylinder diesel engine that could produce 820hp, the yacht can achieve a maximum speed of 33mph and a cruising speed of 28mph. Its smart design is mostly responsible for the boat's impressive speed. The cockpit extension tapers upwards to create a hydrodynamic wedge, leading to extra lift from the base. This model was extremely powerful and in 1995, it was recognized as the Boat of the Year by Boating magazine.
Viking 75 Motor Yacht
Viking stopped producing motor yachts after the final Viking 60 was delivered in 2001. The development of the 75 motor yacht came from a strategic partnership between the Michael Peters Yacht Design corporation based in Sarasota, Florida, and the Viking Yacht in-house design team. The outside profile is smooth, curvy and covers several style cues from the company's convertibles including the familiar molded feature lines in the superstructure and hull, as well as the teardrop salon windows. The raked side and fiberglass hardtop has the same look as the Sky Bridge.
Capitalizing on the 75 Motor Yacht's success, the Viking design team decided to progress with a new series of bigger models. The first wave in this new trend was the Viking 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht. The boat steered away from the luxurious, powerful cruiser and transitioned into a blue water yacht fisherman, heading on a 3-week vacation one day, and creating the perfect platform for a tournament fishing the next.
The cockpit occupies 108 sq. ft. and is accessible via dual teak planked stairs. Below the deck there is an inviting paddle boarding, diving, fishing, and other fun water activities. The lounge, which is 9 feet wide, is integrated into the mezzanine featuring an array of useful amenities.
Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge
This yacht has a striking profile with a number of motor yacht cues such as dual mezzanine decks - one on the primary level after the deck and the other in the cockpit. The first mezzanine provides both back-facing lounge seating, as well as a secondary seating space and table for dining. The Viking 92 also comes with an outside grilling and galley area for additional comfort and ambiance. The interior of the yacht is a display of luxury and elegance.
The 23' beam opens the salon while transforming it into a grand living room with inbuilt furniture and chic appointments such as a sixty-inch flat screen TV that is supported by a lift from the teak cabinetry. The boat is also equipped with 6 staterooms, each of which has a private shower and head. The full-beam master suite is fitted with a king-size bed, a dressing table, a walk-in closet, and his/her private facilities.
Viking 62 Convertible
Viking Yacht Company has always maintained a philosophy of creating a better yacht everyday. The 62 Convertible displays the Viking tradition of enviable edge engineering. It has a resin infused composite cored hull to optimize the boat's weight to strength ratio, using a high modulus of knitted fiberglass, carbon fiber, and Dupont's Kevlar. Similarly, hanging locker and interior stateroom doors integrate honeycomb coring for more weight reduction. The boat delivers top speeds of more than 42 knots thanks to a twin Caterpillar C32-A engines that can cough out 1925mhp.
Viking 48 Convertible
The 48 Convertible feature sleek, powerful exterior and a shiny resin-infused hull that extends its breadth to create a wider cockpit and more interior room. The forward chine and raked entry are built to penetrate the head seas and steer spray forward. The convex hull segments incorporate curvature and lead to the running surface. On the other hand, the maneuverability and lateral tracking are enhanced by the molded running strakes.
Viking 46 Open
The last yacht on our list is an example of the company's dominance in creating high performance luxury boats by maintaining exceptional quality, versatility, and value. The 46 Open features yacht club panache and blue water capabilities. It has a 121 sq. ft cockpit and comes with a molded deck for safe footing. As can be expected from Viking, the cockpit does not leave anything to chance, as it is fitted with such amenities as rounded coamings, tackle stowage, raw water wash-down systems, recessed hardware, and flush rod holders.
Written by Garrett Parker
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