Viking 52 Convertible: Brand New Battlewagon
Viking Yachts is throttling up to celebrate its 50th anniversary come 2014, but as it prepares to leave its 49th year in its wake, the company debuted the the 52 Convertible at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
New product has been driving the success of this New Jersey-based builder since 2008, when the economic downturn forced the company to make bold moves to survive and, ultimately, thrive. In the course of the past five years, Viking has replaced its entire line of convertibles and cruising yachts with new models, and each one has been designed to offer higher speed, better fuel efficiency and more comfortable interiors. The company has always prided itself on its research and development efforts, yet even when the economic seas were most threatening, Viking continued to invest in its R&D.
The Viking 52 Convertible is a tournament-style, blue-water sportfisherman that features the builder’s world-class engineering.
In the 52, Viking offers a tournament-style, blue-water sportfisherman that features the builder’s world-class engineering. For instance, this convertible is built light to ensure a top speed of 40 knots. The hull is the result of composite construction and there’s carbon fiber in the one-piece deckhouse assembly. Weighs savings are realized in other places, too: the maple-lined doors and drawers in the cabin are constructed with a lightweight honeycomb core material.
This 52 rides on a convex hull shape that has almost 12 degrees of deadrise aft. Power is a pair of MAN V12s (mn-engines.com) or Caterpillar C18s (cat.com) that push the boat to a cruise speed of 35 knots.
Performance is one hallmark of a Viking. Roomy interiors that are beautifully finished also are a given. On the 52, you’ll find three staterooms and two heads. With a 17’6” beam, the entertaining areas aboard are roomy. The salon is the main gathering space, and it’s open to the oversized galley that’s equipped with every appliance you can think of, including a large-capacity, deep-drawer refrigerator and freezer. This builder understands that when a hardcore (and hungry) crew leaves the dock to fish in earnest, they’d prefer to go the distance in comfort.
In the cockpit there are more stowage spaces for your tackle, bait and catch than you can shake 80-pound test at. There’s also an observation mezzanine, a feature found on all Viking convertibles. This aft-facing lounge does double duty. It keeps passengers comfortable and in the shade (thanks to the bridge overhang), and it also conceals freezer storage beneath. The cockpit measures 142 square feet, which means there’s plenty of room to mount a fighting chair here.
Features designed for comfort and safety are key aboard a Viking, says the company, and for good reason. Owners of these boats travel very long distances in search of big game. When they get to a foreign place, they want some of things that make them feel at home. Mnay of those things are here on the new 52 Convertible.
For more information, visit the Viking Yachts website.
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Convertible vs. Express: Which is Best for Bluewater Fishing?