The Viking delivery process is the same whether delivering the boat to an owner or to the dealer. In the case of 66-303 this is a boat being taking into stock inventory for Galati Yacht Sales. Once Viking has completed the 6 month process of building the boat and doing all the tests to insure everything is 100% perfect they invite a dealer representative to come in and "punch the boat". We don't actually hit it with our fist; instead we do a final Quality Inspection and complete a punch list of items that could be better.
Normally, we'd have one of our most experienced captains come in and go through all the systems. But, in this case, I volunteered to do the inspection to gain some valuable sales knowledge about Vikings newest member of the fleet. I traveled to Atlantic City, NJ and then drove 30 minutes north to New Gretna.
My job is to inspect every each of the boat making sure the gel coat is perfect, the teak interior is blemish-free, and every option ordered is installed. Since the boat was winterized and on-deck I was only able to inspect systems that did not require water. As usual, the boat was practically flawless but it’s my job to make a list of imperfections. It was not easy to find them but I looked and looked until I put together a respectable list for the Viking finish up team. Next, they will go through each item on the list and make the necessary correction no matter what it takes. They will do all of this and keep to a very disciplined delivery schedule, which in this case was 5 days later.
The next step in the process, Viking delivers the boat to Atlantic City where they officially turn the boat over to the dealer/customer. At this point we conduct a sea trial with John Stephano, Viking's quality control manager, along with a rep from AME electronics, and a tech from Ramsom Caterpillar. We take the boat out into the Atlantic and run through various checks to insure all boat, engine, and electronic systems are working as designed. If there are any problems, we stay until they are resolved. But, usually we head out the same day.
I will be taking the boat south to Viking's southern location in West Palm Beach departing on Thursday January 19th if Mother Nature lets me. I should arrive about 5 days later. This 1,200 mile trip has been done in 2 days and of course, it could take much longer. I plan to run slow and steady conserving as much fuel as possible and keeping the boat running smooth and tight in rough waters.
Viking yachts pioneered the development of the enclosed bridge convertible yacht in 1995 with the 58 EB. Since then, the enclosed bridge has become a popular attraction for cruising yachtsmen who desire the performance and handling of a Viking convertible with the comfort and convenience of a totally climate controlled command station as shown in this Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge Convertible.
In recent years, tournament fishermen also have latched on to the versatility of the enclosed bridge design, in part because the second helm station abaft the aft bulkhead is ideally located for backing down on fish, as well as easing into a slip.
The combination of the available interior staircase and the salon-like accommodations of enclosed bridge are more examples of Viking's commitment to build a better boat every day.
The enclosed bridge is offered on Viking 57, 60, 66, 70, 76 and 82 Convertibles.
This is the first Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge to roll out of the factory! It will go directly to the Viking VIP and then to the Miami Boat Show and then to our Galati Yacht Sales Anna Maria location for display at the marina and sale. This boat will be getting full electronics and pricing and specs can be obtained from your broker at Galati Yacht Sales. This Viking 66 is truly amazing and a must see!
Final preparations are in the works as the first Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge Convertible reaches the end of the production line and is about to move from Building 2 to the water for its initial launching.
The stable mate to the 66 Convertible, which premiered at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in October, this new model will be unveiled at our VIP Preview at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, February 3-4, 2012 prior to the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show later that month. Regular updates will follow as the boat reaches fruition, but in the meantime here is a quick tour. In a few weeks, the enclosed bridge will be a showcase of luxurious design, but for now the engineering group is happy with its removable instrumentation pods.
In the main salon, the expanse and wise use of space is readily apparent. A 46-inch flat screen television will grace the forward starboard bulkhead. Opposite the spacious L-shaped lounge is the available day head. Each of the four staterooms has its own private head and shower.
Custom granite and abundant stowage behind the hand-finished high-gloss teak joinery accent the galley.
As you would expect from Viking, the engine room is a showpiece of the company's engineering and design prowess. There's also access to the crew quarters from the engine room for convenience and added privacy.
2008 Viking 60 Conv
ertible Yacht for Sale
"Billy the Kid" represents the ultimate in an offshore sport fishing machine powered by dependable CAT C32A (1825hp) engines. Extended ESC Commercial Platinum coverage good through 11/20/2012 or 6001 hours, whichever occurs first. This is a "must see" for the discriminating buyer of a late model Viking Convertible.
No expense was spared in the build of this spectacular sport fish. Teak cap rails, coaming boards, cockpit, mezzanine and ladder steps add to the customization appearance. Etched glass rear salon window with fish scenes are a very nice touch, especially at night. Also included is a custom polished stainless steel removable anchor chute on the bow.
On those very hot days the custom cockpit shade offers relief from the sun and the cockpit misters will cool you down. Billy the Kid is the best priced and equipped 60' Viking on the market today. Call now to schedule a showing in Anna Maria, Florida!
Year: 2008 | Your Price: $2,395,000
Specifications: LOA: 60 ft 0 in | Beam: 18 ft 9 in | Maximum Draft: 5 ft 0 in | Displacement: 91,300 lb | Engines: 2 x C32A / 1825 HP | Engine Hours: 721 | Fuel Tank: 1920 gal | Fresh Water Tank: 300 gal | Holding Tank: 135 galGet a PDF of the Full SpecifictionsTo see more images and information on this yacht for sale visit Billy the Kid Viking 60C Yacht
Viking Yachts is at it again. As a premiere sport fishing and cruising yacht manufacturer they know what it takes to make a
top of class vessel. They have just announced the future release of the newly designed Viking 66 Convertible Yacht. She will be debuting in October, 2011 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
This has been a much awaited size in the Viking convertible yacht line-up. Along with the 66, Viking has just released the 42 Open Yacht with the pod-drive propulsion system. At the 15th Annual VIP Preview it was seen maneuvering sideways. This gives the yacht the ability to squeeze into tight spaces under her own power.
Practical for tournament campaigns, the salon will be delightfully spacious and elegant. For rest and relaxation the 66 will have four staterooms each with its own head and shower stall. Viking didn’t forget about the crew, providing them access to their stateroom via the engine room.
The command station on the flying bridge wil
l be center console providing superior visibility, plenty of electronic stowage and three helm seats. Both port and starboard will have convenient jump seats, and additional seating will be forward to provide comfort and viewing. Viking hasn’t forgotten anything with this new design.
The cockpit will be no slouch at 174 square feet. It will feature an upper observation mezzanine with built-in freezer, refrigerated cooler, engine room access and tackle/gear stowage. The lower cockpit will have plenty of room to fish. It will showcase an oversized insulated fish box, live well tub and a dunnage compartment. To add to the
list it will also have flush rod holders, walk-through transom door with lift gate, rounded coamings, stereo speakers, twin Glendinning Cablemasters, gaff and tag stick stowage.
Viking has been listening to the consumer, and we could only imagine what is around the corner. The 66 Convertible is sure to be a popular model. For those Viking lovers don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to own a newly designed yacht.
The latest Viking, the 2011 Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge, made its debut in the summer of 2010, joining the rest of the fleet with the finest pedigree in the yacht world.
The new Viking 70 EB bears a striking resemblance to its siblings the Viking 82 and Viking 76, with an aggressively raked stem featuring more than eight feet of freeboard forward indicating plenty of headroom beneath the foredeck.
Three feet of aft freeboard in the spacious cockpit eases the releasing and tagging of billfish and tuna. The molded in feature lines intercept the curved smoothness of the flying bridge and deckhouse, in addition to the black metallic mask that wraps around the front of the deckhouse, all seamlessly transitioning into darkly tinted windows contributing to the Viking EB’s distinguished profile.
The Viking 70 EB features a 208 square-foot cockpit with an observation mezzanine that provides ample stowage, multiple freezers, an insulated refrigerated drink box in the salon entrance step, abundant drawers, and engine room access. The lower cockpit provides a sizeable fish box, a stowage compartment and an available live well beneath the molded non-slip sole. A transom fish box/live well also is available.
Another signature feature of the tournament proven center console helm on the flying bridge are the standard three adjustable Murray Products helm seats with teak ladder backs. Additional seating is available with port and starboard lounges each with rod stowage below and aft facing jump seats. Ahead of the command console is a third lounge, as well as a sink, freezer and drink box cooler.
As you enter the salon through the sliding electrically-operated fiberglass door, you are immediately greeted with an immense room that is both inviting and lavishly appointed with stylish designer furnishings, window treatments and custom valances. Overhead LED lighting sets the mood while natural light streams in from the salon sides and aft bulkhead windows, lending to a spacious and free environment. A day head is strategically located for the convenience of guests in the salon as well as the cockpit. Fishing rods and other gear stows handily and are readily accessible beneath the L-shape sofa to starboard. Relax or entertain with the sofa facing the entertainment center to port with a 50-inch flat screen television and Bose Lifestyle 48 system with custom surround sound. Manage your electrical system effortlessly with a Moritz OctoPlex touch screen monitor.
Forward, the extravagant galley offers the convenience of world class appliances, a walk-in pantry, multiple drawers and locker stowage. Adjacent to a four-person dinette is the galley island featuring a granite counter, under counter refrigeration and three bar stools.
As you continue below, you encounter the four-stateroom, four-head layout capable of accommodating several guests comfortably. This utilizes space for maximum comfort and privacy, including an exceptionally spacious master suite and private access to the crew quarters via the engine room and cockpit.
Additional attributes of the 70 Viking EB include chilled water air conditioning, a Delta-T engine room ventilation system and Viking’s proprietary VIPER (Viking Independent Programmable Electro-hydraulic Rudder) steering. The VIPER system eliminates the tie-bar for independent rudder operation to optimize response and reduce rudder drag at all throttle settings for remarkable maneuverability. The optional engine packages on the 70 Viking EB come with base MAN 1550 HP, Caterpillar 1925 HP or MTU 2400 HP/2600 HP.
Don’t miss out on the exciting opportunity to see the newest Viking EB model firsthand at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October!
For more than four and a half decades the Viking Yacht Company has devoted itself to building competitive sportfishing boats. So even in hazy economic times, Viking Yachts refuses to rest on its laurels.
Rather than adjusting to market trends, the forward thinking philosophy that drives Viking Yachts provides a backlog of future models. Two such models are the Viking 42 Convertible and the Viking 42 Open.
While both the 42 Convertible and 42 Open share the same LOA, they are as unique as day and night. The 42 Convertible, for example, is incredibly well proportioned with its nearly 16 feet of beam to allow three staterooms and two heads below with room and comfort to spare. Likewise in the deckhouse, every available inch of this 42 Viking has been put to good use with a comfortable sofa, a dinette and a practical galley. The cockpit of Viking Yacht’s 42 Convertible sports the company’s signature observation mezzanine, while the flying bridge exhibits every amenity found on its larger siblings, albeit in a scaled down version. Initial specifications call for the pod drive system.
At first blush, Viking Yacht’s 42 Open, which utilizes the same hull form, appears to be the ideal day boat with rakish good looks. Frankly, it is much more boat. The standard layout of this 42 Viking features a forward stateroom, twin berths beneath the command deck, a full head and shower, a compact galley to starboard and a dinette to port. Also available on the 42 Open is an alternative layout with accommodations for four in two private staterooms along with two heads, each with a fiberglass shower stall. The berths tucked in beneath the command bridge boost the sleeping capacity to six. This space becomes available due to use of pod drives, a significant departure from other Viking yachts. As you would expect from Viking Yachts, the cockpit of this 42 Viking has a tournament pedigree and the command bridge includes three pedestal helm seats, along with plenty of lounge seating and ample creature comforts.
The 42 Convertible and 42 Open demonstrate Viking’s pulse on the emerging market, and one more reason why Viking Yachts is the worldwide leader in luxurious, high performance convertible yachts. We invite you to contact your Viking dealer to learn more about the 42 Viking.
Thanks to the design team at Viking Yachts another groundbreaking design has come with the Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge. On the 1,000 fathom line, the Viking 82 is recognized at any dock or yacht club. The seamless curves and aggressively raked stem is a true feast for the eyes. The foredeck is flush with a gentle crown, which quietly hints at the substantial headroom below. This headroom is enjoyed by anyone onboard staying in any of the four staterooms.
Freeboard forward on the Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge Yacht is nearly nine feet, yet a modest three feet in the cockpit, which makes it safe and effortless for the crew to release billfish unharmed. With a maximum beam of 22 feet, a lesser design would look chunky and clunky, but the Viking 82 Yacht wears its measurements like a runway model. This is beautiful yacht through and through.
The substantial beam allows a salon of epic proportions with hand-finished teak joinery throughout the Viking 82 Yacht. Entered through an electric sliding door, the L-shaped sofa with stowage below provides an excellent vantage to relax and enjoy the entertainment on the screen of the 50-inch plasma television, which rises from cabinetry on the starboard side. A dinette to port and bar stools at the granite topped galley counter to starboard create a relaxing and practical environment for formal dining, as well as grabbing snacks between marlin strikes. The galley of this Viking Yacht is motor yacht class with gourmet appliances and stowage capabilities to cruise for weeks on end. Nothing but the best when it comes to a Viking Yacht galley.
A companionway to port leads to four staterooms, plus private crew quarters for two, which also includes a head with shower and access to the engine room and cockpit.
In the master suite located amidships for maximum comfort and privacy, there is a king-size bed with stowage below, a settee, a dressing table, an entertainment system, a chest of drawers and an oversized fiberglass shower stall in the head. An offset companionway leads to three additional staterooms, each with a private head and shower. Due to the generously sized staterooms of the Viking 82 Yacht, there is flexibility in the sleeping accommodations with both queen and double berth arrangements.
With more than enough tournament trophies to stock a hardware store, the Viking 74 proved beyond any doubt that it could out dance a billfish with pomp and circumstance to spare. And you will find these same elements in the cockpit of the Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge Yacht. Boasting 255 square feet of working space, the cockpit features the Viking Yacht signature mezzanine deck beneath the flying bridge overhang for protection against sun and spray. Misters are available to counter tropical heat naturally.
For getting at the fish, this Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge Yacht also features built-in under-mount freezers, tackle and gear stowage, along with engine room access. Insulated fiberglass bait wells, fish wells, and stowage wells, all with stainless-steel gas strut supports, are deep and spacious and a transom well can be set up as another live well or handy fish baling box. A walk-through transom door, port and starboard Glendinning Cablemasters, fresh and raw-water wash down systems, flush rod holders, stainless-steel hardware, side stowage lockers and a salon step box cooler briefly touch on the extensive list of standard equipment.
The air conditioned Viking 82 Yacht enclosed bridge features a center helm seat forward flanked by twin leather upholstered companion seats, a raised settee and teak table, wet bar with refrigerator and entertainment system. Access to the bridge is via the cockpit ladder or a spiral staircase from the salon. A control station on the aft deck eases maneuverability backing into a slip or working a fish near the boat.
With its Palm Beach Towers custom tuna tower and magnificent Atlantic Marine Electronics package, the Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge Yacht is fully outfitted for tournament fishing and long range cruising.
Powered by Caterpillar 1825 diesels the Viking 82 Yacht can easily cruise at a speed of 30 knots and top out in the mid-knot range. Not only will this yacht get you to the fish quickly, but also in comfort. Do not miss out on the Viking 82 Yacht’s beauty and essence as you cut through the water in style.