76 Viking Yachts Convertible
Meet the 76 Convertible – Open and Enclosed Bridge Models Excel with Superlative Design and Engineering
(Spring 2012, New Gretna, New Jersey)
When it comes to reading about large convertible yachts, the name Viking is the most mentioned builder in the first sentence of every lead paragraph. There are many reasons why. Family owned and operated, Viking has been honing its craft for nearly 50 years. While some builders attempt to improve with every year they build, Viking has focused from the beginning on April 1, 1964 to “build a better boat everyday.” This commitment is unrivaled in the marine industry and is but one explanation as to why Viking is recognized around the world as a brand that is often imitated but never challenged where it counts most, out in the deep.
Breaking new ground is a Viking trademark and at the company’s 810,000 square-foot facility on the Bass River in New Gretna, New Jersey, a short hop from Atlantic City, another chapter is underway with the Viking 76 Convertible. Built in two versions with Open Bridge and Enclosed Bridge configurations, the 76 C is a magnificent example of Viking quality, design and engineering.
With even a cursory glance, the Viking 76 Convertible’s profile is reason to pause. The raked stem is aggressive and its mission becomes instantly obvious. Similarities to the 82 Convertible, like its dramatic sheer line, the flush foredeck and a pair of fixed port lights which match lines of the hull are sweeping design statements that merge form and function. The wrap around black metallic mask provides a distinctive and distinguished look, which accents the flowing lines of the flying bridge.
Beneath the waterline, a different sense of masterpiece emerges. The convex deadrise shape with sharpened waterline sections showcases stability and sea keeping ability. The convex deadrise adds curvature and form to the hull bottom and the wide beam, which carries well aft, increases buoyancy and lift. Even at flank speeds re-entry is soft to enhance ride comfort and dryness.
Viking has long been active in using its tank testing experience of scale models in the development of new product, and the 76 hull form clearly benefits from such testing. Our design and engineering teams, for instance, compiled hundreds of hours tank testing multiple 82 Convertible scale hull models to study powering and sea keeping characteristics. The data was then expanded to full scale and later validated with actual sea trials conducted by our engineering group. All of the this documented information has been incorporated in the design of the 76 Convertible hull assuring us it will meet or exceed our expectations, based on available power, as well as future propulsion systems.
To enhance performance and achieve better engine and propulsion efficiencies, the design, engineering and production teams explored various avenues to shave off unnecessary poundage and were successful in bringing the deckhouse and hull weights to fruition well within the desired parameters. Viking has been using end grain balsa as a coring material for better than 25 years without a single construction failure. Our confidence in this material led us to explore other areas where we could take advantage of the product’s various attributes for stiffness, strength, lighter weight and durability in the development of the 76 Convertible. Some examples of these weight saving achievements include using vacuum bagged high-strength Baltek anti-fungal coring in the highly loaded bottom panels of the running surface. It should be noted that end grain balsa has tremendous shear strength and absorbs the trauma of impact. Our experience has been that in the event of an accidental grounding any damage is confined to the local area and does not compromise the surrounding core and laminates. This provides a superior measure of safety and easy reparability. Similarly, low density Baltek balsa used in the hull sides, deck and superstructure, provides the requisite stiffness and strength with the benefit of reduced weight. Structural sandwich panels of lightweight Baltek foam were used for bulkheads in lieu of heavier plywood, and to produce the longitudinal and transverse frames employed in internal grid sections. By selecting these specific construction core materials, the lamination schedules were optimized with higher strength bi- and triaxial knitted fabrics which absorb less resin, producing a core laminate of unequalled physical properties.
Through-hull areas including struts, shaft logs and water intakes penetrate solid fiberglass only. To eliminate corrosion potential, overboard discharge through-hull fittings are manufactured of fiberglass.
Mechanically, the Viking 76 shares a commonality of features found aboard the flagship 82 Convertible. Chilled water air conditioning is built around an eight-ton system comprised of two four-ton units. The system allows individual thermostats for the staterooms and salon for climate management throughout the yacht. A reverse-cycle function provides heat as well. A hydraulic bow thruster is standard with convenient control buttons built into the stainless-steel single lever clutch and throttle handles. A Delta-T engineroom ventilation system delivers maximum air for engine operation and also provides water intrusion suppression. Dampers are integrated into the hull side vents as part of the fire suppression system which automatically close to seal the engine compartment from outside air if activated. Viking’s proprietary VIPER (Viking Independent Programmable Electro-hydraulic Rudder) steering system eliminates the tie-bar for independent rudder operation and it optimizes response and reduces drag at low, mid and high speeds for extraordinary maneuverability in all sea conditions. Viking’s industry famous web-frame structural steel engine beds mounted to transverse intermediate bulkheads ensure drive-train alignment and minimize vibrations for smooth trolling and comfortable high-speed performance. Veem Interceptor S class propellers are quiet and a perfect match for speed and efficient operation. Caterpillar and MTU diesels are offered as power choices and depending upon engine selection, the 76 Convertible will cruise in the mid 30-knot range with a top end approaching 40 knots, based on ambient factors, including sea state, load, bottom condition and other variables. Two 32 kW Onan generators are standard. The 76 Convertible also features a master electrical control system, the Moritz OctoPlex, which utilizes touch screen operation and monitors in the salon and on the flying bridge, as well as manual back-up.
The Art of Luxury
Entered through an electrically powered sliding fiberglass door, the salon is a surround environment of lush teak joinery in a choice of satin or high gloss finish. For offshore convenience, a day head is immediately to port. Hand built furniture abounds port and starboard with an L-shaped lounge and rod stowage below, teak cabinetry, upholstery and window treatments, a teak cocktail table, wall-to-wall carpeting with lead-lined padding for acoustical insulation, a home theater center with a 55-inch flat screen television on a lift and a Bose audio system. Forward, a dinette to starboard faces the island style galley to port. Featuring custom granite countertops, the galley with its 360-degree access is professionally designed with three bar stools, under counter refrigeration and appliances, Amtico premium vinyl flooring and ample stowage. Additionally, two walk-in pantries forward of the dinette and galley provide bountiful stowage for supplies and cruising gear to stay at sea for months on end.
Below, five spacious staterooms maximize comfort and privacy, which makes the 76 an excellent choice for long range cruising and tournament fishing. The full beam master suite is especially elegant and reflects on many of the features found aboard the Viking 82 flagship, including a sitting area and a built in desk. Viking’s attention to detail is exemplary throughout with regards to opulence and stowage.
Taking Command on the Flying Bridge
The flying bridge is the result of thousands of hours of tournament fishing, so it makes sense that the visibility at the helm is superb to all 32 points of the compass. A center console helm is the focal point with three Murray Products teak ladder back seats on 4-inch stainless-steel pedestals. A recessed electronics box with clear acrylic fronts accommodates a complement of navigation equipment that is installed for all-weather operation, while protecting the vital components from spray. Additional equipment nests safely yet always accessible in fiberglass compartments flanking the custom stainless-steel steering wheel in the helm control pod. A dedicated battery system with a built-in battery charger feeds the electronics clean, uninterrupted power. Power assisted hydraulic steering and electronic engine controls are silky smooth.
Lounge seating is located port, starboard and forward of the center console with ample stowage below each compartment. In addition, a freezer, a freshwater outlet, a top-loading chill box for drinks, and a sink with a powerful spray head can be found forward. Dozens of practical features are apparent on the flying bridge, although one item missing that again demonstrates Viking’s commitment to detail is the absence of exposed fasteners in the bridge interior flange attaching it to the deck. As in the salon, a Moritz OctoPlex touch screen panel accesses all electrical needs at the prompt of a finger.
Enclosed Bridge adds Style and Class
A totally enclosed, climate-controlled bridge with air conditioning and heat also is available accessed via a teak staircase from the salon. With the accommodations and performance of the Open Bridge version, the 76 EB is a virtual model within a model. The sculpted shape of the enclosed bridge adds a new dimension of beauty with attractive window lines that complement the deckhouse windows and black metallic mask below. Much like the main salon, the enclosed bridge is a self-contained environment with both operational and comfort features at your beck and call. A Stidd helm seat at the forward interior command station provides excellent sight lines and easy to read instrumentation in the raised dash covered in glare-free ultra-leather material. An upholstered wiper box overhead contains a plethora of accessory switches and controls within easy reach. Flanking the adjustable helm seat is a pair of fixed companion lounges with built-in stowage below. Compartments below the dash can be used to stow additional gear and equipment. The expansive area abaft the helm is fully carpeted and includes an L-shaped lounge with a cocktail table on a raised platform for enhanced visibility, a 32-inch flat screen television, which rises out of the teak cabinetry, an audio system, a refrigerator with built-in icemaker, plush carpeting and a baby ostrich headliner. A weatherproof lockable door leads to the aft deck with a pod-style docking station and surface mounted controls, additional seating, quartz lighting molded into the aft overhang, and powder coated aluminum railing on the aft deck and flying bridge ladder from the cockpit mezzanine.
We also offer our exclusive Viking Sky Bridge option for the 76 Enclosed Bridge, which is a fully-equipped open bridge helm station above the enclosed bridge delivering the best of all worlds in terms of convenience, flexibility, comfort and operating enjoyment.
Where Business Mixes with Pleasure
The 206 square-foot cockpit features Viking’s signature observation mezzanine with aft facing custom Sunbrella cushions. A hinged seat lid lifts to expose substantial stowage for gear. A bait freezer, a refrigerated chill box, a tackle center, an insulated stowage compartment and engineroom access are also built into mezzanine area. In the lower cockpit, there is a large drop in fishbox and a pair of drop in stowage compartments that can be configured as baitwells, icewells, or customized as desired. A transom mounted fishbox also is standard. Port and starboard Glendinning Cablemasters, sea and freshwater outlets, a dockside freshwater inlet, tag stick and gaff stowage also are provided. Quite frankly, every feature deemed necessary to earn a spotlight in the Winner’s Circle is here. And you don’t have to take our word for it, either. For the past five years in a row at the Miami International Boat Show, Viking Yachts earned the President’s Cup from the World Billfish Series for winning more tournaments on the league’s 60 event schedule conducted around the world than any other builder. To maintain this pace on the highly competitive tournament circuit speaks volumes about Viking’s quality, performance and value in every boat we build.
When visitors come to Viking, they often are overwhelmed by the abundance of modern machines on our plant floor like our pair of five-axis profilers that cost over $2 million, which manufacture fiberglass plugs that create the various molds used to build the boats. Viking willingly invests more capital in equipment because when matched to the dedication of our skilled workforce, the results are extraordinary. In fact, the only thing more extraordinary is our vision to keep challenging ourselves to deliver the finest yacht money can buy.
So it is with great pride that we present the Viking 76 Convertible. Like all Vikings, it is manufactured to order and will provide its owner a one-of-a-kind sportfishing yacht built to our exacting design to fish and cruise in comfort, luxury and safety.
To learn more about the Viking 76 Convertible, visit us at one of our Oyster Harbors Marine locations. Also, be sure to check out Oyster Harbors Marine’s full inventory of new and pre-owned boats from Viking.
Recognized as one of the top performers in the industry, Oyster Harbors Marine features high-quality new and pre-owned boats, and has an award-winning sales and service team. Sales offices are located on Cape Cod in Osterville and Falmouth Massachusetts, Essex, CT and in Freeport, Maine.