Open Season March 22nd, 2017

 

Get Ready for the Viking 44 Open
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Viking has the youngest fleet in the marine industry and new models keep the production lines in our New Gretna and Viking Mullica facilities hopping. One such new 2018 model is the 44 Open, an express-style boat sure to appeal to the owner/operator who likes staying close to the action in the cockpit, while remaining in the midst of the social activities on the command bridge. Viking built its first Open express boat in 1984 and since then has produced seven models up to 52 feet, each one a success and a versatile performer. 
The Viking 44 Open has a resin-infused composite hull and is built with a matrix of fiberglass-encapsulated stringers, vacuum-bagged, cored main and intermediate bulkheads, a customized E-glass lamination schedule and infused fuel and water tanks. An aggressive entry with over 6 feet of freeboard forward rakes over head seas and its sheer line proudly carries aft with an eye pleasing profile. The running surface is equally substantial with 13.9 degree transom deadrise, and two pairs of solid lift strakes to provide lateral response and tracking confidence in any seaway.

 


The 119 square-foot cockpit with a molded nonslip fiberglass sole is steps away from the command bridge, and tournament ready with flush rod holders, fresh and saltwater wash down systems, a transom live well, and a transom door with a lift gate.  Rounded gunwale coamings add comfort when leaning against them working a fish to the boat. LED rope lighting, gaff and tag stick stowage, a freshwater fill, and a quick disconnect fitting to the oil change system for the engines, transmissions and 13.5 kW Cummins Onan generator highlight Viking’s attention to details. 
A step box cooler is a convenient touch, and the tackle cabinet doubles as a bait watch station. An observation mezzanine provides more seating and the Sunbrella cushions lift to reveal additional refrigeration compartments and engineroom access. In-deck stowage wells handle fish and loose gear. An aluminum plate is laminated into the cockpit sole for mounting a fishing chair or rocket launcher. Optional teak cover boards add a custom look.

The command bridge has three pedestal chairs and a centerline helm station on a raised platform for enhanced visibility through the one-piece fiberglass wraparound windshield.  A three sided Costa Clear enclosure will provide all weather protection and available air conditioning offers year round climate control. A molded console handles electronics, and single lever electronic engine controls and power assisted hydraulic steering deliver seamless performance.  A pair of MAN I6 800 CRM diesels gives a 33 knot cruise at 2100 rpm, with a top end around 37.3 knots depending upon load, sea conditions, and other environmental factors.  The L-shape settee and dinette seats four comfortably, and the backrest cushion lifts to expose a convenient rod stowage locker. To port an integral console has refrigeration with an ice maker, and lots of dry stowage.  A Palm Beach Towers tuna tower adds a complete second station.

Thanks to its 16 ft.  4 in. beam, the widest of any boat in its class, the salon is generously appointed and easily adapts for relaxing and entertaining with an L-shape lounge and convertible hi-lo teak table. A 28 inch flat screen television and a multi-directional stereo system provide entertainment.  Amtico flooring, Juno teak joinery, and other designer touches abound.  The galley is well-equipped to feed family and crew, and the two stateroom layout provides plenty of comfort and privacy. The forward master stateroom is especially noteworthy with its queen size bed, air conditioning, carpeting, a 22 inch flat screen television, a Bomar hatch, a maple lined hanging locker, hullside stowage and private access to the head and shower among its many standard amenities.
The Viking 44 Open will launch late summer and be among the headliners at our September Dealer Meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We will keep you posted on this new model’s production schedule over the coming weeks, and invite you to contact your dealer to learn more about it and arrange a sea trial.  
 
Please click here for information on the Murray Helm Chair Voluntary Recall. 
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Viking 52 Open
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Now that we are enjoying daylight savings time and a season change is on the horizon, could there be a better time than to think about a spring delivery on a new Viking 52 Open? One of our most popular mid-size models, this 52 Open is a solid blue-water performer with all the bells and whistles and she’s poised to jump start your new boating season. The Viking 52 Open abounds in casual elegance for island cruising in comfort, yet is professionally outfitted for tournament fishing and canyon ready to tackle billfish and tuna. 

The express style with its sleek and racy profile is a favorite choice of owner/operators who want to be close to the action in the cockpit, as well as in the midst of onboard activities at the dock or underway. A one-piece wrap around fiberglass windshield, the three-sided Costa Clear enclosure, and helm air conditioning provide all-weather protection and climate control on the carpeted command deck.  
A raised platform at the centerline helm with single lever controls and power-assisted hydraulic steering provides excellent visibility, and two pedestal chairs and a double companion seat are standard. Abaft the helm area, a molded fiberglass console to port is equipped with a refrigerator, a freezer, and stowage compartments, while to starboard, a dinette and settee with built-in stowage are convenient amenities for social activities.

Below, the three-stateroom layout includes a queen bed forward and a private head with a fiberglass shower stall. Starboard side staterooms feature upper and lower berths, and share the second head and shower. A laundry center is standard.

The salon features high-gloss Juno teak joinery with booth lounge seating, a hi-lo teak table, a 40 inch flat screen television, and a home theater system.   The galley is outfitted with Cambria countertops, teak and holly Amtico flooring, Sub Zero drawer style refrigeration, a microwave/convection oven, an electric cooktop, a stainless-steel sink, and plentiful stowage throughout. 
The 142 square foot cockpit and mezzanine have teak soles, a Release rocket launcher, under-mounted port and starboard refrigerated step boxes, a transom fish box/live well, a transom door and lift gate, fresh and saltwater wash down systems, flush rod holders, tackle stowage, under coaming 24V outlets among a lengthy list of standard items. 

Powered with MAN V12 1400 CRM diesels, the boat has a cruise speed in the mid-30 knot range. The top end is around 40 knots depending upon load, sea conditions, and other environmental factors. A 21.5 kW Cummins Onan generator is standard. Viking subsidiaries Atlantic Marine Electronics and Palm Beach Towers provide the comprehensive navigation, communication and entertainment package, and custom tuna tower respectively. 
 
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To learn more about this exciting 52 Open, we invite you to contact your Viking dealer to arrange a sea trial and pick your delivery date. You could be fishing next weekend!  
 
Please click here for information on the Murray Helm Chair Voluntary Recall. 
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