Power Trip May 30th, 2018

The Viking Engineroom
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Perhaps no other area of a Viking illustrates our meticulous attention to detail better than the engineroom. From its neatly bundled and loomed wiring, to its bright Snow White Awlgrip finish to its 360-degree access, the Viking engineroom clearly leads the industry in all facets of mechanical quality, functionality and ingenuity.
With Viking Senior Project Engineer Bill Gibbons leading the way, let’s take a look at some of the modern machinery and systems in the engineroom of one of our latest models, the Viking 68 Convertible. Above: Bill points out that the custom Viking exhaust manifold installation on the twin 1,945-hp MTUs arches upward before turning outboard, ensuring access to the generators.
The engineroom’s fiberglass-encapsulated foam stringers are reinforced on top with several layers of carbon fiber. The engines are mechanically fastened to one-inch-thick aluminum saddles that are bonded to the tops of the stringers with a special methyl methacrylate (MMA) adhesive, says Bill, who has more than 3,000 Viking builds under his belt in 42 years in New Gretna. “It’s a rock-solid installation.”

Proven state-of-the-art systems and machinery lines the engineroom periphery. Outboard of the MTUs, the Delta-T engineroom ventilation system, with its thermostatically-controlled supply and discharge fans, provides fresh air circulation and water-intrusion suppression. Its pneumatically-controlled ventilation dampers can be closed manually but also shut automatically when the fire suppression system is engaged.

Access to Viking‘s custom centralized seawater system with dual pumps and strainers couldn’t be easier- simply remove a panel from the centerline engineroom walkway. Every strainer, pump, filter, hose, connection or any other part in a Viking engineroom is identified with clearly visible and permanent labels.

Left: On the port bulkhead, the freshwater purification system filters along with the port engine LOP (local operating panel) and fire suppression system are in plain view and fully accessible. Right: Bill examines the control box for the centralized sea water system on the starboard bulkhead, which is outboard of the engine’s LOP. Note the easy access to the MTU’s top-mounted oil filters.
 “We’ve set the standard and continue to raise the bar,” says Bill. “That’s what building a better boat every day is all about.”