The Viking View – What’s Your Angle?
The basin in the Bass River has been center stage for many a bad-ass boat from Viking Yachts. And here’s another – a Haze Grey 68 Convertible, destined to become a West Coast sportfishing machine, complete with custom tuna tower, bow rail and pulpit, cockpit tuna tubes, extra live-well capacity and other specialties for the Pacific Coast.
The basin is our Broadway – the place where completed Vikings pause and pirouette for the camera before heading downriver for turn-key delivery. Balancing form and function, Viking and its subsidiary Palm Beach Towers have created another beautiful yacht that can be admired from any angle.
These two close-ups show off the 68’s eye in the sky – the 8’ 6” gap tower with upper helm and buggy top – for optimal sight fishing. A pair of custom bucket-style flip-up seats, footrest under the control box and sunshade bring comfort, stability and versatility to this all-important perch. The underside of the standing platform features custom-molded light pods for 50” (aft) and 20” (forward) Rigid Industries LED light bars with diffused lenses. Notice how the platform, sunshade, satellite domes and radar antenna match her hull color, and the outriggers and sunshade frame complement each other in a sexy black.
Viking quality, style and engineering prowess shine from stem to stern. A pair of MTU SERIES 2000 V12 M96X engines power this pretty girl; and she’s equipped with an array of available enhancements and conveniences including a pair of 29 kW gensets, a Seakeeper 26, helm and cockpit air conditioning, a crushed ice machine, a water maker and purification system as well as a raw-water plumbing protection system. Both the bow and the cockpit have been plumbed for bait tanks. Besides the striking gray-and-black color coordination, the yacht’s faux-teak toe rail and salon door as well as its teak cockpit, coaming and covering boards add to the aesthetic appeal.
Since her introduction, the 68 Convertible has remained a huge hit in the Viking lineup, with 28 boats delivered and more than 35 sold. In addition to the open bridge model, we also offer the 68 with an enclosed bridge as shown above.