|Deadrise/Transom||11.7 deg.||Water Cap||
|Max Headroom||N/A||Bridge Clearance||
5.94 m w/ hardtop
|Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.|
|Std. Power||Caterpillar C-32 ACERT, 1825-hp|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
MTU Series 2000 V16 M93, 2400-hp
MTU Series 2000 V16 M91, 2030-hp
This is an artist’s rendition of the new Viking 76 making her way down the Mullica River from Viking’s plant in New Gretna, NJ sometime this fall. She will debut at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.
While for the last decade or two Viking Yachts has dominated the tournament sportfishing circuit in the Western Hemisphere, the fact is that these days about half of its customers use their Viking convertibles primarily for cruising. Little wonder, then, that the New Gretna, NJ boat builder is placing an emphasis on interior accommodations and the ability to do serious long range cruising.
Count ‘em – five staterooms and four heads, plus a day head! The new Viking 76 is nothing short of a mini cruise ship. Best of all you can also fish from her.
Many convertible owners who use their boat exclusively for cruising obviously prefer this style boat to conventional flush deck motoryachts or large express cruisers. There are several reasons for this phenomenon: First, a convertible simply looks more like a seaman’s or a sportsman’s boat than do most conventional motoryachts. There are many powerboat owners who simply don’t want to be confused for the stereotypical owner of a floating gin palace who all-too-often needs his professional captain in order to start the engines.
Second, convertibles generally have a lower center of gravity than most motoryachts, are built exceedingly tough because their owners are famous for being cowboys offshore, and as a result the best of this breed are able to ride out unpleasant seas with more grace than the average high-sided, high-windage motoryacht. Finally, because the offshore tournament buckaroos want to go fast, most convertibles built these days are light and fast.
The new Viking 76 is built for real business. Take a look at these specs:
Standard power is twin Caterpillar C-32 ACERT, 1825 hp diesels. With these engines and standard equipment, the boat sells for MSRP: $4.594 million. If you want the optional MTU Series 2000 V16 M93, 2400 hp engines, add $550k to the invoice.
As regular readers of Offshore Motoryacht know, we have the highest regard for Viking Yacht’s dedication to quality and building a boat right, no matter what the cost. As we look over Viking’s construction regimen and list of equipment a few things jump out at us as being noteworthy.
Sitting up on the mez anglers and guests will have a great view of the cockpit action be it fighting a big one, or surveying an onboard cocktail party.
The whole interior of the hull molding has a gelcoat top coat with a polyurethane coating, including in the engine room and anchor locker. The fuel tanks and holding tank are fiberglass with baffles inside, have balsa core in the sides for stiffness and are sealed to the hull with resin foam. We prefer fiberglass fuel tanks because they can be placed lower in the boat, conform to the bottom shape, and thereby lower the center of gravity. Further they eliminate the worry of an aluminum tank rusting through or getting a pinhole leak.
The saloon floor is molded fiberglass and not plywood, the keel is solid material, and the main bulkheads and the engine room bulkheads are vacuumed bagged. The engine beds are mounted not only to the longitudinal stringers but also to the transverse stringers in the engine room.
For years Viking has cored its hull sides with balsa as many builders do, as well as to core its bottoms below the waterline, which many traditional, conservative builders do not do. Viking president Pat Healey swears that Viking has never had a problem with water osmosis in its balsa cored bottoms because of the vinylester resin it uses, and we’ll take him at his word.
These views show the enclosed bridge version with the stairwell from the main saloon. We particularly like how Viking has installed comfortable forward-facing bench seats to port and starboard of the helmsman.
The Viking 76 has a Delta-T thermostatically-controlled engine room ventilation system and demisting structure which is the best system money can buy. Further, this Delta-T system has been upgraded to automatically close off ventilation dampers when activated by the automatic fire suppression system.
The Viking 76 has as standard automatic and manual fire suppression system tied into the main engines and generators, something that most responsible builders install on top-tier brands.
On the new Viking 76 the builder has installed a centralized water intake sea chest which is an old idea that is highly practical, and we remain surprised that more builders do not adopt it. Good on ya’ Viking.
There is a hydraulic dewatering pump with a manifold to the forward, engine room, and cockpit bilges. We’re sure that Viking would add a two-way valve on the engine cooling water pick-up for emergency dewatering if you asked them.
Finally, there is the Viking’s patented VIPER steering system. It was first introduced on the 82 over a year ago, and it has been so well received it is being installed as standard equipment on the Viking 76. VIPER stands for Viking Independent Programmable Electro-hydraulic Rudder. This revolutionary steering system eliminates the tie bar between the two rudders allowing them to be individually controlled. As a result the Viking 76 can make high-speed turns on a dime with a turning radius far less than a conventional system.
The new Viking 76 has an island bar in the galley area which means easier access to the work area. This is a welcome change and one that can be made because of the boat’s beam.
As we look over the list of standard equipment we were happy to see that defoggers are standard in the command bridge and that the Moritz Octoplex touch screen control monitor system is installed. Again, this is not an inexpensive system and would be optional on virtually any boat at any price point. Essentially it consolidates all of the boat’s electronic monitoring and control systems into one screen in one place, and the skipper does not have to be running all over the boat to find out what is going on with his vessel.
This is the Viking 76’s standard flying bridge arrangement which is ready for fishing action. If you would like a cruising layout, just ask for it.
Since tournament fishermen often do little else, Viking has basically set up the standard boat equipment list for them. However, if you plan to use the Viking 76 for cruising, there are about $148,000 worth of options we would add to this boat: Davit (1700 lb.) $40,700; Salon forward window mask, $13,960; Hydraulic Windlass, $12,210; Dual radar mast, $13,670; 2 spare 5-blade props with boxes and installation tool, $49,200; and a watermaker (1400 gpd) w/auto back flush, $18,920. Buy a tender with an outboard and you don’t need anything more except for 9 good friends.
This is the room that started it all – the full beam master stateroom. Note the fluted columns on either side of the bed – certainly a spot well-earned by the owner of this boat, which in this case is obviously a man, since there are only 6 pillows on it.
The Viking 76 convertible comes with an open flying bridge or an enclosed bridge. Take your pick. Either way it will make you proud on the sportfishing trail or cruising anywhere in the world. Better yet, do both. For example, go for the extra 600 gallon fuel tank, fish off the Great Barrier Reef, then go north and cruise the Coral Sea. Or, take the boat to Cabo Blanca, Peru where the world record black marlin was caught in 1954 and tie into the big ones, then cruise down to Chile and enjoy its inside passage south to the Straits of Magellan.
Already four of these boats have been sold and Viking is currently about halfway through with hull #1. Our guess is that when it debuts at the Ft. Lauderdale show the rest of the year’s production will be quickly called for. Our advice is – if you like what you see here – get some skin in this game before the Lauderdale show.
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|Dripless Shaft Seals|
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Washdown: Raw Water|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
|Boats More Than 30 Feet|
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|Years||1 year limited warranty|