Boat Review: Viking 50 Open

The Viking 50 Open is so well-designed for fishing that the only equipment you'll need to bring are rods, reels and bait.

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Look for Viking Yacht Company's newest addition to its substantial line of sport-fishers during the fall boat show season. Designed to allow a minimal crew to fish competitively, even in a tournament setting, the Viking 50 Open will feature a large cockpit that includes plenty of attractions for demanding fishermen. A livewell and a cooler surround the huge, optionally refrigerated in-deck fish box, and a second livewell or a transom-mounted fish box/livewell combo is also available for extra-long runs. Fishermen will also appreciate the bait-prep center with freezer and five-drawer tackle cabinet, and the custom gaff storage locker. Fresh- and saltwater wash downs, side-discharge scuppers, rod holders, recessed cleats and hawse pipes, and an automatic shore-power cable-handling system are all designed to make life afloat as convenient as possible.

Up just three steps from the cockpit, the 50 Open's raised bridge deck will offer a centerline helm with good visibility in all directions. Besides improving visibility, the raised bridge deck will also increase headroom in the engine room to a full 66 inches. The trademark Viking space will include a white finish, bright illumination, steel-beam engine mounts and a design that places accessibility of all systems as top priority. High-pressure, aircraft-type fuel fittings and hoses, fuel priming pumps, wiring cable runs, built-in oil changing system, integral fire protection system and main-engine raw-water suction diverter valves will also be included.

Down below, the 50 Open will feature an open galley, an L-shaped convertible dinette that can sleep two, a day head and a master stateroom with private head. A two-stateroom layout will also be available.